Seva Diwas: Chandigarh citizens turn up in huge numbers at CWT’s Free Mega Multi-Specialty Health Check-up to celebrate PM Narendra Modi’s birthday
Punjab Governor & UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit inaugurates mega camp, Union Minister Smriti Irani to attend the closing ceremony
Chandigarh : On the occasion of Seva Diwas, as part of the celebrations of honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd birthday, the Free Mega Multi-Specialty Health Check-up Camp organised by Chandigarh Welfare Trust (CWT), along with the NID Foundation and Chandigarh University Gharuan was inaugurated by Chandigarh UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday morning, at Grain Market, Sector 39, Chandigarh, wherein large number of citizens are taking advantage of various healthcare services provided at the camp.
The mega camp kicked off to a strong response, with more than 20,000 people coming to the different sub-sites catering to different healthcare services. As many as 2000 patients screened for various types of cancer, whereas 5000 people got their eyes screened; prosthetic limbs were distributed among 530 beneficiaries, while 1240 people availed orthopaedic services, 430 paediatrics, 2000 gynaecologist, where the remaining availed general medicinal services at various OPDs in the camps.
It may be mentioned that a special screening test for 7 types of cancer is one of the highlights of the mega camp, which also includes 11 different health services camps such as Eye-screening, Dental Check-up, General Health Check-up, Child health check-up, Orthopaedics, Mental Health Check-up, and Dermatology. Smt Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Women And Child Development, and Minority Affairs will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the camp, later today.
Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Chandigarh UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Shri Banwari Lal Purohit inaugurated the camp in the presence of CWT Founder S. Satnam Singh Sandhu and other top officials of the UT administration including Sh Dharampal Singh (IAS), Advisor to UT Administrator, Chandigarh, Anandita Mitra, Municipal Commissioner, Chandigarh, Sarabjit Kaur, Mayor, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Arun Sood, BJP State president, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, President, World Cancer Care Foundation, among others.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Purohit said that serving the poor and needy people by organising such a big health camp is the greatest tribute paid on the birthday of the Prime Minister.
“Prime Minister’s birthday was celebrated not only in India but all over the world by organizing various activities dedicated to the welfare of the people. But this mega camp, envisages to the serve the people, which I believe is the true homage to the spirit of service as demonstrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji.
Not only his birthday, but the CWT is organising different activities during the 15-day-long Seva Pakhwara from September 17 till October 2. It is a matter of pride that this Pakhwara has begun today, on the birthday of Rashtra-Putra (Son of the Nation) and will conclude on the birthday of Rashtra-Pita (Father of the Nation),” said Shri Purohit, who was the chief guest on the occasion.
Shri Purohit exhorted the people to avail benefits of the different healthcare services and to make this camp a huge success. “I have not seen a bigger health camp in my public life of more than 50 years.
This great effort of the CWT must be supported by the people of Chandigarh so that this demonstration of welfare and service reaches the whole of India, and for this the administration will extend their full cooperation,” he added.
On the occasion, Shri Purohit also launched Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan- Punjab, which seeks to make India Tuberculosis-free by the year 2025, in the presence of Dr Abhinav Trikha, Mission Director, NHM, Punjab, Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra, Director, Health services Punjab and Dr Rajesh Bhashkar, State TB Officer Punjab. He also visited the various OPDs and took stock of the heathcare services being provided.
Sh Dharampal Singh (IAS), Hon’ble Advisor to UT Administrator, Chandigarh said that the efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing accessible and affordable healthcare for the common citizens of the country have been successful and have laid the foundation for a renewed strength and lead in healthcare.
The efforts of UT administration are amplified with the help of such initiatives by organisations like Chandigarh Welfare Trust, NID Foundation, and Chandigarh University, he noted.
Speaking on the occasion, CWT Founder S. Satnam Singh Sandhu said that as the true leader of the people, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has shown that service to humanity is the biggest service one could render.
“To encompass the service to every strata of the society including elderly, women and children, as demonstrated by Shri Narendra Modi, the Trust has decided to celebrate the spirit of Seva, on the occasion of honourable Prime Minister’s 72nd birthday.
As part of the celebrations, the CWT is undertaking a number of activities under the 15-day-long Seva Pakhwara, which began with today’s mega health camp, and as many as 8 other activities will take place over the course of next 14 days in the city beautiful, till the culmination of Seva Pakhwara, which will coincide with Gandhi Jayanti on October 2,” said Sandhu.
Sandhu underlined the momentous efforts put in by the Modi government to put healthcare on the national agenda and said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has made rapid strides towards an integrated national healthcare system that ensures equitable and affordable access to essential medicines, vaccines, and a plethora of other health services.
“When the countries across the globe were struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic, India showed the world the way out and it was possible only due to the visionary and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has established itself as a global superpower in the time of crisis and the credit for this goes to honourable Prime Minister,” he said.
“Today’s mega health camp is our small contribution towards the visionary approach of Prime Minister in Government of India’s revolutionary Ayushman Bharat scheme and the Fit India movement, and is aligned with our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common man as well as to make fitness an integral part of our daily lives,” said Sandhu, also the Chief Patron, NID Foundation and Chancellor, Chandigarh University.
“The registration for the camp was opened last month, and as many as 23,000 people had registered on the online portal. Functional from 9 am to 6 pm, as many as 300 doctors and 300 medicos, along with 1000 Volunteers of CWT are participating in the camp, which will be a completely free of cost camp,” he said, adding that the UT Administration Chandigarh, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, UT Health Department, Directorate of AYUSH Chandigarh, National Rural Health Mission, PGIMER Chandigarh, and Government Medical College & Hospital- Sector 32 have given crucial assistance for the successful conduct of this camp.
Sandhu informed that the mega camp is providing around a dozen health services to the residents of the city including Cancer detection, Eye-screening, Dental Check-up, General Health Check-up, Child health check-up, Orthopaedics, Mental Health Check-up, and Dermatology amongst others.
Sandhu emphasised that the citizens of the UT must attend the camp and get themselves screened for these tests, especially the screening test for 7 types of cancer, in collaboration with World Cancer Care Charitable Society.
“It is very unfortunate to note that Chandigarh is most prone to Cancer in the entire country with the number of cases rising each year. The women and men in Chandigarh have the highest incidence rate for cancer. 105 women in every 1 lakh and 93.4 men in every 1 lakh population of Chandigarh are suffering from the dreaded disease, against the national cancer incidence rate of 97.4 per 1 lakh in females and 92.4 per 1 lakh in males.
“Not only this, the women of the Union Territory must also come forward and screen themselves for breast cancer, which is a rising phenomenon all across the world.
Today, one in every 8 women suffer from breast cancer, which was 1 in 11, four decades ago. In view of this peculiar situation, we want to screen the citizens for 7 types of cancers including Breast Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Lymphoma, Brain Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Bone Cancer and Lung Cancer, free of cost,” Sandhu said.
Noting that while Chandigarh was one of the most developed cities of the country, Sandhu said that there are still certain areas where there is a lot that needs to be done, especially healthcare.
“Chandigarh was at the first position amongst all the states and the union territories of the country in the Health Index 2019-20 released by NITI Aayog.
However, it has slipped down to second position in the health index 2020-21, owing to lower immunisation, lower number of functional critical care units (CCUs) per one thousand of its population as well as shortage of doctors, paramedics and essential health services in the rural areas.
Chandigarh Welfare Trust remains committed to bring Chandigarh back on the top of the National Health Index and has been working in this direction by organising such health camps in various sectors of the city,” he said.
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