Gangtok, 07 Apr [IPR]:World Health Day 2018 with the theme- “Universal Health Coverage” with special focus towards Elimination of Tuberculosis by 2022was observed today at ChintanBhawan in the presence of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as chief guest.
On the day, the CM announced that the government will grant Rs5 lakh to the GPU which makes the GPU TB Free and Rs 10 lakh to a TB Free Zilla. Further, monthly allowance of Rs 3000 each will be given to TB patients as nutritional support.
During the event, a booklet on TB, Operational Guidelines for HPV vaccination and Global Audit Tobacco Survey [GATS- 2] Report were released bythe Chief Minister.
The programme also featured the distribution of Kayakalp Awards 2017-18 to different Public Health Institutions of the State for demonstrating high level of cleanliness, hygiene and infection free environment. Among the awardees were District Hospital, Namchi, District Hospital, Gyalshing, SorengPHC, Pakyong PHC,Temi PHC and Chungthang PHC.
The CM also launched Mobile Apps on Blood Donation and Denture distribution programmefollowing which the centenary souvenir of STNM Hospital was released.
The government doctors of Sikkim also felicitated the CM on the occasion followed by the screening of a short video on Tuberculosis.
Earlier on his arrival, the CM inaugurated the Tuberculosis Mobile Van at the premises of ChintanBhawan.
The programmealso had the presence of Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Chairpersons and Advisors, Government Doctors and staff from throughout the State, all District Collectors, Block Development Officers, Panchayat fraternity, Nagar Panchayat, senior officers of the government, and Principals and students of various schools and colleges.
Earlier, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health Department, Vishal Chauhan, in his welcome address, presented an overview of TB Programme in the State and highlighted the initiatives taken by the Department under the guidance of the CM. He laid stress on the resolve of the State government to eliminate TB by 2022. He shared that the Government of India has adopted the Open Defecation Free strategy of the Sikkim government for elimination of TB from the country.
The CM, in his address, said, “We should not confine this important issue to just a one day event but should work round the year to make the health of the people of Sikkim a high priority.”
He expressed best wishes to the doctors, officers of Health Department and everybody present on the occasion and urged the gathering to take the message of this day to every nook and corner of Sikkim.
“Health is our biggest wealth but we tend to neglect it and health is determined by both physical and mental health aspects for a happy life.Ten thousand years ago, there was hardly any incident of people falling ill and everyone lived a natural life free of any ailments. People were mentally sound and balanced and the food that was eaten those days was pure and natural. It is an irony that even with the evolution of technology, people are falling ill in this modern age,” he stated.
“This situation is man-made as we are adopting unhealthy practices and unless we make our life natural and align it to the laws of nature, we will not be healthy. Most of our illness is psychosomatic nowadays and if we can learn to tame the mind we can lead a healthy and happy life. We have to adopt universal compassion and accept everybody as our own and we should all realise that the biggest parameter of development is healthy and happy life. Clean air, clean water, clean food and independence are our basic needs which can make us happy and healthy,” he added.
He urged the doctors and health functionaries to raise awareness among the masses about tips to lead a healthy life.
The CM informed that Sikkim was the first State to start Hepatitis B Vaccination andMeasles vaccine. Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Vaccine will also be started along with many other firsts in the State to ensure good health for the people of Sikkim. The Organic Mission is a noble idea and should be embraced and adopted for the larger good of the people of Sikkim, he added.
“I have even offered my suggestion to the Central government to put a ban on import of chemical fertilizers and make India an Organic country. The government will save enormously on subsidy on fertilizers,” he shared.
He urged all officers, Panchayat, Nagar Panchayats and health workers to work out of their routine and work on a mission mode to make Sikkim the first TB Free State.