New Delhi: As part of the ongoing “Swastha Mann, Swastha Ghar” campaign launched last year to enhance awareness surrounding healthy living, the central government will be organising Health Melas on the fourteenth of every month in 1.56 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWC) across the country, according to a Government release. Activities like Yoga, Zumba, Teleconsultation and Nikshay Poshan Abhiyan along with Non-Communicable Diseases screening and Drug Distribution will be taken up at the health centres. Sickle Cell Disease screening will also be undertaken as part of these countrywide health melas, said the health ministry.
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Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech on February 1, had stated that the central government aims to eliminate sickle cell anemia by 2047, and a mission will soon be launched in this regard.
In Delhi, a cyclathon will be organized with the theme, ‘Cycle for Health’ at Lady Hardinge Medical College. An area in the hospital premises will have a dedicated cycle stand.
Giving a shout-out to all health and cycling enthusiasts, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urged all citizens to participate in the mega cycling event at their nearest AB-HWC.
“Cycling is one of the best ways to keep our body healthy, fit & active. Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel, but ride!”, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.
Cycling is one of the best ways to keep our body healthy, fit & active.
On the 14th of February 2023, #CycleForHealth at your nearest Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centre.
"Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel, but ride!" https://t.co/kZxBXE5UgL
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) February 13, 2023
“Swastha Mann, Swastha Ghar” is a year-long campaign from November 2022 to October 2023. It will promote the theme of Health and Wellness to commemorate the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (AKAM). This is in line with the new National Health Policy, 2017 which focuses on preventive and promotive healthcare and the Fit India Movement, 2019 which aims to make fitness and healthy living an integral part of our daily lives.
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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.