Andhra government’s ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ to raise awareness on health and medical issues

Starting January 1 , the programme will generate awareness on one health-related aspect each month among rural people

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Around 1,200 medical students have been trained to take part in first ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ programme on New Year’s day

In order to create awareness among rural people across Andhra Pradesh about various aspects of health, hygiene and diseases, state government launched a novel medical and health programme ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ on Saturday. However, awareness activities under the programme will be taken up only from January 1.

Under this programme, medical, dental, nursing and home-science students will visit villages and educate people regarding personal hygiene, nutritious food habits, environment, anaemia and communicable diseases.

While launching the programme at Zilla Parishad Meeting Hall, panchayat raj minister Ayyanna Patrudu said, “We are aiming to make Visakhapatnam the first 100 per cent healthy district through this programme. The government is giving utmost priority to health issues in the state and has allotted 6 per cent funds in the budget towards medical and health as against 2 per cent funds allocated by the previous government towards the same cause.”

The minister further said due to lack of awareness on health education, around 60 per cent people suffer from minor diseases and frequent the hospitals. To address this problem, ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ has been launched to generate awareness on one health-related aspect each month. The programme will be in place for 10 months, the minister added.

Patrudu also asked the nursing students not to confine themselves to classrooms and curriculum but go out on field visits and create awareness among rural people and thus benefit the society right from student life. “All medical and health, panchayat raj, rural water supply department and other department staff should coordinate and strive hard to implement the programme properly,” he said.

District collector Pravin Kumar said the state government has implemented 16 novel programmes on medical and health in the past two years. “Vizag is somewhat lagging behind in the health index. So all staff and officials in the village level should coordinate,” he added.

The district medical and health officer (DMHO) said all students should go to the villages in Chandranna vehicles throughout the year except March and April to create awareness. “Each village should be visited by a team of two students. There are 13 mobile government vehicles in the district,” the DMHO added.

Principal of Andhra Medical College (AMC) Dr T Radha pointed out that around 1,200 medical students have already been trained to take part in the first ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ programme on New Year’s day. Biometric attendance for the students will also be included in the programme.

Source: Times of India