‘Swastha Mann, Swastha Ghar’ – health melas to be organized across India
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 holding Health Melas on the fourteenth of every month in 1.56 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWC) across the country, according to a Government press 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 centers. Sickle Cell Disease screening will also be undertaken as part of these countrywide health melas, said the health ministry.
Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech on February 1, had had said 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 held on the theme, ‘Cycle for Health’ at Lady Hardinge Medical College. An area in the hospital premises will have a dedicated cycle stand.
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. Mandaviya tweeted.
“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 promoting preventive healthcare and the Fit India Movement, which aims to make fitness and healthy living an integral part of daily life.