On the occasion of World Arthritis Day today, Health Minister Dr Cherlakola Laksham Reddy exhorted the people to keep at bay their health problems through awareness and regular walk and physical exercise.
The minister participated in a walk with private hospitals’ staff, doctors, professors, students and people at Peoples Plaza on the Necklace Road to mark World Arthritis Day.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the people can remain healthy through awareness on health hazards and problems and by exercise and brisk walking on regular basis. The State Government will support the cause of such awareness programs to help people overcome their health problems, he said.
Expressing concern on the growing health problems like joint pains, knee pains and arthritis problems, the minister said early detection of the problem would help patients avoid the disease. There are stages of health problems like immediate checkup to find out the problem at primary stage, beginning treatment to avoid second stage and then go in for an operation at the final stage, he stated.
The minister said the State government was taking all steps to equip the government hospitals with adequate staff, equipment and medicines to provide complete healthcare. He vowed to appoint more arthritis doctors and other staff in the hospitals. Efforts are being made to create confidence among the people through complete healthcare facilities with latest equipment in the government run hospitals, he said. An awareness program conducted in the Agency areas on dengue, malaria and other contagious and viral diseases through Sanskritika Ratha Sarathi yielded good results and people received better healthcare, the minister said. “Our intention is to provide healthcare to people at their doorsteps, he added. (NSS)