More than 300 Pourakarmikas from all city wards undergo health screening

Proposal for further treatment will be placed before the council, says Mayor

A massive health camp was organised at the Town Hall in the city on Thursday where specialist doctors diagnosed more than 300 Pourakarmikas. 

The Pourakarmikas were drawn from all wards of the Mysore City Corporation (MCC).

The health camp was launched by the MCC as part of its efforts to recognise Pourakarmikas who worked hard enabling the city to top the Swachh Bharath rankings for the second consecutive year.

Earlier, these camps would be organised at periodic intervals at ward level. According to the MCC officials, this was for the first time all the Pourakarmikas have been brought under one roof. Specialist doctors from Apollo and Vikram hospitals checked up the patients for ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure and hypertension.

Inaugurating the health camp, Mayor B L Bhyrappa said that the real winners of Swachh Bharath rankings were Pourakarmikas. “They toil day and night and risk their health in removing the dirt from the city. This health camp will screen them for any ailments and if there is a need for further treatment, a proposal will be placed before the council for approval and sanction,” he said.

Speaking to this newspaper, Gayathri, a Pourakarmika said that it was a good move by the MCC to organise such camps. “We cannot afford to go to hospitals as treatments are expensive. The MCC must conduct such camps at least once in 6 months,” she said.

Shivappa, another Pourakarmika said that along with the treatment, the government must also provide free medicines.

Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, Corporator Snake Shyam were present. 

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