15 January 2017
The Kerala Police and Swasthi Foundation in association with Aster Medcity, the leading quaternary care hospital in Kerala launched ‘Rakshaka Raksha’, a series of free Cancer and Lifestyle diseases screening camps for the state police force .The programme was Inaugurated by lighting of the lamp jointly by Sri. Loknath Behra IPS, DGP of Kerala and Ms. Mamta Mohandas,Brand Ambassador, Swasthi Foundation in the presence of many distinguished dignitaries and other invitees at a colourful function.
A medical team from Aster Medcity with cancer specialists screening and conducting check-ups of the police personnel attending these camps. Aster Medcity the service providers for the camps conducting at Kochi & Thrissur. The first camp of the series was held here today for about 300 police personnel including their family members who were registered for the camp.
Dr. Harish Pillai ,CEO ,Aster Medcity and Cluster Head(Kerala) of Aster DM Healthcare said, “The police have great responsibility and work long irregular hours under high levels of stress. The pressures of maintaining law and order put the police at risk for various lifestyle related diseases like high blood pressure, insomnia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, as well as psychological issues. Due to stress and other factors, they also face an increased risk of cancer. It is essential for the police personnel to have regular check-ups so that any health problem can be diagnosed early for successful treatment.”
A recent report published by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BRPD) and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) indicates that a majority of police personnel work for more than eight hours a day and over 70% do not get a weekly off even once a month. In addition, police personnel are often called into work on holidays for emergencies.
Sri Jacob Punnoose IPS, Chairman, Swasthi Foundation said, “Duty comes first for the police personnel, and in pursuit of their responsibility, they tend to ignore their health. The police personnel are more likely to suffer numerous health complications than are members of the general workforce. Due to paucity of time, their family’s health also tends to be overlooked. This is the reason we are working with Aster Medcity and the Kerala Police to organise these camps for the police personnel and their families.”
Swasthi Foundation started providing free cancer screening camps in November 2016 in Trivandrum City and Alappuzha with several benevolent organisations. Now with the involvement of Aster Medcity, the camps will be extended to all police districts in the state of Kerala. In the first phase, the camps will be held till 31st march 2017.
Sri. S Gopinath IPS (Retd.) ,Trustee, Swasthi Foundation, Swami Gururathna Jnana Thapaswi Org. Secretary, Shanthigiri Ashramam,Sri. Sreejith IPS,IG, Ernakulam Range, Sri. Abey George,General Secretary, Swasthi Foundation,Sri. Captain Raju,Film Actor,Sri. T C Mathew,Vice President, BCCI & Trustee, Swasthi Foundation,Dr. G Kishore,Principal, LNCPE,Sri. Jassie Gift,Vice Chairman, Swasthi Foundation,Smt. Tara Kalyan,Vice Chairperson, Swasthi Foundation,Sri. Sabu Cherian.Trustee, Swasthi Foundation,Smt. Manju Pillai,Trustee, Swasthi Foundation,Dr. Ramdas,Superintendent, RCC & Swasthi Saukhya,Dr. Chandra Mohan,Chairman, Swasthi Saukhya.Dr. Babu Mathew,Swasthi Saukhya,Sri Harikrishnan,Trustee, Swasthi Foundation,Smt. Karthiyayani V,Trustee, Swasthi Foundation,Smt. Asha Subramanian,Trustee, Swasthi Foundation,Sri. Yatish Chandra G H IPS,Deputy Commissioner Of Police, Kochi were among those participated.
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