KOCHI: As part of the national cleanliness campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students of the Amrita Viswavidyapitam; doctors; employees of the Amrita Institute of
Medical Sciences; celibates (brahmacharis) and volunteers joined the ‘Mission Kochi Amalabharatham’ campaign held in Kochi on Thursday.
Over 2,500 participants cleaned the 11-km stretch of the national highway from Amrita Hospital to Vyttila. Amritakripanandapuri of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math formally inaugurated the drive.
He exhorted the participants to follow cleanliness for an ascetic lifestyle. The function was presided over by Tony Chammany.
“The Mission Kochi Amalabharatham campaign has received massive public support. If it is sustained the city would be a model for the entire State,” he said.
MLAs Benny Behnan and Hibi Eden also participated.
Amrita School of Medicine principal Dr Prathapan Nair; Dr Jaggu Sudhakaran; Anaghamritha Chaitanya; and corporation councillors M P Mahesh Kumar, I A Shafique V N Sarojini and Rema Gopakumar also participated in the cleanliness drive.
Garbage was collected and segregated as ‘degradable’ and ‘non-degradable before disposing it off.
Amrita to Conduct COPD Screening
Kochi: The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, will conduct a free COPD screening programme on November 19. It will offer free Spirometry test and medical advice. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is generally considered as a smoking-related lung disease that causes breathlessness on exertion, and cough with production of phlegm, in most people. The symptoms often tend to progress slowly, and are often seen in smokers who are above the age of 40. For further details and registration, contact 0484-2858650.