The Institute of Public Health (IPH), an NGO which works on health hazard issues, in association with health Department, BBMP, and Anganwadis, held an exhibition at the Kadugondanahalli (K G Halli) ward on Wednesday to create awareness on health programmes among poor.
A number of stalls were set up on the occasion. Videos on sanitation, hygiene and waste management were shown to the visitors.
Speaking to Express, Dr Thriveni, faculty, Institute of Public Health said, “Our idea is to create awareness among the poor and make them aware of the available facilities as well as the necessary precautions they need to take to prevent diseases. The Urban Health Centre s(UHC) and the Community Health Centres are underutilized by the people living in this area and surrounding places. Most of them go to these centres only for maternal and child health care.”
Project Officer at the Institute of Public Health V M Bheemarao said that people do not utilise the Government’s services as they are not aware of the free services.
“The people need to be educated. They are not aware of many free health services guaranteed under both Central and State Government schemes.The Government should pay more attention to Bangalore East as the population is dense here and most of them are poor.”