Kamalanagar, 21 April, 2022: A health mela, the first ever, was organized at Kamalanagar today by National Health Mission, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Mizoram. The mela is being conducted by the joint effort of doctors and medical staff from Lawngtlai and of Chawngte CHC.
Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council graced the occasion as its chief guest.
The Health Mela is a programme of the Central Government which facilitates awareness on health-related issues and provide free medical checkup, treatment and counselling. Today’s mela have arranged stalls for medicine specialist case, general medicine, AYUSH, Non-communicable diseases, dental checkup, eye screening, TB, malaria, Adolescent Mental Health plus ICTC, registration for Health Insurance Scheme, Covid immunization and other routine immunization as well. All diagnostics, treatment and counseling will be provided free of cost.
Speaking in the programme the CEM stated that health mela of this type is very essential especially for CADC area where healthcare facility is scarce and given the poor economic condition of the people.
He urged the public to take full advantage of the mela and make the exercise a great success.
He regretted that people of the area do not pay much interest to the different health care schemes being provided by the government. In this regard he cited the very low response of the people of the area to the Mizoram State Health Care Scheme (MSHCS) and Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) despite effort for awareness of their benefits.
He said that he has known many families which have suffered total economic breakdown due to high cost incurred for medical treatment while adding that had such families availed the benefits of the various health care schemes available, they could have averted such disasters.
He also rued about people still showing preference for traditional medicine over modern medicine in this age of 21st century while stating that traditional medicine though works at times but are bereft of scientific backing.
“Habit of self-medication among the people and not taking the full course prescribed by doctors often results in drug resistant diseases”, he remarked and urged to avoid such harmful practices.