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Improve hygiene in slums, BMP told

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BANGALORE, FEB. 23. The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Kagodu Thimmappa, on Monday urged the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) to take steps to improve hygiene in slums.

He was inaugurating the Healthy City Summit, where ways to develop Bangalore as a model city for health were discussed. The Healthy City initiative has been taken up by the BMP in association with the Commonwealth Association of Mental Health and Development Disabilities (CAMHADD), and the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, with technical support from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Mr. Thimmappa said the city had many slums with poor hygiene, and they were posing health and environmental hazards. After clearing slums, a township could be built on the outskirts of Bangalore for slum dwellers, he suggested.

The Minister said the action plan evolved at the summit should be implemented immediately.

The Bangalore Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, proposed the handing over of the 27 primary health centres (PHCs) run by the Government in Bangalore to the BMP for better management and providing better healthcare. Mr. Thimmappa accepted the proposal.

The BMP Commissioner, M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy, said the aim of the Healthy City initiative was to promote a healthy lifestyle among the residents of Bangalore.

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