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An elderly man looks at the healthy city card, which Trinity Hospital and Heart Foundation and the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike launched in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
BANGALORE, NOV. 14. The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), along with Trinity Hospital and Heart Foundation, launched the "Health City Campaign" on World Diabetes Day, an occasion which saw the release of the "Health City Card".
The health city card, designed to create health awareness among Bangaloreans, is issued to provide citizens with a host of benefits such as emergency and free ambulance service, free annual health check-up twice a year, specialised tests and treatments at concession.
The programme is aimed at creating a database of health status of Bangaloreans with latest technologies such as Smart cards and Electronic Case Health Records (ECHR).
Lifestyle awareness programmes, health awareness camps, and Health check-up camps are envisaged under the programme.
Issuing the cards to senior citizens on the occasion, the Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, said Bangalore had become a "wealthy city." The BMP had now taken the initiative to make Bangalore a "healthy city", he said.
He said the programme, launched in the V.V. Puram ward on an experimental basis, would soon be extended to other wards. He accepted a card for himself.
The chairman and chief cardiologist of Trinity Hospital, B.G. Muralidhara, said: "It is estimated that nearly 15 lakh people in Bangalore suffered from hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure and nearly half of them are not aware of the problem."
M.C. Modi, ophthalmologist, issued Healthy City Cards to many people, including senior citizens and underprivileged. Abdul Karim, 94, was a delighted man when he received the card from Dr. Modi. He said: "The present generation suffers from many diseases because of rapid changes in lifestyle. Physical activity and healthy food is keeping me fit, this is a good venture by BMP and Trinity Hospital which will be helpful for many aged and poor people."
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