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Times of India
15 September 2010
Jaipur, India

The state health department will start a monthlong drive from Wednesday. Over 3,000 doctors and medical units will be mobilised as health awareness camps will be held across the state under the "Swasthya Chetna Yatra". Doctors will also provide medical consultation to the rural patients. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot will inaugurate the drive on Wednesday morning at the Birla Auditorium.

The health department has formed mobile medical units called "Swasthya Rath" that includes medical staff, and diagnostic facilities. One such unit will be camping at all the panchayat samitis, and will visit the villages in the area till October 15. Nearly 300 such units have been constituted across the state.

"The departments of ayurveda, education, women and child development, social welfare and panchayati raj will also support the drive. Free consultation, diagnosis and treatment will be provided at these camps," said A A Khan, health minister.

With a spurt in seasonal diseases in the state, efforts will be made to generate awareness towards malaria and swine flu.

The annual health department drive plays a major role in providing health services in rural areas and thereby, helping in the early detection of several diseases. "In several cases, rural patients often avoid travelling to the health centres, but with the services now being available near their villages, they will definitely come forward for diagnosis," said a health department official.

Mean while, principal health secretary B M Sharma has instructed for provisioning of provisioning electricity and water at all the government health centres by September 20. Senior department officials have been asked to submit a status report by end of this week.

Cataract care
During the health drive, a district-wise list will be prepared of cataract patients. This list will be referred to the local health centre, and patients willing to undergo surgery will be provided the complete schedule for the operation. The exact date and time of the surgery will be communicated to the patients.

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