State Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane said the State Government is committed at providing good health care facilities to the people of Goa, while speaking at World Health Day-2011 celebrations organized by Directorate of Health Services on Thursday. The theme for this year is ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow’.
Rane said that World Health Day 2011 will focus on ‘antimicrobial resistance’ and its global spread. Antimicrobial resistance threatens the continued effectiveness of many medicines used to treat the sick, while at the same time it risks jeopardizing important advances being made against major infectious killers. To underline this, the World Health Organisation public awareness campaign will include a special focus on the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics.
Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava said that it is advisable to follow the whole prescription given by the doctor for killing the disease. He said: “If you take only part, you’ll make them stronger and also develop a resistant towards that drug”. He also highlighted that different schemes are functioning effectively giving solace to the patients of the State.
Addressing the gathering, Health Secretary Rajiv Verma said that the World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April to mark the founding of World Health Organization (WHO). He further informed that every year WHO selects a global health issue and organises international, regional and local events on the Day and throughout the year to highlight the issue. He also highlighted the achievements in the health sector in the State.
On this occasion, village health sanitary committees of Betki under PHC Betki; Seraulim under PHC Cansaulim; and Sant Matias under PHC Corlim were presented first, second and third prizes respectively for their good work.