IMA to launch public health brigade to train people


The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken a step ahead in bringing the state’s public health to the forefront of the world by implementing a public health brigade. The first such public health brigade was launched in Thiruvananthapuram by health minister Veena George.


The project will give expert training to well wishers, including auto-taxi drivers and freight workers, who interact closely with the people.


The brigades will educate people about the possible serious consequences of their present lifestyle and also to maintain good health. The comprehensive health awareness programme, which began here on April 7 on the occasion of World Health Day, will run for 131 days until Independence Day.


The practical training sessions have been divided into two groups – comprehensive health promotion and emergency life support training – which focus on spreading the helping hands all around the city.


By the end of the 131 working days, Thiruvananthapuram city will have around 5 lakhs of social health captains.


Those who successfully complete the training will be awarded a badge and a certificate of social health captaincy and life rescue mission accreditation by the Indian Resuscitation Council.