Kerala policemen to be screened for cancer and lifestyle diseases

KOCHI: To help its force have better health, the Kerala policehave tied up with city based Aster Medcity and launched ‘Rakshaka Raksha’. Under this, a series of series of free cancer and lifestyle diseasesscreening camps for the police will be held.

 The first screening camp for 300 police personnel was conducted on Monday by a medical team from Aster Medcity with cancer specialists. In the first phase, the camps will be conducted in Ernakulam and Trichur districts. The camps will be held till 31 March, 2017.

“The policemen work long, irregular hours and have high levels of stress. They are at risk for various lifestyle related diseases. Due to stress and other factors, they also face an increased risk of cancer. It is essential for the police personnel to have regular check-ups so that any health problem can be diagnosed early for successful treatment,” said Dr Harish Pillai, CEO, Aster Medcity and Cluster Head (Kerala) of Aster DM Healthcare.A recent report published by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BRPD) and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) indicates that a majority of police personnel work for more than eight hours a day and over 70% do not get a weekly off even once a month. In addition, police personnel are often called into work on holidays for emergencies.

“Policemen in pursuit of their responsibility, tend to ignore their health. This is the reason we are working with Aster Medcity and the Kerala Police to organise these camps for the police personnel and their families,” said Swasthi Foundation chairman Jacob Punnoose, who was instrumental in the tie-up. Swasthi Foundation had been conducting free cancer screening camps from November 2016 for the policemen.