In a first of its kind initiative,the BMC is now planning to open health clinics for citizens over 40 years of age. The civic administration is planning to open the first such civic-run clinic at Nair Hospital by September. This will be later replicated in other major civic hospitals,including KEM and Sion.
With osteoporosis,vitamin D deficiency and obesity on the rise,civic officials said there is a need for a specialised clinic that can focus on the health concerns of 40-plus residents.
Middle-aged citizens,especially aged 40-plus,are facing health concerns ranging from lifestyle diseases such as hypertension,diabetes,lack of vitamin D,to other diseases like osteoporosis, said Dr S J Nagda,dean of Nair Hospital Dental College.
In addition to treating patients,the clinic will also focus on preventive healthcare. We are planning to introduce health camps,awareness campaigns and check-ups on a routine basis to ensure that such health hazards can be avoided, said Dr Nagda.
Experts said citizens over the age of 40 are the most-worked age group,both professionally and personally,and there is a complete lack of awareness among this age group to go for routine health check-ups.
There are increasing instances of 40-plus people suffering from musculoskeletal disorder (MSDs),which can affect muscles,joints,tendons,ligaments and nerves. Most work-related MSDs develop over time and are usually seen in this age group. Such illnesses,resulting from a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise,can be detected early if proper and timely check-ups are conducted, said a doctor from a civic hospital.
These citizens can walk into the specialised clinics and get health check-ups on a routine basis. We are planning to introduce attractive packages for people that will be cost-to-cost and affordable, said Dr Nagda,adding that the packages will be beneficial for people below the poverty line,who cannot afford them.
The BMC health budget for 2013-14 is estimated at over Rs 2,500 crore. The BMC had also announced reserving beds for the middle class in its civic hospitals.