Aster MIMS Conducting Cancer Screening for Cops with Swasthi Foundation


Kozhikode: The Kerala Police and Swasthi Foundation in association with Aster MIMS, the leading tertiary care hospital in Kozhikode, has launched Rakshaka Raksha, a series of free cancer and lifestyle diseases screening camps for the state police force.

The programme was inaugurated here the other day by Stephen Devassy, Brand Ambassador, Swasthi Foundation.

Dr. Rahul Menon, CEO, Aster MIMS; U Basheer, Executive Director, Aster MIMS and Dr. K Karthikeya Varma, CMS, Aster DM Healthcare; Gopinath IPS (Retd), Trustee, Swasthi Foundation and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

A medical team from Aster MIMS with cancer specialists will be screening and conducting check-ups among the police personnel in the districts of Kasargod, Kannur, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode. The first camp in the Rakshaka Raksha series was held at Aster MIMS Hospital, where 150 registered police personnel and their family members were screened for cancer.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rahul Menon said, “Our police force work irregular hours in extremely stressful conditions, because the demands of their job is such. The pressure of maintaining law and order puts them at risk for various lifestyle-related diseases like high blood pressure, insomnia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, as well as psychological issues. 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.”

Stephen Devassy, Brand Ambassador, Swasthi Foundation said, “I have had personal experiences with Cancer, having lost a closest member of my family to it. The disease, often undetected, is claiming many lives and it is this that we must try and stop. In the case of many patients, early detection would have helped and that is where organisations like Aster MIMS and Swasthi Foundation comes into play.”

Gopinath IPS said, “Duty comes first for the police personnel, and in pursuit of their responsibility they tend to ignore their health. The police personnel are more likely to suffer numerous health complications than are members of the general workforce. Due to paucity of time, their family’s health also tends to be overlooked. This is the reason we are working with Aster MIMS and the Kerala Police to organise these camps for the police personnel and their families.”

Swasthi Foundation started providing free cancer screening camps in November 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram City and Alappuzha with several organisations. Now with the involvement of Aster MIMS, these camps will be extended to all police districts in Malabar as well. In the first phase, the camps will be held till March 31, 2017.