In a heart-warming initiative, residents of Indiranagar have come together to organise a health camp for traffic policemen working in the area. The health camp will be held on July 21 and will be for traffic policemen working in the Halasuru and Jeevan Bhima Nagar traffic police stations.
The idea was initiated by iChange Indiranagar, a federation of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) in Indiranagar, Defense Colony and HAL 2nd and 3rd Stage.
"Of all the civic authorities we deal with, we are happiest with our relationship with the traffic police. They are very responsive on WhatsApp and constantly engage with us whenever there is an issue. And we wanted to give something back to them," says Ashok Sharat, a resident of Defense Colony and a member of iChange Indiranagar.
One of the residents who is a doctor, Dr Kiran M, decided to speak to authorities at the hospital he is working at - Narayana Health - to help organise this. "Residents come across the fact that traffic police in this area are exposed to heavy pollution. Some of the resident associations have worked with these traffic policemen and they noticed the kind of pollution they are exposed to. We thought of having a health checkup for all policemen starting with the traffic police," says Kiran.
The traffic policemen have already undergone a blood test at Vijaya Diagnostics and will be arriving for the checkup with their reports. "They had a blood test in the lab and they will be coming for the checkup with their reports. They were tested for sugar, hemoglobin and creatinine. These are screening tests commonly done. On the day of the checkup, we have tied up with Narayana Health, who will be doing a heart and general checkup and lungs tests," says Dr Kiran.
Around 80-100 traffic policemen are set to benefit from this initiative. "The programme will be covering the traffic police and other police persons, but we will be starting with the traffic police first because it is not possible to conduct all of it at one go," says Dr Kiran.