Punjab Government has announced a new free health check-up scheme in the form of free annual preventive health check-up programme (FAPHC) for the people above 30 years of age in the State. The state government has planned the initiative through an expert group led by the Advisor (Health) Dr K K Talwar and Dr Rajesh Kumar of PGIMER.
Under the health check-up scheme, each resident of the state whose age is above 30 years will be screened for diseases like anaemia, hypertension, diabetes, kidney and liver etc.
Objective of Free Health Check-Up Scheme
The main objective the scheme is to prevent/control such diseases by detecting those at early stage. As per the experts, early diagnosis through regular check-ups is the key to prevention of such diseases and improve the quality of life.
The state government has already launched free medicine and diagnostic facilities across the state. If a candidate is found to be suffering from kidney and liver diseases, he/she will be referred to nearest tertiary care facilities under the scheme.
Under the scheme, people above the age of 30 years will be examined for such diseases every Saturday at community health centers and will be motivated to take healthy food and exercise regularly.