A novel and innovative health approach, ‘Healthy Army Healthy Nation’, campaign, aimed to reduce disability and death (morbidity and mortality) among Army personnel due to Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD) and Diabetes, is now on to increase awareness and prevent them from falling prey to these non-communicable diseases.
The ongoing ‘Healthy Army Healthy Nation’ campaign saw its birth as a project of the Directorate of Army Medical Services (DAMS) after it was found that many military personnel retiring in their 40s upon completion of 22 years of service, had already developed one or more of those CVD conditions that would inevitably lead to complications such as kidney failures and heart attacks during their retirement.
The program was launched yesterday (May 19) at new Army Hospital. Commander of the Army in his address to the occasion requested all Army personnel to make use of this opportunity and get their health condition properly examined.
A team of medical experts at Colombo Military Hospital (MH), having observed a steady increase in those diseases among Army personnel, launched the project, emphasizing the striking need for a systematic program of health promotion, education, screening and a continuous surveillance in this direction with a six-pillar model to achieve desired results under the ‘Healthy Army Healthy Nation’ (HAHN) campaign.
This pilot program, based on the six-pillar model began recently with a ‘Training of Trainers’ workshop at Military Hospital (MH) Colombo where 45 nurses were inducted to carry out the roles of the HAHN campaign at their respective military places of work, focusing 14 Division Headquarters in the Colombo Metropolitan. The model is to be implemented uninterruptedly in all island-wide Divisions soon after the six-month period in Colombo is over.