Sanitary workers require health cover, medical checkups: SMC Commissioner

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Feb 23: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Commissioner, Dr Shafqat Khan today underlined the need to provide a medical cover to the Corporation’s employees who provide round-the-clock sanitation services in the city
“The welfare of the sanitation staff along with their health issues shall remain my highest priority,” said Dr Shafqat. He further stressed that sanitary workers play an important role in maintaining health and hygiene within the city limits.
“These sweepers are exposed to dust while cleaning streets and roads. It may be the cause of the frequent complaint of respiratory system illness, which may further cause acute and chronic lungs impairment besides other life threatening illness,” he said.
Describing these employees as “the backbone of the SMC”, Dr Shafqat said: “These employees shall go through the medical assistance constantly and the other required needs would be looked into for the welfare of these ‘safai wallas’.”
He said a team of medicos shall visit to the residential areas of these safaiwallas on a regular basis to carry out health check-ups. “The exercise is aimed at knowing the health conditions of the employees and the hygiene of their dwellings,” he said.
The Commissioner said such medical measures will not only help in knowing the health of a sanitary worker but also in early detection of any ill impact of their daily job. He also called for regular awareness programs among employee to impart education regarding safer work procedures and use of personal protective measures.