Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah launched the 'Healthy Hyderabad' campaign at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Over 15 lakh people over the age of 30 years residing in slums in the city will be screened for hypertension and diabetes under the campaign and subsequently referred to notified hospitals for further treatment.
The campaign is part of a nation-wide initiative taken up by the Centre in six metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad – to create awareness among slum-dwellers on lifestyle diseases.
The campaign is a precursor to the launch of National Urban Health Mission by the Centre, according to state Principal Secretary (Health) PV Ramesh.
The campaign launched in Hyderabad today would be expanded to other cities in the state in the next phase, he said.
"Emphasis of this campaign is not only creation of awareness but also prevention, early detection and treatment of lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes. These are 'silent' diseases that are accounting for 40 per cent of deaths," Ramesh said.
Health Minister Danam Nagender, Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Y Srilakshmi and others were present on the occasion.