Saturday, October 18, 2014

The lighter and other side of Medicine- at the 21st MTNL Perfect Health Mela

Youth Festival to Propagate Preventive Health and Hygiene Measures

Heart Care Foundation of India, a leading national non-profit organization is committed to making India a healthier and disease free nation. 

On the 4th day of its annual flagship event-The 21st MTNL Perfect Health Mela organized Medico Masti festival an inter college youth fiesta at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. Thousands of students of across 50 colleges, medical and non-medical from Delhi NCR participated in the event.

On the spot competitions like fashion show, choreography, rock band, etc were organized as part of the festival. Other competitions included western and classical dancing, quiz contest, singing competition, etc. Infotainment is a new concept of creating health education and in this module education is interlinked with entertainment. 

Addressing the event , Padma Shri, DST National Science and Communication and Dr. BC Roy National Awardee and the President of the Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr. KK Aggarwal said “That to prevent the increase  of heart diseases in the nation, the prevention must start in college life. He said that college students should follow the principles of formula of 80 which is as under: To live more than  80 years without life style diseases keep your Abdominal Circumference, Lower Blood Pressure,  LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Pulse Rate and Fasting Sugar all lower than 80.Anyone who gains weight of more than 5 kg after the age of 18 in girls and 20 in boys is obese and overweight. Any weight gain at this age should be avoided.”

Dr. Smita Mishra Sr. Cardiologist Fortis Hospital and Dr. O.P Yadava C.E.O. National Heart Institute added, “The youth must learn to say no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. They also must abstain themselves from casual sex, especially if it is unprotected.”

The Mela had facilities like 3D echo cardiograph, ECG and other basic consultation will be provided. Those people can afford treatment will be guided and people who cannot afford treatment will get a subsidiary or free heart surgery. Keeping in mind the healthcare needs of the poor and needy, special free of diagnostic facilities and cardiac interventions will be provided by National Heart Institute for rheumatic heart disease and Medanta –Medicity will focus on congenital heart disease and also MTNL had set up live video conferencing unit at the mela with Medanta-Medicity.

The Perfect Health Mela is an annual mass health awareness module started in 1993, catering to people from all age groups and walks of life; the Mela incorporates activities across categories such as health check up camps, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, workshops and competitions. This year’s Mela will feature a first of its kind SAIL Heart and Health Pavilion to provide a complete solution to a person’s overall healthcare needs. People will now not only be able to learn about preventive health measures through interactive entertainment modules but will also be able to seek treatment and consultation under one roof. This year’s Mela was organized in association with NDMC, MCD, SAIL and MTNL and its theme is “Swach Baharat, Swasth Bharat”. The main philosophy behind this theme is that by improving the cleanliness of the country, several leading diseases such as dengue, typhoid, malaria, cholera can be prevented.

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