Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Welcome to the opening day of the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela

The 25th edition of the MTNL Perfect Health Mela opens today. The 5-day event is being held at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi from 8 am to 10 pm.

Shri Satyendra Jain Health Minister, Delhi Govt. will inaugurate the Mela. The inaugural function will be held today from 5 pm onwards.

The inauguration will be followed by a performance by Padma Bhushan awardee Pandit Chhannulal Mishra, a renowned exponent of Indian classical music.

The Mela would be graced by the presence of various Padma awardees. Among the Guests of Honor are Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan Dr Yamini Krishnamurthy; Padma Bhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan, Radha Raja Reddy and Shanno Khurana. The Padma Shri awardees are Bhajan Sopori, Bharati Shivaji, Ranjana Gauhar, Geeta Chandran and Kiran Segal.

Keeping with its tradition of creating health awareness through “infotainment”, the Mela has planned such activities for all five days of the event.

Administration of CPR by a layperson bystander (bystander CPR) is important in determining patient outcome after out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. CPR 10 is a formula to help the public remember the process of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after sudden cardiac death. There is substantial evidence to suggest that CPR is effective in the first 10 minutes of cardiac arrest.

So, we created a CPR Formula of 10 which is “Within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better), at least for the next 10 minutes (longer the better, up to 25 minutes), compress the centre of the chest of the victim with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”

Everyone should know CPR. Hands-only CPR 10 is easy to learn and easy to do. One does not need to be a doctor or be certified in this technique to do CPR.

National Campaign on Hands-only CPR 10 will also be launched today (4 pm) in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India.

Another noteworthy event of the day is a Panel Discussion on Harm Reduction, where experts would discuss indoor air pollution, a very relevant public health issue today. Indoor air pollution is not discussed enough, but it can cause as much harm as outdoor air pollution, perhaps even more, as it can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution due to the greater concentration of pollutants in a contained space.

Enjoy the traditional Indian dances in ‘Heritage’, the festival that celebrates Indian classical dances. This year, Heritage will showcase Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi.

Perhaps the biggest challenge that we face today is the rising burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). They are also called “lifestyle disorders”, which means they can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Lifestyle disorders have their origin in childhood; hence, all lifestyle changes should start in schools.

Heritage, therefore, is not just an interschool dance competition; it is also an opportunity for children to learn the importance of physical activity to stay fit via the medium of dance.

Besides, physical health, dance also improves mental health. Music and dance shift one from the sympathetic (disturbed) to the parasympathetic (relaxed) state, which alleviates stress and anxiety. The parasympathetic state is healing and allows one to make better and correct, consciousness-based choices. Classical Indian dances are a mix of yoga, meditation, relaxation and exercise.

Other key activities scheduled for today include a workshop on Menstrual Hygiene (3-5 pm) and Emergency training drill (10 am -11 am) with live demonstration of a disaster scenario. Eco Club competitions on “Environment & Health” for schools and colleges will be held jointly with the Dept. of Environment & Forests, Delhi Govt.

This year different departments of the Govt. of India such as Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Culture, Dept. of Handicrafts, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Dept. of Handicrafts & Handloom, RNCTP, NVBDCP are participating in the Mela.

Depts. of Delhi Govt. participating in the Mela are Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation, Dept. of Art, Language & Culture, Dept. of Environmen, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife, Dept. of Transport, Dept. of Women & Child Development, Directorate of Education and Maulana Azad Medical College.

No one can afford to miss this event…

Join us at the Perfect Health Mela for a fun-filled outing and also learn about preventive health care.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
President Elect Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania   (CMAAO)
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Immediate Past National President IMA


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