MTNL Perfect Health Mela attracts large number of people for checkups
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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011
by Dr K K Aggarwal
Heart Care Foundation of India
Over 200,000 Visit MTNL Perfect Health Mela 77,000 have checkups
Around 200.000 people including a large number of students visited various events at the MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011 organized by Heart Care Foundation of India in association with various government and non governmental bodies at Laxmi Bai Nagar, said Dr. K K Aggarwal, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India & MTNL Perfect Health Mela.
One of the highlights of the Mela was ‘LIC Heritage’, an inter classical dance school competition where Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kathak competitions were organized. Mrs. Komlavardhan Padma Awardee and Bharat Natyam Dancer and one of the Judges said that classical dancing is like meditation and reduces chances of future heart attacks.
College students enjoy medicomasti at Health Mela
Over 2500 students of 22 colleges including Medical, Pharmacy, Homeopathy, Nursing and Business schools participated in Medico Masti, an inter Youth Festival.
Dr. Aggarwal said that the right way to motivate and change the lifestyle of the youth is to pass on health ‘sutra’ messages to them. Events like Mehendi (Indian Culture), Poster Making (On the Spot), Choreography (Health is Wealth), Fashion Show (Gandhigiri) and Rockband (Harmony) were organised. Students from various colleges participated in these non-stop competitions where prizes were also given on the spot.
The students were advised here today by their senior colleagues to be soft spoken, punctual in appointments and attend to their patients always with a smile on their face.
It was pointed out that doctors should write the prescription and the case history legibly without reflecting even an iota of doubt.
Self use of drugs at any cost should be avoided. Even one tablet of painkiller in patients with underlying kidney problems can precipitate kidney failure. No drug is safe and hence should not be taken without medical prescription.
Basic causes of a disease apart from external factors constitute mental factors like fear of death and unanswered worries.
Doctors were appealed to tackle patients with love and not to over prescribe and prescribe unnecessary drugs which may have side effects.
Mr. Satish Goell Chairman Mujaffar Nagar Medical College said that definition of health is incomplete without mental relaxation. Relaxation helps in preventing or tackling lifestyle disorders. One should listen to music for 20 minutes every day for inner peace and happiness.
Dr A K Aggarwal, Dean MAMC and Dr SS Agrawal Prof DIPSAR in their messages said that failing the high level of stress among the practicing doctors, the budding doctors feel that fun, recreation and masti should be a part and parcel of medical education.
Events like fashion show, choreography, western dance, Indian dance, classical dance, T-shirt painting, pot painting, mehendi, etc were organised.
Free heath checkups were arranged at the Mela premises where blood pressure, ECG, echocardiography and eye examinations were held. Over 77,000 have benefited from the checkups so far. Free medical counselling and consultation were also provided by doctors to the public who have been coming from all over the city and outside.
It was observed that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hypothyroidism are quite rampant in the city and need immediate medical attention.
Certain measures to reduce weight were also given. Any vegetable which is green in colour like Karela, Neem, Bhel is helpful in reducing the weight and any eatable which can be broken into two equal parts like pulses and Rajma if taken after boiling will be helpful in reducing gas.
The visiting public was told to discourage the consumption of junk and unnatural fast foods. Uncontrolled and indiscriminate use of food additives may also pose health hazards. The basic guidelines still remain to prefer a food which is more near natural, seasonal and fresh. In fact, anything which is refined is unnatural and may be unhealthy.
Poor knowledge about vaccine: In a quiz vaccine survey at the Mela it was found that the public had poor knowledge about adult vaccination. Even adults need to be vaccinated : Typhoid – every 3 years; Tetanus injection – every 10 years; Hepatitis – 0, 1-2 months, 4-6 months; Pneumonia – every 5 years and Flu – every year. If all heart patients take flu vaccination the mortality can be reduced to a substantial degree, added the experts.
Mr. S.P. Aggarwal, Former Principal Secretary (Health), Government of Delhi, said that the seeds of heart diseases are born in the adolescence. He said that in the youth, one should not eat artificial junk food as it ultimately leads to high blood sugar, blood pressure and diabetes.
Mr. N B Sathe, Zonal Manager, LIC of India visited Perfect Health Mela and said that everybody should have their life insurance done for the safety and security of their family.
The chairman of MTNL, Mr. Kuldeep Singh, visited the health mela and addressed a gathering. He said that doctor and patients should use more and more of electronic communication for better and efficient patient care.
Dr. N K Yadav MHO MCD said that lifestyle disorders are on the rise in the country in general and Delhi in particular. He showed concern about the rising lifestyle disorders amongst middle class and upper lower class people. Eating junk food and not exercising are the two main reasons which are affecting this population. MCD is also doing a general public survey and distributing iron tablets to people with anemia.
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