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22nd July, 2017
Aao School Chalen: A national project undertaken by IMA

School health is very important as schools are not just centers that impart formal education, they also influence overall development of a child. To enjoy good health during adulthood, healthy lifestyle including hygiene habits must be inculcated during childhood. These habits learned during childhood last through to adulthood and all their lives. Moreover, children are naturally inquisitive and keen learners. So, they are both beneficiaries of any health-related activity and agents of change in their family.
 
To this end, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has adopted "Aao School Chalen Project" initiated by Delhi Medical Association in the recent past as a National Project. The 5th of every month has been designated for any activity related to this project.
 
Visit your old school if you can or any nearby school during the school assembly and interact with students and teachers to sensitize them on issues of public health importance. Speak to the principal of the school beforehand about this. It need not be long-drawn talk, but should be a short talk of 10-15 min duration. Get a certificate (proforma) signed by the Principal. Send the proforma to IMA HQs along with the photographs taken with students during assembly for records.

 
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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Proper diabetes care essential to keep diabetic foot at bay
Even a small injury can lead to complications and it is imperative to get feet checked annually in those with diabetes

New Delhi, 21st July 2017: According to statistics, during the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, at least 1 in 10 people, possess risk factors for foot damage. Studies also estimate the prevalence of diabetic foot in India between 7.4% and 15.3%. It is important to identify this condition at the earliest and provide treatment failing which the condition can lead to serious health issues. A small injury can later develop infections and even end up in amputations.
 
The WHO defines diabetic foot as, "The foot of a diabetes patient that has potential risk of pathologic consequences including infection, ulceration and /or destruction of deep tissues associated with neurologic abnormalities, various degrees of peripheral vascular disease and/or metabolic complications of diabetes in the lower limb."
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