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November 5   2015, Thursday
EDITORIAL
Dr KK AggarwalDr KK Aggarwal Laws applicable on Quacks (Part 4)

Criminal Law

The act of practicing other system of medicine of which a person does not possesses recognised qualification and is not enrolled in the relevant state or central register of that system of medicine is an illegal act and is punishable under criminal law i.e. Indian Penal Code. The said illegal act amounts to following offences which are punishable:

According to Section 120A of IPC, when two or more persons agree to do, or cause to be done,-

(1) an illegal act, or
(2) an act which is not illegal by illegal means, such an agreement is designated a criminal conspiracy:

Provided that no agreement except an agreement to commit an offence shall amount to a criminal conspiracy unless some act besides the agreement is done by one or more parties to such agreement in pursuance thereof.

Explanation- It is immaterial whether the illegal act is the ultimate object of such agreement, or is merely incidental to that object

According to Section 120B IPC, punishment of criminal conspiracy is:

1) Whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable with death, 51[imprisonment for life] or rigorous imprisonment for a term of two years or upwards, shall, where no express provision is made in this Code for the punishment of such a conspiracy, be punished in the same manner as if he had abetted such offence.

(2) Whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy other than a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable as aforesaid shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding six months, or with fine or with both

Offences Affecting Public Health, Safety, Convenience, Decency and Morals (H2)

Public Nuisance

According to Section 268 IPC, a person is guilty of a public nuisance who does any act or is guilty of an illegal omission which causes any common injury, danger or annoyance to the public or to the people in general who dwell or occupy property in the vicinity, or which must necessarily cause injury, obstruction, danger or annoyance to persons who may have occasion to use any public right. A common nuisance is not excused on the ground that it causes some convenience or advantage.

According to Section 269 IPC, a person who commits public nuisance shall be punished with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.

According to Section 294 IPC, whoever, to the annoyance of others-

(a) does any obscene act in any public place, or
(b) sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place,

shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.

Offences Affecting Human Body (H2)

Hurt

According to Section 319 IPC, a person who causes bodily pain, disease or infirmity to any person is said to cause hurt.

According to Section 323 IPC, a person who voluntarily causes hurt shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

According to Section 324 IPC, a person who voluntarily causes hurt by means of any instrument for shooting, stabbing or cutting, or any instrument which, used as weapon of offence, is likely to cause death, or by means of fire or any heated substance, or by means of any poison or any corrosive substance, or by means of any explosive substance or by means of any substance which it is deleterious to the human body to inhale, to swallow, or to receive into the blood, or by means of any animal, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

Grievous Hurt

According to Section 320 IPC, the following kinds of hurt only are designated as "grievous":-

First - Emasculation.
Secondly - Permanent privation of the sight of either eye.
Thirdly - Permanent privation of the hearing of either ear,
Fourthly - Privation of any member or joint.
Fifthly - Destruction or permanent impairing of the powers of any member or joint.
Sixthly - Permanent disfiguration of the head or face.
Seventhly - Fracture or dislocation of a bone or tooth.
Eighthly- Any hurt which endangers life or which causes the sufferer to be during the space of twenty days in severe bodily pain, or unable to follow his ordinary pursuits.


According to Section 325 IPC, a person who voluntarily causes grievous hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.

According to Section 326 IPC, a person who voluntarily causes grievous hurt by means of any instrument for shooting, stabbing or cutting, or any instrument which, used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death, or by means of fire or any heated substance, or by means of any poison or any corrosive substance, or by means of any explosive substance, or by means of any substance which it is deleterious to the human body to inhale, to swallow, or to receive into the blood, or by means of any animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

According to Section 326A IPC, Whoever causes permanent or partial damage or deformity to, or burns or maims or disfigures or disables, any part or parts of the body of a person or causes grievous hurt by throwing acid on or by administering acid to that person, or by using any other means with the intention of causing or with the knowledge that he is likely to cause such injury or hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend to imprisonment for life, and with fine:

Provided that such fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses of the treatment of the victim:
Provided further that any fine imposed under this section shall be paid to the victim.

Act Endangering Life or Personal Safety of Others

According to Section 336 IPC, a person who does any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees, or with both.

According to Section 337 IPC, a person who causes hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

According to Section 338 IPC, a person who causes grievous hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both… (To be continued)
Breaking news
More positive results with cannabidiol in epilepsy

Researchers are reporting further positive results using an investigational product containing pure cannabidiol (Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals) in children with intractable epilepsy. Francis Filloux, MD, chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, reported study results from his center - a reduction of the total number of seizures by a median of 38% at 3 months and 31% at 6 months. These patients started on a cannabidiol (CBD) dose of 2 mg/kg per day, which was increased to a maximum tolerated dose or to 25 mg/kg per day. The product is a highly purified extract from the marijuana plant that is prepared in an oil-based liquid. The findings were presented during the recent Child Neurology Society (CNS) 2015 Annual Meeting. (Medscape)
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Specialty Updates
• MRI "compares favorably" with CT for selection of ischemic stroke patients for endovascular thrombectomy when combined with clinical characteristics, suggests an observational study published online in JAMA Neurology.

• Consistently getting too little sleep each night or increasing nightly sleep times over a period of several years are both associated with modest, long-term increases in type 2 diabetes risk, reported an analysis of women enrolled in the Nurse's Health Study published online in the journal Diabetologia.

• A new study suggests that the link between polycystic ovary syndrome and a greater risk for mental health problems may be due to hormonal imbalances before birth that affect the brain. The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

• The presence of monosodium urate crystal precipitation does not appear to further worsen the elevated cardiovascular risk among patients with hyperuricemia, suggested a cohort study published online in Arthritis Research & Therapy.

• Endoscopic biliary drainage for malignant biliary obstruction should be first-line therapy for patients with pancreatic cancer, suggested a new study published in JAMA Oncology.

• A new study by researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University suggests that obese people with metabolic syndrome need more than normal levels of vitamin E because their weight and other problems cause increased oxidative stress; however, the same problems cause their effective use of vitamin E to be reduced.

• A multicenter, 40-patient clinical trial reported that using split skin autographs (SSGs) in combination with autologous cultured proliferating epidermal cells provided better wound healing and less scarring than SSGs alone in patients with serious, deep burns. The study will be published in a future issue of Cell Transplantation.

•Although gonorrhea susceptibility to the antibiotic cefixime has been improving in recent years, thus suggesting a halt of a drift towards antibiotic resistance, data for 2014 indicates a worsening of susceptibility, reported a study published in JAMA.

• New research shows a link between regular consumption of sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in men. The findings are published in the BMJ.

• A laryngeal mask (i-gel) for keratoplasty under general anesthesia (GA) appeared to be safe, lowered risk for potential ocular hypertension during recovery, and saved recovery time compared with endotracheal tube, according to a randomized clinical trial published online October 27 in Cornea.
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eSPIRITUAL
Why Spirituality is wellbeing–friendly

• What you believe in can have a big impact on health and longevity. People with high levels of religious beliefs or spirituality have lower cortisol responses. Cortisol is a hormone released in the body in response to stress.

• Positive thinking produces nearly a 30% drop in pain perception.

• Spirituality and the practice of religion are associated with a slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

• Those who regularly attend organized religious activities may live longer than those who don’t. Regular participation lowers mortality rate by about 12% a year.

•People who undergo cardiac rehabilitation feel more confident and perceive greater improvements in their physical abilities if they have strong faith.

• Increased levels of spirituality and religious faith may help substance abusers kick their habit.

• Spirituality stimulates the relaxation response. When the body is relaxed, the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate all go down, which decreases the body’s stress response.

• Spirituality can affect immune system function. Spirituality, faith, church attendance improves immune function in ways that can be measured, like an increase in white blood cells.

• Prayer heals the heart. Positive talking and thinking in the ICU produces better results.

• Spirituality is what brings you peace and safety. It can be achieved through Gods or Goddesses, nature, a beautiful sunset, a meditation, Pranayama, religious meeting, chanting, mind body relaxation, etc. Spirituality is something that can help all the way from promoting wellness to helping with recovery.
Legal Quote
Raghunath Raheja v Maharashtra Medical Council, AIR 1996 Bom 198

"… when a patient or his near relative demands from the Hospital or the doctor the copies of the case papers, it is necessary for the Hospital authorities and the doctors concerned to furnish copies of such case papers to the patient or his near relative. In our view, it would be necessary for the Medical Council to ensure that necessary directions are given to all the Hospitals and the doctors calling upon then to furnish the copies of the case papers and all the relevant documents pertaining to the patient concerned.”
Medicofinance
Estate planning

Estate planning is something that should be done when a person is legally compatible, which means that the person must be of sound mind and should not be minor. It should also be done when the owner of the estate is in good health and free from every emotional stress. To start estate planning, contact a legal professional that specializes in estate planning or a Chartered Accountant who deals with it.

(Source: IJCP)
Industry News
India leads in consumer confidence index: India continued to lead the global consumer confidence index in the third quarter with 131 points same as the previous quarter. It is followed by United States (119 points), Philippines (117) and Indonesia (116). Although more than 54% polled said India's economy is still in slowdown zone, its consumer confidence score remained intact at 131, said global information and insights provider Nielsen… (DNA – PTI)

The fast moving Indian start-up ecosystem: As the second-fastest growing and third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world, India is moving at a frenetic pace. Zooming from 3,100 start-ups in 2014 to an expected 11,500 start-ups by 2020, they are estimated to raise $3.5 billion in the first half of 2015 alone, and are set to surpass the total number of deals done in 2014, says a report prepared by Microsoft Ventures and Venture Intelligence, which captures this data in the form of a periodic table… (Livemint)

India to remain fastest growing IT market in 2016: India will remain the world’s fastest growing information technology (IT) market in 2016 as it is expected to spend more than $72 billion on IT services, products and hardware, up from 7.2% from the current year, according to research firm Gartner Inc. India’s IT market is projected to grow annually at a rate of 4.95% between 2015 and 2019—the fastest globally—to touch $85.3 billion by the end of 2019… (Livemint - Moulishree Srivastava)

4 start-ups make it to PayPal incubation program: Four FinTech start-ups – CashFree, D-Rewards, Notifie and ftcash – will join PayPal’s ‘Start Tank’ India Incubator in Chennai. They were selected from over 125 start-ups in India, vying for a year-long incubation programme with PayPal. The announcement was made after the final round of pitching during the fourth Start Tank Incubation Challenge on Friday, in which the start-ups had applied, said a press release from PayPal… (The Hindu Business Line)
Inspirational Story
Keep Driving

This is an imaginary story with a good lesson.

A lady was driving along with her father. They came upon a storm, and the young lady asked her father, what should I do?" He said "keep driving". Cars began to pull over to the side, the storm was getting worse. "What should I do?" the young lady asked. Keep driving," her father replied. On up a few feet, she noticed that eighteen wheelers were also pulling over. She told her dad, "I must pull over, I can barely see ahead. It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!"

Her father told her, "Don't give up, just keep driving!" Now the storm was terrible, but she never stopped driving, and soon she could see a little more clearly. After a couple of miles she was again on dry land, and the sun came out. Her father said, "Now you can pull over and get out." She said "But why now?" He said: "When you get out, look back at all the people that gave up and are still in the storm, because you never gave up your storm is now over.

This is a testimony for anyone who is going through "hard times". Just because everyone else, even the strongest, gives up. You don't have to...if you keep going, soon your storm will be over and the sun will shine upon your face again.
eWELLNESS
Smoking leads to cardiovascular aging

Consuming tobacco can increase the cardiovascular age of a person, which can be much higher than the biological age. Cardiovascular aging in chronic smokers can be 10 years more than the biological age. It can be calculated by measuring the wall thickness of the carotid neck artery supplying blood to the brain.

Apart from that, one can also measure the endothelial functions of the brachial artery supplying blood to the hand. Cardiac age of a person is calculated by measuring the relaxation functions of the heart. With advancing age the heart fails to relax properly. This relaxation abnormality usually comes after the age of 60. If the same is seen at the age of 40, one knows what the biological age and cardiac age is.

The good news is that cardiovascular age of a person can be regressed by quitting smoking and tobacco with proper lifestyle including diet and exercise. Graying of the hair may not be sufficient to know the age of a person. Today, it is the cardiovascular age which is important.
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Cardiology - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - A CME was organized by IMA HQs on World Heart Day at IMA House, New Delhi
eMEDI QUIZ
Injury to radial nerve in lower part of spiral groove:

1. Spares nerve supply to extensor carpi radialis longus.
2. Results in paralysis of anconeus muscle.
3. Leaves extension at elbow joint intact.
4. Weakens pronation movement.

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: The cells belonging to the following type of epithelium are provided with extra reserve of cell membrane:

1. Transitional
2. Stratified squamous
3. Stratified cuboidal.
4. Stratified columnar.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 1. Transitional

Answers received from:

Answer for 3rd November Mind Teaser: 3. Lateral rectus and abducent nerve.

Answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Raghavendra Chakurkar, Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Avtar Krishan, Dr.Bitaan Sen & Dr.Jayashree Sen
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Humor
Prison vs Work

Just in case you ever got these two mixed up, this should make things a bit more clear.

In PRISON you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
At WORK you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

In PRISON you get three meals a day.
At WORK you only get a break for one meal and you pay for it.

In PRISON you get time off for good behavior.
At WORK you get more work for good behavior.

In PRISON the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
At WORK you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

In PRISON you can watch TV and play games.
At WORK you get fired for watching TV and playing games.
BIOETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDICAL PRACTICE
Right to refuse treatment

Smita N Deshpande
Head, Dept. of Psychiatry, De-addiction Services
PGIMER-Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital,
New Delhi

In India, going on protest fasts is a recognized method of registering opposition to several public issues- from AFSPA to reservations and pensions.
Indian law permits force feeding of protesters.

a) While correct in law, is this ethically proper?
b) What alternatives should the State follow, if force feeding is not permissible?

Do write in with views and your solutions!
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Breaking news
Mumbai to get India's first biobank to store, test cancer samples

The country's first biobank, containing a repository of gene samples drawn from humans, will be set up at the Tata Memorial Care Hospital. The facility, which can store up to 10 lakh specimens for a duration of 1,000 years, will be engaged in genomic testing for various types of cancer. A robot will operate the laboratory containing these samples. The Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer will house the laboratory, said Dr Venkata Varaprasada Rao, Chief Administrative Officer at the hospital. "Gene tests could increase the speed of clinical trials and also allow scientists enough flexibility to approach testing from multiple directions," he said. "For patients it could give access to the most promising experimental treatments."

The capacity to handle a large sample size is critical to the efficacy of the centre, he said, adding that data derived from experiments could allow multiple researchers from various scientific disciplines to conduct "cross-platform" studies… (ET Healthworld – Mumbai Mirror – Lata Mishra)
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Indian Medical Association National Satyagraha for a Healthy India
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IMA Satyagraha, suggested slogans
• Allow doctors to treat patients irrespective of patients’ income - If compensation is not capped, we can't do this.

• Writing prescription drugs by anyone other than with an MBBS degree is injurious to peoples’ health.

• Please allow Doctors to treat poor and rich equally.

• More patients will die if doctors are not provided protection during duty hours.

• Death does not mean negligence.

• Save single clinic and small establishments - Exclude them from Clinical Establishment Act

• PCPNDT Act needs graded punishments
1 in four TB patients also has diabetes

New data has revealed that one in four people with tuberculosis also have diabetes in hot spots in India. During the recent Union summit on TB and diabetes in Bali this month, a data presented by the Indian initiative Jagran Pehel revealed that after bi-directional screening of more than 50,000 people for TB and diabetes in 10 districts from the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand between September 2014 and September 2015, one in four people infected with TB were also found to be positive for diabetes. A total of 51,702 people were screened for TB and diabetes during the period. Of which, 1,448 (2.8 per cent) persons had suffered from TB and 3,023 (5.9 per cent) had diabetes. Among those with TB only 539 (37 per cent) of patients had completed TB treatment, while only 507 (16.7 per cent) diabetes patients were on treatment. Significantly, among TB patients, 382 (26.4 per cent) were also living with diabetes… (Asian Age – Teena Thacker)
NCW idea of surrogacy for single women turned down

The Department of Health Research (DHR), which has been giving the final touches to the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill — that aims to regulate surrogacy in India — has rejected the National Commission for Women’s (NCW) suggestion of allowing surrogacy to single unwed women. In fact, it is learnt that the department has decided to go ahead with its earlier proposal to ban “commercial surrogacy” for foreigners. Sources in the Union health ministry revealed that the department is likely to approach the Cabinet with the draft bill soon. Earlier, the NCW had suggested that surrogacy should be allowed to single unwed women and be restricted only to Indian nationals… (Asian Age – Teena Thacker)
Union Health Minister inspects hospitals to review preparedness on H1N1

To review the preparedness of various hospitals to deal with the cases of H1N1 influenza, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare visited Safdarjung Hospital and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, here today. During the visit Sh. Nadda instructed the health officials of hospitals to ensure provision of treatment to every single patient affected by the seasonal influenza. He instructed them to ensure proper counseling of such patients and to ensure that no patient is denied treatment. “The number of beds designated for H1N1 hospitals has been increased substantially in these hospitals. If needed more beds will be provided. I have issued instructions that no H1N1 patient should be denied treatment and whoever is required to be admitted should be admitted,” said Sh. Nadda… (PIB)
World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Vaccinating salmon: How Norway avoids antibiotics in fish farming

Norway has cut antibiotic use in salmon—one of the principal foods consumed in the country and a major export—to virtually zero. This has led to a flourishing industry and a reduction in the risk of antibiotic resistance in humans. In the late 1980s, recognizing the need to support Norway’s fish farming industry without endangering public health, scientists at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute developed an effective vaccine against furunculosis in farmed Norwegian salmon that has no side effects in humans. By 1994 fish farmers across Norway had made the switch from antibiotics to vaccination. “Norway’s story illustrates how innovation and partnerships across many sectors of society are needed to protect the precious resource of antibiotics. This kind of collaboration represents a cornerstone of the WHO global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance,” says Dr Marc Sprenger, Director of the WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat. The global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, aims to ensure that the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with safe and effective medicines continues. Dr Bjørn Røthe Knudtsen, a specialist on fish disease, who works in the Norwegian government’s food safety division says, “However, a single strategy is not enough. Over time, Norway’s fish farmers have introduced additional methods for good hygiene.” These different techniques have resulted in a sustained reduction in the use of antibiotics in Norwegian salmon farming. “Today, Norway has the largest tonnage of farmed salmon in the world and probably the lowest use of antibiotics,” Dr Midtlyng says… (WHO)
Injectible polio vaccine to be introduced from March

Hyderabad: The State government is all set to introduce an injectible polio vaccine, in addition to the existing oral polio vaccine, as part of the universal immunisation programme in Telangana. In the third month of the infant, in addition to oral polio vaccine, the State government will also provide an Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), which will be administered in the form of an injection. The IPV administration, scheduled to start from March, 2016, is part of the end-game strategy of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which had urged India and other developing countries to introduce IPV in its immunisation programme… (The Hindu)
To eradicate polio from the globe, now Injectable Polio Vaccine IPV is also required to be given in addition to oral polio vaccine (OPV), which is already started in private practice as per IAP guidelines. It will now also be given in Government sector also from this month. Regards. Dr. Harshad Takvani, Takvani Dental and Children Hospital and Neonatal Care Center
UN selects Raipur for international cities for peace

Ranking 122nd in the world, Chhattisgarh capital has been identified as part of international cities of peace by United Nations on Saturday. Raipur mayor Pramod Dubey said that Raipur has ranked sixth in the country for international cities of peace affiliated by United Nations which has its headquarters at America. "According to a letter sent by International cities of peace, executive director Fred Arment, the three proposals sent to the organization was accepted. Observing September 21 as international peace day, Raipur's peace among people will be strengthened with the help of UN," mayor Dubey said… (Times of India – Rashmi Drolia)
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GP Tip: The Formula of 4-2, 4-2

The easy way to remember DOTS treatment is the formula 4-2, 4-2 which is 4 drugs for 2 months and 4 months with 2 drugs

(Source: IJCP)
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Readers column
Dear Dr Aggarwal, Congratulations and wish you all the success for the Perfect Health Mela. Dr S Kant
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Press Release
Shri Satyendar Jain & Dr Sonal Mansingh inaugurate Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI)’s annual flagship event – the MTNL 22nd Perfect Health Mela

Being organized from November 4-8, 2015 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi

New Delhi, November 4th, 2015: Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation, flagged off its annual flagship event – the 22nd MTNL Perfect Health Mela today.

In its 22nd edition, the Mela is being held from November 4-8, 2015 from 8 am to 8 pm at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. Inaugurating the event were none other than Shri Satyendar Jain – Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Padma Vibhushan Awardee Dr Sonal Mansingh. The chief guests for the event included Mr. Naresh Kumar – Chairman NDMC and Mr. NK Yadav – CMD MTNL. Started in 1993, the MTNL Perfect Health Mela is a confluence of tradition and modernity and has over the past 21 years been successful in creating mass awareness about paramount aspects of health, using a consumer-driven model as the medium. Its primary features include health check up camps, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, workshops, and competitions. It is organized by HCFI in association with the IMA, MTNL, Coke, MCD, NDMC, Ministry of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Textile, and AYUSH – Government of India.

Addressing the gathering, Padma Shri Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President HCFI & Honorary General Secretary of IMA said, "We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure, and it is for this reason that we at HCFI have been trying to impart large-scale preventive health awareness in the Capital over the past 21 years through the Perfect Health Mela. A primary focus of this year’s event is to raise awareness about the mass management of new age health epidemics such as dengue and Swine Flu using entertainment as a medium. Reversal of lifestyle diseases is also a topic, which will be widely discussed over the five-days. I would like to thank all our supporters and partners and hope that together we can continue making a difference to the society in the future as well”.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Satyendar Jain – Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi said, “I am happy to see the work being done by HCFI to raise preventive health education in the country. The importance of keeping one's surroundings clean and living a balanced lifestyle is often underestimated, and as a result individuals end up becoming prey to several modern-day health epidemics. The best part of this event is that it is open for all, and it caters to people of all age groups. By making basic lifestyle changes, a host of diseases can be prevented.”

Adding to this, Padma Vibhushan Awardee and renowned danseuse Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “In my opinion basic preventive health education must start from the early years itself. It is commendable how the Mela educates students about health; hygiene and nutrition through a plethora of cultural activities like inter-school dancing and singing competitions. I urge each and everyone to come and become a part of this five-day event.”

Supporting the cause, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr. A Marthanda Pillai National President IMA in his statement said that health and sanitation are key contributors to the overall health of a nation and it is for this reason a special focus will be laid this year on how to ensure that water you use, the food you consume, the air you inhale and the earth where you live, are all pure and healthy.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Naresh Kumar– Chairman NDMC said, “Hygiene and sanitation are essential elements for a long and healthy life. Just by keeping one’s environment clean, over 50% of the country’s disease burden can be eliminated. I sincerely congratulate the team at HCFI for its efforts in helping raise mass awareness about preventive health”

Adding to this, Mr. N.K. Yadav, CMD MTNL said, “A fear has been created amongst people that mobile towers generate radiations, which causes cancer. It’s a half-truth, as mobile towers placed as per the government norms are planned in a proper way and hence, they cause no such harm.”
Speaking on this occasion, Padam Shri Awardee, Ashok Chakradhar – an eminent poet said, “Laughter is the best medicine and that’s why I suggest that everyone should keep laughing along with taking the preventive health measures.”

A few first of its kind initiatives at this year's event will include a live two-hour daily webcast, financial and technical assistance provided for heart surgeries by the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund for those who cannot afford treatment and telemedicine facilities provided by MTNL, Medanta – The Medicity and the National Heart Institute. MTNL will also be providing a free WiFi zone in the event for the first time.

Some of the other dignitaries present included Sh. Naresh Kumar – Chairman NDMC, Dr Shakeel – uz- Zaman Ansari from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Sh. NK Yadav – CMD, MTNL, Dr. A K Srivastava – Executive Director, MTNL, Dr. Thokchom Meniya – MP, Sh. Anil Kumar Ganeriwala – AYUSH Govt, Ms. Kamalini and Ms Nalini – Kathak Exponent, Sh. Satish Goel — Muzzafarnagar Medical College, Ms Aruna Tyagi, Sh. A G Bhatnagar and Sh. K Sareen – Advisor, HCFI.

Entry to the Mela is free for all.
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