Urbanization touching more and more lives of people in Tier II cities

With urbanization touching more and more lives of people in Tier II cities, there’s a drastic change in the routinely habits and diet of the individuals there, further leading to a surge in lifestyle diseases especially, heart ailments.

Cardiac Ailments is one of the leading causes of death in India and worldwide killing about 1 in 5 men and 1 in 8 women, According to WHO reports. Heart attacks that were once reckoned to be an elderly problem has now been reflected in the middle aged population as well. The increasing stress of modern life has exposed even younger people to the risk of heart diseases.

 While a person’s genetic disposition and family history remain the most common and uncontrollable risk factors, majority of heart diseases in the younger generation is due to excessive stress and long working hours coupled with erratic sleep patterns, which cause inflammation and increase the risk of heart disease. Smoking and a sedentary lifestyle further accelerate the risk symptoms in people in the age group of 20 to 30 years and ultimately heart failure.

Dr Adil

“While development in Tier II cities has been a boon to the people in many ways, it has also brought a set of health challenges with it. Health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes have become increasingly common which contribute to a deteriorating heart health. It has been also observed that there’s a spurt in cardiac issues among the younger generation. A heart disease is no more an ‘old-age problem’ as it also impacts people in their thirties. Therefore, it is imperative to raise awareness among the Tier II city population about prevention, early detection and timely treatment of cardiac issues.” Said Dr. Adil Rizvi, Principal Consultant, CTVS Surgeon, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj

Risk factors such as smoking and diabetes, in particular, provoke inflammatory changes and promote the formation of blood clots, thus obstructing the blood flow. The one factor that strongly predicts both heart and brain health is high blood pressure. Infact, many people are not even aware that they have high blood pressure because it has no visible symptoms, which is why it is called as ‘the silent killer’.

“Due to increase in sedentary lifestyle and the culture of ‘eating out’, I have observed that there is a rise in the incidence of heart diseases in younger people which is very worrisome. It is painful to see the people not having easy access to timely diagnosis and treatment for heart diseases, which have become a growing epidemic in many regions. Reaching the masses about the latest advancements will help citizens have latest cardiac care at their doorsteps and prove to be highly beneficial to patients who have undergone heart surgeries or stenting.” He added

Pulse Active Stations to launch 10,000 smart kiosks across in next 3 years

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Pulse Active Stations conducted a press conference dedicated to “the importance of personal health and preventive healthcare” in The Ashok, New Delhi. The event was organized to make people conscious and self-informed about their well-being.

The event witnessed distinguished personalities and senior govt. officials including the Young parliamentarian, Sri. Kotagiri Sridhar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) who was the Guest of Honour. Further, the programme was inaugurated by some of the distinguished govt. officials who participated in the lamp lighting followed by the panel discussion wherein all the dignitaries had a detailed discussion on the topic by including some of their life examples and brought focus to personal health and care.

Pulse Active Stations Network also unveiled their India Map, that shows the 150 locations in 100 cities of India to be primarily focused in the coming years. Along with it, the elaborative study was released which encapsulates the “Insights into a Nation’s Well-being.” and which is based on the largest sample size for such a study.

The unique “Make in India” startup was launched in 2018 backed by Silicon-valley based Y Combinator, the renowned Mistletoe group founded by the Futurist Visionary, Mr Taizo Son and the leading supplier of high-performance sporting goods and services, ASICS Corporation (ASICS) of Japan.

The stations were launched in public spaces to create health awareness in every part of the county. Since its inception, they have conducted more than 4 lakh checkups and presently, they are in 150 locations across 100 cities. These locations are high footfall places including railway stations such as New Delhi railway station, KSR Bengaluru City railway station, Pune Junction railway station, Metro Rail Stations in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bus stations in Lucknow, Hyderabad among others.

During the event, Mr. Joginder Tanikella, the Founder of Pulse Active Stations committed to launch and expand their network to 10,000 locations across India in the coming 3 years. This journey will also be creating 10,000 jobs and 8,000 micro-entrepreneurs, apart from creating health awareness in every nook and corner of the nation.

Furthermore, he added, “Our mission is to provide health awareness to the masses and we aim to become the single point of contact, outside of the hospital network, for all Indians with healthcare services and solutions. Therefore, by creating self-awareness and identifying issues in advance, the national disease burden gets reduced and this leads to an increase in quality of life as well as national productivity. In the near future, we look forward to seeing ourselves becoming a vital pillar of the public health sector in India..”

The health of children and pregnant women continues to be the top most priority of the Government: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare inaugurated a special community outreach programme on Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI 2.0) at Shastri Park, Delhi through a video message. The three-day event is being organised by Song & Drama Division of Bureau of Outreach & Communication (BOC), under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

A video message of Dr Harsh Vardhan was shared with the participants in which he emphasised the importance of immunisation of children and pregnant women as part of the IMI 2.0 and the high priority being accorded by Government of India for achieving Full Immunisation Coverage (FIC) targets. He said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji, IMI was launched from Vadnagar in 2017 and immunization has been given a strong push in the Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan and Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan. A more expansive version, IMI 2.0, is being carried out in 272districts across 27 States/UTs and 650 blocks of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh across 109 districts since December 2019, he added.

“While we have targets to achieve 90% immunisation coverage target, we should all aim to ensure that not even one child is deprived of a vaccine against vaccine preventable diseases. Especially when we have a basket of vaccines as part of our routine Universal Immunisation Program (UIP)”, Dr Harsh Vardhan said in his video message. “With the launch of Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0, India has the opportunity to achieve further reductions in deaths among children under five years of age, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2030”.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also added that currently we are providing vaccines against 12 vaccines preventable diseases, nationally against 10 diseases (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Rubella, severe form of Childhood Tuberculosis, Rotavirus diarrhea, Hepatitis B and Meningitis & Pneumonia caused by Hemophilus Influenza type Band) and sub-nationally against two diseases (Pneumococcal Pneumonia and Japanese Encephalitis); of which Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine is in the process of expansion while JE vaccine is provided only in the endemic districts.

The Union Health Minister stated the Government has made immunization a people’s and a social movement. He made a strong appeal to all those present in the audience and the countrymen and women to own the programme in order to make all efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality. He also thanked the efforts put on by Bureau of Outreach & Communications who are relentlessly contributing through their Regional Outreach Bureaux (ROB) across the States/UTs in enhancing the awareness and informing people about the importance of Immunisation.

He also elaborated that we can take lessons from our immense experience of the polio campaign where in addition to wholehearted efforts from the states, various non-state partners and stakeholders had joined hands to achieve set targets. “Let us learn from the best practices of the States, their experience of earlier rounds of Mission Indradhanush (MI) and share this knowledge for achieving last mile goals during IMI 2.0 rounds.” he emphasised. He also informed that coverage evaluation survey conducted in 190 IMI districts of the country shows an overall Full Immunization Coverage (FIC) increase by 18.5 percentage points (as compared to NFHS 4 data) in190 districts, whichis testimony of the highest level of political commitment. He further added that three rounds of IMI 2.0 have already been conducted from December 2019 and February 2020, wherein 29.74 lakh children and 5.90 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated. One more round of IMI 2.0 is planned to be conducted in March 2020.

The special community outreach has an exhibition displaying the various schemes of the Ministry and information on how to avail of these benefits. Artists from different regions are creating awareness on maternal and child health issues through songs, dances and skits.

Senior officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Bureau of Outreach and Communication, Health Department of Delhi Government, the local ASHAs and ANMs from the area surrounding the camp, and representatives from partner organisations were present during the event.

All you need to know about Epilepsy and emergency guidelines Authored article by Dr. Anuradha H K, Consultant – Neurology, Aster CMI Hospital

Dr. Anuradha H K, Consultant - Neurology, Aster CMI Hospital

Epilepsy is a chronic and debilitating disorder, which causes recurrent seizures, sometimes without any apparent cause. The term ‘epilepsy’ encompasses a group of neurological diseases, that is, conditions that affect the nervous system, characterized by epileptic seizures commonly referred to as ‘fits’. A seizure occurs when there is an abrupt burst of electrical activity in the brain. During an attack, the person’s behavior changes for a short while.

Patients with epilepsy may have more than one type of seizure and may have other symptoms of neurological problems as well. Epilepsy affects people of all ages – there are around 50 million people living with epilepsy worldwide, and more than 10 million people in India.

A seizure can be a primary generalized seizure which begins with a widespread electrical discharge that involves both sides of the brain at once. Hereditary factors play a role in this type of seizure. The second type of seizure is a partial seizure which begins with an electrical discharge in one limited area of the brain. These include head injury, brain infection, stroke, tumor, or changes in the way an area of the brain was formed before birth (called cortical dysplasia).

What happens during an epileptic attack?

Messages are constantly transferred across the brain cells and the cells are capable of either stimulating or stopping a signal from being transmitted. This activity is usually balanced properly in the brain however during a seizure there is an imbalance in this activity.

 

Emergency measures to deal with a person having a seizure:

  • Until the attack is over, stay with the individual and ensure there are no objects nearby that may cause injury
  • Watch and time the duration of the individual’s seizure attack
  • It can be scary to witness a person undergoing a seizure attack, stay calm and collected as it will last for a few minutes
  • Ensure that the person has a clear air passage and can breathe properly
  • Keep their head supported and move them over to one side
  • Do not apply excessive pressure on the person’s body to keep them still
  • Do not put anything in the mouth of the patient
  • Do not try to feed the patient or keep them any pills until they are fully awake and alert

Who is more susceptible to developing epilepsy?

 

Epilepsy is most commonly detected among children before the age of 1. There is a steady decline in the number of cases detected till the age of 10. The next age group that is at risk are people older than 55 years old when people become more prone to developing Alzheimer’s, brain tumors or stroke which can lead to epilepsy.

What triggers an epileptic attack?

Missing medications, a lack of sleep or disrupted sleep, illness (both with and without fever), heavy alcohol use or seizures after alcohol withdrawal, the use of cocaine and other recreational drugs such as ecstasy, hormonal or menstrual cycle changes, flashing lights or patterns, certain activities, noises or foods can trigger an epileptic attack.

 

Do’s and Don’ts for epilepsy patients

 

Do’s

  • DO take your medications exactly as directed.
  • Inform your family and friends what to do when you have a seizure.
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise often. It can help you stay healthy.
  • Do keep an updated list of all medications you are taking and show it to your doctor. Also keep a list of all epilepsy medications you’ve tried.
  • DO know that some epilepsy medications interfere with birth control pills.
  • DO store pills as recommended.

Don’ts

 

  • DON’T drive/ride
  • DON’T swim alone
  • DON’T operate heavy machinery and consider a job that is safe for you.
  • DON’T drink alcohol.
  • DON’T stop taking your medication, skip a dose or change your medication without your doctor’s approval.
  • DON’T change medication brand without your doctor’s approval.

It is a myth that people with epilepsy cannot lead a normal life. As long as an epilepsy patient puts in proper methods to manage the condition, it should not affect a person’s job prospects. An epileptic patient can handle stress and responsibility.

MDI Gurgaon started its 7th day of Induction Programme by celebrating International Yoga Day

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MDI Gurgaon started its 7th day of Induction Programme by celebrating International Yoga Day with Yogacharya Dr. Navdeep Joshi from “NAVYOGA”. Dr. Joshi introduced various stress relieving Yoga exercises to the students.  With factors from meeting the deadlines, pressure from bosses, workload, etc stress has become a permanent resident in lives of professionals as well as students. More than 500 students participated in the yoga day celebration.

Stress is the root cause of many diseases, to create awareness about this critical issue prevailing in our society a Workshop on Yoga to Manage Corporate Stress, by Ms. Vandana Aadeshsenior faculty of The Art of Living was arranged for students in the evening hours. The workshop sensitized students of various stress-busting exercises which will be beneficial to them in long run.

Mental health should be of utmost importance as it affects the holistic well-being of the individual and the societies in a larger perspective. Corporates across India so have become sensitive to the prevalent health issues and the impact of stress at the workplace on performance and productivity. As a result, leadership firms, as well as management institutes like MDI Gurgaon, are working at building health and wellness programs that make the workforce a lot stronger to beat the external challenges.

ITDC celebrates International Day of Yoga at Hotel Ashok

On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Human Resource Development division of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) took a step towards promoting Indian cultural heritage “Yoga” through seminars on “Meditation for Healthy & Happy Life” and ”Ways to Increase Efficiency & Be Successful” at the Ashok Hotel, flagship hotel under the aegis of ITDC.

The experiential session on ‘Mediation for Healthy & Happy Life’ was conducted by Brahama Kumaris through implementation of yoga techniques to strengthen metaphysical self. The practical approach reflected on essence of Yoga as unveiling the path to self-realization to be happy and healthy.

Following it was an interactive session on ‘Ways to increase efficiency & be successful’ by the renowned Shri S. C. Kishore, from M/S Kishore & Kishore. He enlightened the consciousness as he reiterated the power of positivity and self-reliance through self discipline, meditation and self realisation.

The session was attended by Ms Ravneet Kaur, IAS, CMD, ITDC, Mr Pradip Das, Director Finance, Mrs. Anita Bimal, Principal, AIHTM, & GM HRD, ITDC and senior officials of the organisation.

The seminars were attended by approximately 80 officials from Delhi based units/division of ITDC

We request all to donate blood freely says Pritika Singh

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On the occasion of World Blood Donation Day, Pritika Singh, Director Planning and Strategy Prayag Hospital and Research Centre Noida said, “We request all to donate blood freely since what seems like an insignificant act could contribute in saving more than millions of lives and bring a smile on the faces of numerous blood receivers.  Across the world, and particularly in India, there is always a scarcity of all types of blood and there is also an urgent need to ensure that donors of rare blood group are readily available to donate blood. The need of blood transfusion is crucial and is always in demand anywhere in the world. A single contribution is a small act of humanity that goes a long way to help save lives. My humble request everyone is to go out, and do the needful, now!