Heart Care Foundation of India and Citizens’ Forum to support congenital heart surgeries

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New Delhi: February 13, 2014: Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Citizens’ Forum will assist in providing free treatment to children with congenital heart disease who otherwise cannot afford treatment.
Giving the details, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National & DST National Science Communication Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Mr. R S P Sinha, President Citizens’ Forum in a joint statement said that children with congenital heart disease who may not be able to afford the treatment can approach the Foundation for assistance.
The Foundation will provide them free diagnosis and facilitate treatment at various hospitals in Delhi NCR. The assistance will be only for non-emergent planned surgical treatments. The Foundation reserves the right to reject or accept any application.
Most congenital heart disease today can be corrected surgically and the child can live a near normal life. Lakhs of children in India die every year because they cannot afford surgical intervention.
The Foundation has started a campaign called ‘Murmur’ under which awareness is being created about how to diagnose a child with congenital heart disease, which includes holes in the heart.
A murmur is an abnormal rumbling sound which can be auscultated by a stethoscope on the heart area. Even paramedics can pick up a murmur. All children with a murmur need evaluation to rule out underlying congenital heart disease.
About HCFI : The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National Commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on” Hands only CPR” of 86664 people since 1st November 2012.
The CPR 10 Mantra is – “Within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better; at least for the next 10 minutes, longer the better; compress the centre of the chest of the dead person continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”

Flu in children

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1. The classical features of uncomplicated flu in children include abrupt onset of fever, headache, muscle pain and malaise affected by manifestation of respiratory tract illness – sore throat, sough and nasal discharge.
2. All the above features may not be present in children.
3. Flu sometimes may last for more than a week in children.
4. Ear discharge, development into asthma and pneumonia are common complications in children.
5. Complicated pneumonia may be severe and rapidly fatal, especially if the bacterium is Staph.
6. During winter,flu should be considered in all children with fever; children with fever and acute onset of respiratory illness; children with fever and exhilaration of underlying chest condition; children with pneumonia and children with fever of more than 100, with severe cough or sore throat.
7. Fever is present in over 95% of cases, often more than 39oC.
8. Cough is present in over 77% patients.
9. Nasal discharge is present in more than 78% patients.
10. Headache is present in more than 26% patients.
11. Muscle pain is present in more than 71 % patients.
12. Incubation period is 1–4 days with high transmissibility.
13. The treatment is often symptomatic.
14. Cough hygiene should be practiced.