Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) inaugurates Hari Chand Misra Seva Society – multipurpose health van

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To be used for various healthcare activities and paramedical services

New Delhi, 31st May 2018: Taking its commitment to making India a healthier nation a step further, the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) inaugurated the Hari Chand Misra Seva Society – Multipurpose Health Van on 31st May 2018. The event was organized at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. The van is intended to be used for paramedical services and will also be used as a mobile platform for organizing health checkup camps, etc.

This will be a one-of-its-kind initiative in Delhi/NCR reinforcing HCFI’s pledge towards the prevention and treatment of diseases and saving lives. Founded in 1986, HCFI is a National Charitable Trust with the basic objective of creating awareness about all aspects of health for people from all walks of life. In all its activities and initiatives, the organization attempts to bring together all pathies and low-cost infotainment modules under one roof.

Speaking at the inauguration, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “This multipurpose health van has been inaugurated keeping in mind multifarious aspects of healthcare delivery, albeit on a platform accessible to one and all. Apart from being used for conducting mobile health camps, it will also be used for carrying out pollution checks, etc. In many parts of the city, people may not have access to basic health services. With the launch of this van, HCFI’s motive is to address this very requirement.”

One of the landmark initiatives of HCFI is the Perfect Health Mela, a one-of-its-kind event held every year with a mission to generate all-round awareness on health. The event uses a consumer-driven model to reach out to millions. The Mela was conceptualized as a confluence of tradition and modernity and attracts over 1 lakh visitors each year. It is one of the most visited, widely covered, and celebrated community health events in the country.

Another flagship programme is the Hands-Only CPR 10. In line with its mission of spreading mindfulness about health, HCFI conducts regular programmes and training camps to teach people the CPR technique. The organization currently holds three Limca Book of World Record titles for the maximum number of people trained in this technique.
Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “At HCFI, the focus of every initiative we undertake has been on bettering the lives of people. Healthcare is not just about treatment but also all-round education on health and creating awareness.”
To ensure that no person dies of a heart disease because they cannot afford treatment, the HCFI runs the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund in memory of Sameer Malik. This is a unique initiative which embraces all those who require financial aid and technical assistance for treatment. Apart from all the above-mentioned activities, HCFI is also committed to stepping up efforts towards combating air pollution.
Some HCFI health sutras
• High blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol can remain silent for up to a decade.
• A pulse rate of less than 60 or more than 100 is abnormal.
• Weight loss of 10 kg can reduce upper blood pressure by 5-20 mmHg.
• Restricting salt intake to less than 6gm per day can reduce upper blood pressure by 2-8 mmHg.
• A 1% increase in cholesterol increases chances of heart attack by 2%.
• A 1% increase in good HDL cholesterol decreases chances of heart attack by 3%.
• Any chest pain, which lasts for less than 30 minutes duration is not a heart pain.
• Keep air pollution (particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels) below 80 µg per cubic meter
• To revive a cardiac arrest victim, compress the center of the chest of the victim within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better) at least for the next 10 minutes (longer the better), with a speed of at least 10×10=100 per minute.

WHO Priority Diseases: Rift Valley fever

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Rift Valley fever is an acute febrile illness caused by the Rift Valley fever virus, which belongs to the Bunyaviridae family, Phlebovirus genus.

Here are some key points to know about Rift Valley Fever.

The Rift Valley fever virus was first isolated in the course of an investigation into an epidemic among sheep on a farm in the Rift Valley of Kenya in 1931.
It is a viral zoonosis that mainly affects animals (usually cattle and sheep). But, humans too can acquire the infection.
Transmission of infection to humans is mainly via contact with blood or organs of infected animals through the handling of animal tissue during slaughtering or butchering, assisting with animal births, conducting veterinary procedures, or from the disposal of carcasses or fetuses.
Herders, farmers, slaughterhouse workers, and veterinarians are at greater risk of acquiring the infection.
Transmission to humans may also occur via bites from infected mosquitoes mainly Aedes and Culex.
To date, no case of human-to-human transmission of RVF virus has been documented.
Outbreaks of Rift Valley fever have been reported from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, following heavy rainfall, which increases the number of mosquitoes. However, in 2000, outbreaks were reported for the first time outside Africa in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Therefore, the virus may well spread to other countries in Asia and Europe.
The incubation period is 2-6 days.
Most infected persons are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. The most frequently reported symptoms include fever, headache, bleeding, malaise, muscle pain, back pain, vomiting, and joint pain.
Severe disease presents as either ocular disease, meningoencephalitis or hemorrhagic fever.
The overall total case fatality rate is less than 1%. Case fatality is highest in patients with hemorrhagic fever (around 50%), which first manifests as jaundice and then with signs of hemorrhage – hematemesis, melena, purpuric rash or ecchymoses, epistaxis, menorrhagia, bleeding from gums or venepuncture sites.
Diagnosis: Detection of viral RNA by polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or detection of IgM antibodies against RVF virus by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or virus isolation by cell culture. All specimens must be handled with extreme care. Standard precautions must be strictly adhered to.
Treatment: No specific treatment in mild infection; in severe cases, general supportive therapy is the main line of management.
An inactivated vaccine has been developed for human use. But it is not licensed and is not commercially available. It has been used experimentally to protect veterinary and lab personnel at high risk of exposure to RVF.
Prevention: The public must be educated about the risk factors for spread of the virus, especially in endemic areas. Gloves and other personal protective equipment must be used when handling sick animals or their tissues or slaughtering to avoid exposure to potentially infected blood or tissue. Mosquito repellents and nets should be used to protect from mosquito bites. All healthcare workers should follow standard precautions when handling specimens from patients.
(Source: Uptodate, WHO, CDC)

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

Vice President CMAAO

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Immediate Past National President IMA