The 25th HCFI MTNL Perfect Health Mela concludes with HCFI CSR Awards and stellar performances

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Corporate organizations awarded for exemplary work in affordable healthcare

New Delhi October 27, 2018: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation concluded its annual flagship event – the 25thMTNL Perfect Health Mela today. The five-day event was organized jointly with the Health and Family Welfare Dept. NCT Delhi, MTNL, NDMC, and other central and Delhi state government departments. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Affordable Healthcare’. Dr Tusker, the friendly event was the mascot for the Mela. Apart from free health checkups, there were competitions, conclaves, and workshops at the Mela, focusing on preventive health and related aspects of managing one’s health.

The Perfect Health Mela, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee this year, is a confluence of tradition and modernity and has successfully since the past two and a half decades been working towards creating mass awareness on all aspects of health; using a consumer-driven model as the medium. It began with much fanfare and a grand inauguration by Shri Satyendra Jain – Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, apart from other dignitaries from various spheres.

Speaking at the valedictory, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “I am extremely happy at the successful conclusion of the event and the huge participation. Our campaigns against indoor air pollution and antimicrobial resistance this year have taken off well and we hope to cover more ground on these issues. A lot of new aspects have been added to the Mela this year including the HCFI CSR awards recognizing the contribution of the corporate sector towards health. It is time to focus on preventing lifestyle diseases by making certain changes to our diet and lifestyles. I also urge everyone to have a healthy Diwali and take necessary precautions to protect oneself and others from injury and harm. Avoid bursting crackers as they can contribute to increasing pollution levels in the city and thereby hamper health.”

The five-day event served as a podium for over on-the-spot competitions in which over 7000 children from various schools and colleges took part with great enthusiasm. Among the competitions were Indian and western dance, fashion show, rock band, Mehendi art, collage making, painting, and slogan writing. There were also special performances by the Punjabi Academy and the Urdu Academy, which added value to the event. The purpose behind these competitions and performances was to use infotainment as a way of imparting health education to the masses.

A mini mela on art and workshops on art and painting by Chandni and Bahaar Dhawan, respectively, saw good participation from art enthusiasts. The highlight of the evening was the HCFI CSR Awards that were presented to corporates recognizing their contribution towards access to affordable healthcare. 10 corporate organizations were awarded under various categories. Two other awards presented during the valedictory were the HCFI Awards and the IMA NDB Doctor Awards recognizing the contribution and efforts of those from the medical fraternity.

Speaking at the conclave on CSR in India, Mr Mukul Rohatgi, former Attorney General of India, said, “Given its reach and influence, the corporate sector has the wherewithal to propagate the message of preventive health among the citizens of the country. Only efforts that begin at the grassroots level, with proactive efforts by the government and private sector together can solve various issues at hand. I congratulate the awardees and wish the Mela all the very best.”

Adding her comments, Dr Swati Bhave, former President, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, said, “I congratulate the HCFI for another successful innings of the Perfect Health Mela. It is heartening to see the huge participation over the days. Preventive health starts with children and the Mela serves as the perfect platform to educate them.”

Mr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, Delhi, added, “HCFI’s campaign on access to affordable healthcare and Make in India for Cure in India could not have started at a more opportune time. With the government starting various initiatives in the healthcare sector, it is only prudent that other organizations follow suit and do their bit in this sector. I am indeed happy to be a part of this event.”

The evening concluded with a spellbinding illusion act by Mr Rahul Kharbanda and a musical set by renowned singer-performer Ms Shibani Kashyap. Rahul has performed across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages. His act was packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions and stunning acts of illusion. Ms Shibani Kashyap is a very well-known name among youngsters and the millennials. She sang some famous numbers and left the audience asking for more.

Speaking at the valedictory, Dr P K Sharma, Medical Health Officer, NDMC and; the civic partner of the year’s Perfect Health Mela, said We all thank everyone who came and attended the 25th Perfect Health Mela and made it such a success. We are happy to be supporting this event every year and will ensure to extend the same support in the years to come.”

Among other things, the Mela focused on generating oxygen through indoor plants, promoting fast food (easy to eat and quick items like fruits and vegetables) as opposed to traditional fried fast food items, learning to create noise and pollution free environments, Make in India for Cure in India, and avoiding misuse of antibiotics. It was a grand success with people across age groups taking away key learnings and insights.

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About Heart Care Foundation of India

Initiated in 1986, the Heart Care Foundation of India is a leading National NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people from all walks of life and providing solutions for India’s everyday healthcare needs. The NGO uses consumer-based entertainment modules to impart health education and increase awareness amongst people. A leading example of this is the Perfect Health Mela; an annual event started in 1993 that is attended by over 2-3 lakh people each year. The Mela showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars and check-ups, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. In addition to this, the NGO conducts programs and camps to train people on the technique of hands only CPR through its CPR 10 mantra for revival after a sudden cardiac arrest. They currently hold three Limca book of world records for the maximum number of people trained in hands-only CPR in one go. Keeping article 21 of the Indian Constitution in mind, which guarantees a person Right to Life, Heart Care Foundation of India has also recently initiated a project called the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to ensure that no one dies of a heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment.

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