Prevention and precaution are key to avoiding disease like swine flu

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Medication for this condition should only be taken under supervision

New Delhi, 20 October 2018: There has been a spike in the number of positive H1N1 cases reported in Bengaluru in the month of September. October has been no different and the causes attributed to the increasing prevalence include change in weather and rains.There were 68 positive cases during the first week of October, which further increased by 21 in a matter of some days.

This disease is caused by a strain of the influenza A virus and was found to have been transmitted to humans from pigs. H1N1 can also be fatal if not treated on time. Its symptoms include a cough, sore throat, fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Swine flu presents with fever of more than 1000 F with cough or sore throat in the absence of any other main cause. The diagnosis is confirmed with a lab test using rRT/PCR technique. Mild or uncomplicated flu or Swine Flu is characterized by fever, cough, sore throat, nasal discharge, muscle pain, headache, chills, malaise and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. In mild cases, there is no shortness of breath. Progressive swine flu is characterized by above symptoms along with chest pain, increased respiratory rate, decreased oxygen in the blood, labored breathing in children, low blood pressure, confusion, altered mental status, severe dehydration and exacerbation of underlying asthma, renal failure, diabetes, heart failure, angina or COPD.”

In the pregnant women, flu can cause more serious complications including death of fetus. Mild cases do not require admission, but progressive cases need to be admitted.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is the treatment of choice but it should be taken under medical supervision. It must be given in the first 48 hours. It is given in severely low patients, pregnant women, underlying organ disease or age less than 5 years.”

Preventive health is one of the topics of discussion at the upcoming 25th Perfect Health Mela to be held from 23rd to 27th October 2018 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.

Some tips from HCFI

  • The standard prevention is respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and hand hygiene.
  • Hand washing should be performed before and after every patient contact or infectious material and before putting and after removing gloves.Hand hygiene can be done with a washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand drops.If hands are visibly soiled, they should be washed with soap and water.
  • Patients should be placed in a private room or area. The health care staff should wear a face mask while entering the patient’s room. When leaving the room, the health care workers should remove the face mask, dispose it off and then perform hand hygiene.
  • Patients should wear a surgical mask and should be aware of respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and hand hygiene.
  • Droplet precaution should be taken for seven days after illness onset or 24 hours after resolutions of fever and respiratory syndrome.
  • One should not cough in the hands, handkerchief but instead cough either in the tissue paper and dispose it off or in the side of the arm.

Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) wishes one and all a happy Dussehra

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Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) wishes one and all a happy Dussehra

On this day, we should aim at killing the demon called stress and achiever victory over our anxieties and worries


New Delhi, 19 October 2018: The United Nations recently launched a strategy to deal with workplace mental health issues and the well-being of its staff by dealing with the stigma attached to it.This is a measure towards addressing the concerns of UN staff struggling with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder who also feel isolated and ashamed, with no one to turn to for help.Considering that workplace mental health issues are on the rise, the need of the hour is for India to follow suit.

As per a recent study by ASSOCHAM,about 42.5% of employees in the private sector suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder.Another 40% of respondents to a Harvard Business Review survey said that their workload was excessive, even coming in the way of efficiency. Many others suffer from sleep disorders and other issues.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting the body’s internal systems. Stressed workers also eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and skip exercise – all behaviors linked to heart disease. They have lowered heart rate variability – a sign of a poorly–functioning weak heart – and higher–than–normal levels of cortisol, a ‘stress’ hormone that provides a burst of energy for a fight–or–flight response. Too much cortisol circulating in the blood stream can damage blood vessels and the heart. Conflicting priorities between work and home have a negative effect on mental health and have been linked to some substance-abuse issues.”

While lifestyle changes and balancing are important, another aspect to this is learning from Lord Ganesha, who can be termed as the stress management guru. If Lord Krishna was the first counselor who taught the principles of counseling, Lord Ganesha taught us the principles of stress management.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “A person who has a parasympathetic state of mind is in a relaxed state. This can help avoid mental stress and related disorders. Music and dance are known to induce this state of mind and vanquish the demons called stress and anxiety. We invite one and all to visit the 25th Perfect Health Mela 2018 to enjoy the various cultural programmes which will help them relax and unwind apart from providing information on various health topics. The mela will be held from 23rd to 27th October at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.”

Some tips from HCFI

·         Form positive relationships and take your colleagues into confidence when you feel a task is getting out of hand.

·         Start your day by eating a healthy and filling breakfast. This will not only help you concentrate but also ensure that you stay away from stress.

·         Get enough sleep and do not let work seep into your sleep time. Make sure you go to sleep around the same time every day.

·         Get about 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This will release endorphins, feel-good hormones that can help uplift your mood.

Prioritize and organize your work. This will ensure that you avoid any backlogs that can spill on to your leisure time.

Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) raises the curtain to the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018

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  • The event promises to bring to Delhiites a host of activities, discussions, competitions, exhibitions, conclaves, and performances
  • Visitors can get ready to receive their dose of health in a fun way through entertainment programmes, free checkups, and camps spread over 5 days

New Delhi, 18th October 2018: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a national NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people, is all set to open the doors to the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018. The event uses infotainment as the mass awareness module and the theme this year will be ”Affordable Healthcare”. Dr Tusker, the friendly elephant, is the mascot for the Mela that will take place from 23rd to 27th October 2018, at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.

This year marks the Silver Jubilee of the Mela, which is one of the most visited, widely covered, and celebrated community health events in the country, and attracts over 1 lakh visitors.

Bollywood actor Mr Inderpal Singh, who was the special guest, urged people from all walks of life to come and attend the Mela along with other guests Nalini Kamalini (celebrated Kathak Duo), Amit Gujral (LGe), and other senior officials from MTNL, LIC, Environment Dept., Family Welfare Dept., Women & Child Dept, Health Services, NDMC,DST,

Speaking at the event, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K KAggarwal, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to invite all of you to the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018. The Mela this year promises to be a bigger and better affair with multifarious activities such as health education seminars, check-ups, entertainment programmes, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. We will also be executing initiatives to promote Swachh Bharat and Ayushman Bharat at the Mela.”

The inaugural day of the Mela will see a soul-stirring performance by Padma Bhushan Awardee Pandit Chhannulal Mishra. It will be presided over by the who’s who from the government and other sectors apart from a galaxy of Padma Awardees as the guests of honor.  The event is co-ordinate by Ms Anita Singh and Sh Ashok Chakradhar.

Apart from this, there will also be a special workshop on Hands-only CPR 10 with Ministry of Youth Affairs, and various inter-school and college competitions.

The highlight on Day Two of the Mela will be a conclave on “Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) campaign: say no to self-antibiotics” with WHO and NCDC. There will also be a Spiritual Inter-faith Conference followed by an entertaining cultural evening by AIR.

Day three will focus on two conclaves on fertility, moderated by Dr Kaberi Banerjee, senior obstetrician and gynecologist; and ‘Puricare’ conclave on Right to safe water and air. This will be followed by a Qawwali performance by the renowned Warsi Brothers.

On Day Four, there will be two special conclaves on Indoor Pollution and Safe and Healthy Homes; and Non-communicable Diseases and Harm Reduction Strategies. A stand-up comedy by Mr Parvinder Singh will take people on a laughter ride in the evening. Another special attraction this year is the HCFI CSR Awards 2018 which follows a conclave on Corporate Social Responsibility. A performance by singer Shivani Kashyap will follow.

Other attractions at the Mela include

  • Free rhythm ECGs by Agasta of all visitors
  • Health monitoring every where and anywhere by Every Well
  • Healthy home concept by DASNAC
  • Puricare campaign on safe water and safe air by LGe
  • Free health checkups and ECG for all and consultations with various medical specialists under one roof.
  • Spiritual conference with World Fellowship of Religions
  • Performances and insightful discussions
  • HCFI CSR Awards
  • IMA New Delhi Branch Awards
  • Exhibitions and entertainment galore for one and all who visit the Mela.
  • Maths Mela coordinated by Mrs Anita Sharma
  • Acting workshop by Sh. Inder Pal Singh
  • Healthy Cooking Workshop by Celebrity Chef Nita Mehta
  • Inter dancing competitions co-ordinated by Nalini Kamalini
  • Daily webcasts
  • Art Mela by Bahar Rohatgi
  • Free ENT surgery by Harsh ENT centre Ghaziabad

All in all, the Mela promises to be a grand affair combining health education with entertainment – an amalgamation of everything festive, health and lifestyle – a never-before event.

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