Walking Till Sunlight In Smog

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New Delhi: Friday, 09 November 2012: Over 1500 nurses participated in Divya Jyoti Nurses’ Festival in the ongoing 19th Perfect Health Mela. Various competitions including health debate, skit/health play, health model display, poster-cum-slogan writing and collage making were organized in the festival. The topics included – Should nurses spend at least two years abroad, the patient-doctor relationship, ideal clinic, natural fast food and slim with taste.

Following are the gist of discussion:

  • Nurses are the backbone of the society and an important conduit between patient care and the doctor.
  • Nurses can play an important role in educating the people about dengue fever as well as the smog menace.
  • Every doctor who practices should hire services of a nurse whose job should be to check blood pressure, pulse of every patient and for about history of smoking, alcoholism, sexual preferences and diet.
  • They should also be doing the job of talking to the patient after the doctor has seen and counseled them about the prescription details.
  • They should also telephonically call the patient at regular intervals to know about their status.

Live workshop on hypertension

A workshop on Hypertension was also organized. The faculty included Dr Vanita Arora from Max Heart Institute and Dr KK Aggarwal.

Facts about hypertension

  • The conclusion of the workshop was that every effort must be made to keep the blood pressure below 120/80.
  • Hypertension affects 15-20% of the society.
  • The first blood pressure should be checked at 4 years of age.
  • Even 5mm reduction in blood pressure reading can reduce the mortality
  • Hypertension is silent killer and if not controlled can damage the eyes, kidney, heart and brain.
  • In hypertension, in addition to controlling the blood pressure reading, it is equally important to control blood sugar and lipid profile.
  • Smoking even one cigarette can increase the blood pressure reading.
  • The harmful changes of high blood pressure can be regressed with lifestyle management.

Anmol festival for children with special needs

Anmol, a festival for children with special needs was organized in the Perfect Health Mela. The festival was coordinated by Balwant Rai Mehta Vidya Bhavan. Over 200 children with special needs participated in folk dance, yoga, painting, singing and diya decoration competitions.

Seminar on Therapeutic Value of Indian Classical Dance

A special seminar on therapeutic value of India Classical Dance was organized in MTNL Perfect Health Mela. Noted dancers Guru Jitendra Maharaj, Saroja Vaidyanathan, Nalini-Kamalini and Kanak Sudhakar participated in the seminar.

Facts about classical dance

  • Classical dance is better than western dance as in addition to exercise, it harmonizes the body’s autonomic nervous system.
  • It comes into category of an aerobic dance.
  • It gives all the advantages of doing pranayama and meditation.
  • People who do classical dance regularly have less chances of developing heart attack.

Qawwali by Urdu Academy

Urdu Academy organized a live performance of Qawwali by Mr. Ghulam Sabir Nizami, famous qawwal of Delhi.

All Pathy Consensus on Exercise

Doctors from all pathies participated in a seminar on exercise organised in association with All India Radio. The faculty included Dr. KK Aggarwal, Dr. V.A. Siddiqui (Homeopathy), Dr. BN Sinha (Ayurveda), Dr. Raisuddin (Unani), Dr. S.N. Yadav (Yoga), Dr. R.K. Tuli (Holistic medicine) and Dr. D.N. Sharma (Naturopathy).

Facts about exercise

  • One should exercise 80 minutes a day and brisk exercise 80 minutes a week.
  • The speed of walking should be at least 80 steps per minute.
  • One should do resistance or weight bearing exercises twice in a week.
  • Avoid doing strenuous exercises for the first time in life after the age of 40.
  • According to Ayurveda, one should exercise to his or her body type.
  • Diabetics who exercise should not exercise if blood sugar is lower than 90.
  • In conditions of smog, avoid walking early in the morning till sunlight appears.

Pakistani stall attracts crowd

For the first time, a Pakistani delegation has set up a stall in the Perfect Health Mela.Thirty stalls from the Dept. of Handicrafts, Government of India (COHANDS) also have items on display that would be of interest of people who enjoy Diwali shopping.

Vacuum massaging in the Mela

The old traditional ancient vacuum massage therapy workshops are being conducted in the Mela by Mumbai team lead by Suman Srivastava and Anil Jani. The massage is good for the chronic ailments.

About 4571 people including teachers, parents, children, nurses, doctors, journalists and general public have been trained in CPR 10.

Tomorrow’s attractions

Tomorrow, the Mela will hold Medico Masti, youth festival which includes fashion show, western dance and choreography. There will also be a conference on Homeopathy Cardiology, Cardiology in Naturopathy. There will also be a session by Delhi Medical Association on Nursing Home problems.

Over 100 foreigners to be apart of Perfect Health Mela

An all-religion seminar is being organised on the role of prayer in health on Sunday 5pm with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Over 50 foreign nationals from various countries will be participating. This will be for the first time that foreign nationals will be a part of Perfect Health Mela.

19th MTNL Perfect Health Mela formally opens today

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Inaugurating the Mela, Dr. Ashok Walia, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Delhi said that to reduce the menace of increasing lifestyle disorders in the society, we must say no to junk food and avoid eating a combination of white sugar, white rice and white maida. He said that one should not use trans-fat in the diet as it can lead to abdominal obesity.

Dr. Walia emphasized regarding heart diseases in the city and said

1.   About 50 people die of heart disease every day in Delhi itself. Delhi Government has planned to reduce this in the city.

3.   It has already banned Gutka.

4.   It has started diabetic and hypertension control programmes,

5.   It is working against the supply of junk food in schools and is educating about the concept of exercise in schools.

6.   The Government also has a school health scheme for the examination of school children.

7.   For kidney patients, it has a free dialysis programme.

8.    For BPL heart patients, Delhi Government provides free angioplasty and bypass surgery and the Government is enforcing free beds for heart patients in private hospitals, which have received free or concessional land from the Government.

Dr. T. Meniya, Member of Parliament said that emphasis on the role of exercise in day to day life should be given. He said that even simple walking can make all the difference.

In her message to the Mela, Smt. Sheila Dixit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, said that for combating lifestyle disorders, the public health education is the only answer.

Smt. Savita Gupta, Hon’ble Mayor, South MCD in her message said that meditation and prayer are part and parcel of healthy lifestyle.

Acharya Dr. Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj, Chairperson World Fellowship of Religions emphasized on the role of Mantra meditation.

Delivering the presidential address, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that the Government should think of limiting the quantity of trans fats in the hotel industry. He also said that education should be created amongst school children about the hazards of eating trans fats. Talking about dengue menace, Dr. Aggarwal said that all school children should be given home work to check for dengue breeding in their respective houses and neighbourhood.

Other eminent personalities who gave their messages were – Shri AK Garg, CMD MTNL, Shri Suman Mukherjee, Director, SAIL, Shri AP Frank Noronha, DG DAVP, Shri SS Gupta, Dev. Commissioner Handicrafts, Govt.. of India, Padma Shri Awardee Alok Mehta Editor National Dunya, Sh Rajiv Ranjan Srivastava Editor  Deshbandhu, Sh Anil Ganeriwala Joint  Secretary, AYUSH, Govt. of India, Shri Satish Kumar, ED, Indian Oil, Shri R. Chandra Mohan, Pr. Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Transport Department, Shri Sanjiv Kumar, Secretary, Dept of Environment, Shri AP Singh, Zonal Manager(North), LIC, Shri GG Saxena, CMD DTDC, Shri BP Singh, Advisor & Head, RVPSP, DST, Shri Rajiv Kale, Director WCD, Dr. M Sudhakar, Scientist G, Ministry of Earth Science, Shri Sanjay Kumar, Secretary (Environment & Forest), Shri Deepak Jolly, Vice President Coca Cola Ltd., Shri R.C. Daka, Director AIIMS, Shri Vivek Kumar, Trustee, Brij Rma Foundation, Shri KS Rao, Jt. Secy., MOHFW, GoI, Dr. A K Aggarwal, President, DMC, Sh Satish Goell Chairman Mujaffar Nagar Medical College, Dr Harish Gupta, President, DMA, Shri Sandeep Marwah, Chairman, AAFT, Shri Rajender Gupta, Former Transport  Minister Delhi, Shri Satish Upadhayay, Chairman Education Committee, MCD South Zone and Dr V K Khanna President IAHP.

Celebrities who were present were Padma Bhushan Awardee Uma Sharma, Kathak Dancers Nalini Kamalkini, Sangeeta Bahl and Ramon Lamba.

Over 50 activities have been planned in the Perfect Health Mela and will include inter-school; inter-nursing school, inter-dancing school and inter-college festivals, workshops on physics and consciousness, cardiology workshops for naturopaths, Ayurved physicians and homeopaths, all pathy and all religion meet on exercise and prayer. The 5 days of Mela will be a mix of exhibition, checkups and infotainment.

Workshop on obesity

A special workshop was organized on obesity and concluded that trans-fat should be banned in the hotel industry. The participants included Dr. KK Aggarwal and Dr Praveen Bhatia obesity surgeon.

1.   Abdominal obesity is more dangerous than generalized obesity

2.    One should avoid a combination of refined carbs and animal fat

3.   Eat in moderation

4.   Exercise more

5.   Longer the waist line shorter the life line

1000 children walk for good health

1000 children walked from Shastri Bhavan to the Mela ground in the morning with health play cards

1.   Foods of plant in origin have no cholesterol

2.   Dengue mosquito grows in fresh collected home water

3.   Breathing with a speed of 5 per minute for twenty minute can be a used like a drug

4.   Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables

5.   Move and walk is the fitness mantra

1500 school children participate in Harmony

Over 1500 school children participated in the special festival Harmony in competitions like Poster-cum-Slogan Writing, Health Model Display-cum-Demonstration on prevention of vector born diseases, Quiz on non-communicable diseases and Folk Dance on dance to good health. The prizes were distributed on the spot. Birla Vidya Niketan school was the coordinating school.

Mrs Minakshi Kushwaha and Mrs Tapati Singhi from BVN said that school children can paly a major role in checking the menace of dengue in the city.

1.   Dance is good for the heart

2.   Walk atleast 80 minutes a day

3.   Brisk walk atleast 80 minutes a week

4.   Brisk walk should be more than 80 steps a minute

5.   Do not use lift for the first floor

National workshop on Ayurveda in cardiology

Over 200 Ayurvedic doctors participated in a workshop organized in association with Integrated Medical Association on all about cardiac diagnostics an Ayurveda doctor should know. The faculty included Dr. KK Aggarwal and Dr. Vinayak Aggarwal and Dr R P Parasher.


1.   Arjuna Chaal is good for heart patients

2.   One clove of garlic is good for the heart

3.   Heart patients should avoid eating food rich in pungent, sour and salt taste.

Over 400 school teachers attend a workshop on Health and Hygiene

Over 400 school teachers attended a workshop on health and hygiene. The workshops were conducted for school teachers by Birla Vidya Niketan and Ryan International School. Over 400 teachers including from SMCD were trained. The workshops were conducted by Dr. KK Aggarwal and Anju Uppal Principal Rynes International School Faridabad.


1.   One should not cough in hands or in handkerchief

2.   One should wash hands before eating

3.   Washing hands should be for 15 seconds.

PFA stalls attack crowd

Large number of people could be seen at the food adulteration stalls showing how to detect adulteration in food.

Cultural Shows at Perfect Health Mela

Cultural shows were organized by Punjabi Academy and National Song and Drama Division.

Do Not Ignore Chronic Constipation

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Do not ignore chronic constipation, especially in the elderly as it may be a sign of underlying cancer, said Dr. Rajiv Khosla and Dr. Praveen Bhatia, in a joint statement. Panelists were Dr Ajay Kumar, Dr Rajiv Khosla, Dr SK Thakur, Dr  AK Jhingan, Dr Kailash Singla. The seminar was moderated by Padmashri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr KK Aggarwal

They were participating in a seminar organized by Heart Care Foundation of India and eMedinewS at Constitution Club of India as part of 19thMTNL Perfect Health Mela celebrations. Over 200 doctors participated in the seminar which was supported by Win Medicare.

The doctors said that any abdominal pain associated with diarrhea should suspect one of inflammatory bowel disease but if the same appears for the first time in the elderly, one must conduct colonoscopy to rule out cancer of gut.

Constipation should not be treated with laxatives as they may be habit forming. Isabgol, triphala  and poly ethylene glycol are the commonest medicines used to treat constipation. Isabgol is a bulk laxative. Presence of rectal bleeding, constipation and diarrhea, unexplained abdominal pain should warrant one to undergo colonoscopy.

Facts about chronic constipation

1.    Constipation is the most common digestive complaint in the general population, and is associated with substantial economic costs

2.    Infrequently, constipation is the first manifestation of metabolic (diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, hypercalcemia, heavy metal intoxication), neurologic, or obstructive intestinal disease; more often, it occurs as a side effect of commonly used drug

3.    Constipation has been defined as a stool frequency of less than three per week

4.    An international working committee recommended diagnostic criteria (Rome III) for functional constipation. The diagnosis should be based upon the presence of the following for at least three months (with symptom onset at least six months prior to diagnosis).

a.    Must include two or more of the following:

  • Straining during at least 25 percent of defecations
  • Lumpy or hard stools in at least 25 percent of defecations
  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation for at least 25 percent of defecations
  • Sensation of anorectal obstruction/blockage for at least 25 percent of defecations
  • Manual maneuvers to facilitate at least 25 percent of defecations (eg, digital evacuation,  support of the pelvic floor)
  • Fewer than three defecations per week

b. Loose stools are rarely present without the use of laxatives

c. There are insufficient criteria for IBS.

5.     It often responds to dietary changes and various laxatives.

6.     Idiopathic constipation is associated with normal or slow colonic transit, functional defecation disorder, or both.

7.     Management of normal and slow transit chronic constipation includes patient education, behavior modification, dietary change, bulk forming laxatives, and the use of non-bulk forming laxatives or enemas

8.     Initial management of idiopathic constipation involve dietary fiber and bulk forming laxatives such as psyllium ormethylcellulose, together with adequate fluids

9.     For patients who do not tolerate bulk forming laxatives or respond poorly to fiber one should start with osmotic laxative

10.  Other options include stool softeners or stimulant laxatives (bisacodyl, senna, and sodium picosulfate).

11.  Management of severe constipation and functional defecation disorder may involve suppositories, biofeedback, botulinum toxin injections into the puborectalis muscle, or subtotal colectomy under specific circumstances.

12.  Various pharmacologic therapies (lubiprostone, misoprostol, colchicine) have been used to treat severe constipation with limited success.

13.  In patients over the age of 70 years warm water enemas rather than sodium phosphate enemas be used for the treatment of constipation

14.  The use of sodium phosphate enemas in older adults has been associated with complications including hypotension and volume depletion, hyperphosphatemia, hypo- or hyperkalemia, metabolic acidosis, severe hypocalcemia, renal failure, and EKG changes (prolonged QT interval).

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