HCFI and RKGIT College jointly organize training on how to save a life in the event of choking for pharmacy students on World Diabetes Day

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Guests at the event gave insights on managing diabetes and preventing complications to students and others present

Ghaziabad, 14th November 2019: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization, committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation, in association with the Raj Kumar Institute of Technology (Pharmacy division), Ghaziabad, recently organized a programme commemorating World Diabetes Day.

Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and CMAAO was the Chief Guest for the event and Shri Laxman Prasad from RKGIT was the Guest of Honor. The delegation from HCFI included Dr (Major) Prachi Garg, Mr Saurabh Aggarwal, Ms Poonam Gupta, Mr Deepak Verma, Mr Sanjeev Khanna, Mr Dheeraj Kumar, Ms Ritu Manjhi, Ms Vandana Rawat, Mr Ram Singh, Mr Daya Ram, Mr Himanshu and Ms Sabina.

During the event, all pharmacy students from RKGIT were trained on how to save a life in the event of choking. The guests present gave their valuable insights on various aspects related to diabetes and its management. Dr Monica Sachdeva, Ms Supriya, and Mr Akshat from RKGIT were also present at the event.

Speaking to the students, Dr KK Aggarwal, said, “The mantra to avert diabetes or even prevent the complications associated with the condition should be ‘meetha bolo, kadwa khao’. Diabetes is assuming epidemic proportions in India and the need of the hour is large-scale awareness on the condition. People should take proactive steps to follow a healthy lifestyle right from a young age.”

Adding his comments, Shri Laxman Prasad, said, “All students should be aware of how to save a life in case someone is choking. First aid is something that everyone should learn, and lifesaving techniques can come to the aid of someone who is suffering. As students of medicine, this should be your first responsibility.”

Dr (Major) Prachi Garg, added, “One of the major risk factors that can worsen the symptoms and outcomes of diabetes is oppressing one’s emotions. One should avoid taking undue stress and ensure that they stay calm and happy.”

HCFI regularly conducts several awareness programmes around the city and the event on World Diabetes Day was also a step towards educating students about other aspects of the condition.

Some tips to prevent diabetes from HCFI

  • A diet rich in whole grain, fruits, and vegetables is very good for the body. Fibrous food will ensure that you feel fuller for a longer period and prevent any cravings. Avoid processed and refined food as much as possible.
  • Limit your alcohol intake and quit smoking. Too much alcohol leads to weight gain and can increase your blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Men should limit drinks to two per day and women to one per day. Smokers are twice as likely to develop diabetes as non-smokers and therefore, it is a good idea to quit this habit.
  • Understand your risk factors as it can help you in taking preventive measures at the earliest and avoid complications.

Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) delegation meets Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha to discuss implementation of important measures for better public health

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Apart from demonstrating the CPR technique, the meeting also served as a platform to bring other issues to the Hon’ble Speaker’s attention

New Delhi 13th November, 2019: A 50-member delegation from the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) recently met with the Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla at his office on 13th November 2019. The delegation was led by the President of HCFI, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal. Apart from discussing the various activities of the HCFI, the meeting also served as a platform to raise some pertinent issues in front of the hon’ble speaker.

During the meeting, Dr Aggarwal spoke about HCFI’s activities in brief and demonstrated the new air purifier that can be made at home using a simple filter. He also demonstrated how to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), laying the premise for the discussion.

Speaking about this, Dr Aggarwal said, “It was indeed an honor to meet the Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla ji and address various issues and solutions that are the need of the hour. We hope that he will consider our suggestions and take proactive steps towards putting in place processes towards the same. At HCFI, our efforts have always been towards addressing important health-related aspects and bringing them to the attention of stakeholders. This meeting was also an attempt in this direction.”

The following salient points were discussed during the meeting.

· The HCFI recommended that every member of parliament including the staff therein must be trained in the lifesaving technique of CPR.

· Automatic external defibrillators (AED) machines should be available in all public places including the Lok Sabha premises

· Antibiotics should be made available to people only on the basis of a valid medical prescription

· Drugs containing doping substances should have a red mark on them as an indication

· There is a need to cap the price of masks and air filters/ purifiers when the air pollution levels are high

·A green corridor, similar to the one created during a heart transplant, should be made available for ambulances as well.

Heart Care Foundation of India appeals to Delhi Chief Minister to cap the prices of air purifiers and also to install them in public places

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The overall air quality in Delhi remains poor. At some places, it is still in the “hazardous” category; AQI at PGDAV College, Sriniwaspuri was 399 on Thursday 12 noon; it was 344 at Mandir Marg. The air was unhealthy at Anand Vihar with an AQI of 260 at 12 noon yesterday.

The harmful effects of air pollution on health are well-established. People should be made aware of the health effects of air pollution and how to protect themselves.

Using air purifiers at home and anti-pollution masks when outdoors, can reduce exposure to toxic pollution levels, but cannot stop it completely.

But, the important point to note here is that air purifiers and air masks are expensive; the high costs put them beyond the reach for the large majority of population.

The concerned authorities have the responsibility to not only make them accessible, but also affordable to the general public at large.

The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has written to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister Delhi to procure heavy industry air purifiers or make them using the 0.3 heavy industry air filters and place them in all public transports like buses, metros, trains, etc. and also in all public places (Copy of the letter enclosed).

HCFI has also written to the Delhi Chief Minister requesting him to issue directions to all manufacturing companies, traders, etc. of air purifiers, air masks, air filters to overcharge any person buying such products (Copy of the letter enclosed).

Reference No.: HCFI/2019/Nov 7

Date: 7.11.19

To,

Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi

Chief Minister’s Office

3rd Level, Delhi Secretariat

I.P. Estate, Delhi – 110002

E-mail: cmdelhi@nic.in

SUBJECT:  APPEAL FOR PROCURING HEAVY INDUSTRY AIR PURIFIERS AND PLACING THEM IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES, PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Respected Arvind Ji

Safe Drinking water is a fundamental right of the citizens of Delhi as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India, 1950. For ensuring safe drinking water, the Delhi Government supplies safe water to the citizens through water tankers even to homeless.

Similarly, safe and pure breathing air is the fundamental right of the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, 1950. However, the statistics indicate that the air quality in Delhi-NCR has taken a dip again. Since the last few days, it has been “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” with the air quality index (AQI) hovering in the “poor” to “very poor” range.

In light of this, it is humbly requested that the Delhi Government should take immediate action for procuring heavy industry air purifiers or make them using the 0.3 heavy industry air filters and place them in all public transports like buses, metros, trains, etc. and also in all public places.

Thanking You,

Yours truly,

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Heart Care Foundation of India

President CMAAO

Copy to:

Sh Satyendra Jain Health Minister Delhi

Sh Vijay Dev Chief Secretary Delhi

Reference No.: HCFI/2019/

Date: 7.11.19

To,

Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi

Chief Minister’s Office

3rd Level, Delhi Secretariat

I.P. Estate, Delhi – 110002

E-mail: cmdelhi@nic.in

SUBJECT:  APPEAL FOR ISSUING DIRECTIONS FOR NOT OVERCHARGING AIR PURIFIERS, AIR MASKS AND AIR FILTERS IN DELHI

Respected Arvind Ji,

The statistics indicate that the air quality in Delhi-NCR has taken a dip again. Since the last few days, it has been “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” with the air quality index (AQI) hovering in the “poor” to “very poor” range.

In light of this, your goodself has issued and enforced “Odd – Even Scheme” for all vehicles in Delhi. Also, your goodself has also issued directions that during this period private taxi and cabs will not overcharge any passenger in Delhi.

In view of the emergency situation in Delhi, we would request your goodself to issue similar directions and orders to all manufacturing companies, traders, etc. of air purifiers, air masks, air filters not to overcharge any person buying such products. Like in dengue tests in dengue season, their charges may also be capped.

Thanking You,

Yours truly,

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Heart Care Foundation of India

President CMAAO

Copy to:

Sh Satyendra Jain Health Minister Delhi

Sh Vijay Dev Chief Secretary Delhi

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Past National President IMA

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