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Health Mela concludes with the message 'learn CPR'
On the concluding day of MTNL Perfect Health Mela being organised by Heart Care Foundation of India, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde released the CPR 10 Mantra 'Within 10 Minutes of Cardiac arrest (earlier the better) for the next, atleast10 minutes compress the centre of the chest with a speed of 100/min (10x10).'

SUSHIL KUMAR Shinde said that CPR should be learned by everybody. He wished the CPR-10 initiative all the success. The 19th Perfect Health Mela was formally closed on last Sunday evening. Thousands of people participated and visited the Mela.

Dr. (Prof.) Kiran Walia, Women & Child Department, Social Welfare Department and Languages in her message said that youngsters should not indulge in alcoholism. She said that the drug addiction is becoming a major problem in adolescents. Patients who indulge in substance abuse should be tackled gently and with care. She also said that menstruating women should take a weekly dose of folic acid.
Dr. KK Aggarwal said that the Mela has ended with a good note for the public as dengue is at its decline.

Following records were made during the Mela

1050 students were trained in one session of multiple-rescuer CPR.

201 people were trained in one session of single-rescuer CPR.

Maximum people trained in one day were 2168.

96 children with special needs were trained in one session.

Total number of people trained more than 8500 people in CPR 10

Heritage Inter Dancing School Competition

Various classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kathak were organized as part of Heritage, the Inter Dance School Festival. The competitions were coordinated by Indian Oil Corporation.

Classical dance has effects like meditation.

Classical dancing should be part and parcel of school education.

People who indulge into classical dance have less lifestyle disorders.

Conference on Zoonoses 2012

Over 100 people participated in a conference on Zoonoses. The messages were:

Zoonoses is an animal disease, which can be transmitted to humans.

Humans are accidental hosts who acquire disease through close contact with an infected animal who may or may not be having a Zoonosis.

Children are at higher risk.

Pets can transmit bacterial, fungal and parasitic zoonoses.

The different routes of transmission may be saliva, respiratory secretions or through direct contact.
Saliva transmission can be through bites or contaminated scratches.

The risk of transmission can be reduced by simple precautions.

Owners should wash their hands following contact with their pets or cleaning of their cages.

Younger pets present a greater risk of diseases than older pets.

Pets should not be fed raw meat or eggs.

Pets should not be allowed to eat garbage.

Pets should not be allowed to drink surface water or toilet water.

Pets should be treated timely for diarrhea and dermatoses.

All dogs should be vaccinated for rabies.

National Workshop on pre-hospital care in heart attack

A national workshop on pre-hospital care in heart attack was organized in association with National Heart Institute. The faculty included Dr Vinod Sharma, Dr K K Aggarwal, Dr. Tushar Roy, Dr. Lokesh C Gupta, Dr. SK Modi, Dr. KC Goswami and Dr. Sameer Srivastava.

Facts released

In heart attack, at the onset of chest pain, one should chew a tablet of 300 gm of water soluble aspirin. This will reduce chances of death by 22%.

Any pain which can pinpointed by a finger is not a heart pain.

Any pain of less than 30 seconds duration is not a heart pain.

One should reach hospital within 90 minutes of heart attack to receive clot dissolving or clot removing therapy.

At the onset of heart attack, one should also be given stat dose of anti cholesterol medicine.

Burning in chest for the first time in life after the age of 40 should raise the suspicion of a heart attack.

Breathlessness after the age of 40 for the first time in life should not be ignored.

Live discussion on diabetes

A live discussion was held on Dilli Aaj Tak on diabetes. The faculty included Dr K K Aggarwal and Dr A K Jinghan. The star attraction was cricketer Mr Vijay Dahiya.

Facts about diabetes:

Fasting sugar of more than 90 can have cardiovascular involvement.

A1c of more than 6.5 is diagnostic of diabetes.

A1c testing should be done every three years.

Blood sugar along with blood pressure should be kept under control in all patients with diabetes. If uncontrolled, diabetes can damage the heart, eyes, kidney and brain.  

Sindhi Academy organises cultural evening

A cultural evening was organized where Sindhi singer Uma Lallo performed.

Symposium on Prayer, Health & Religion

A symposium was organized on prayer, health and religion in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
The panelists included Prof. Sunil Kumar (Hinduism), Imam Umar Ahmed Iliyasi (Islam), Padri Kanasih G (Christianity), Bhikshu Purnima (Buddhism), Dr. AK Merchant (Bahai Faith), Dr. E A Malekar (Yahudi) and Acharya Dr. Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj (Jainism). The session was moderated by Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President of the Mela. Mr. J. Veeraraghavan delivered the keynote address.

Facts about prayer:

Even silent prayers can be effective

Prayer has been known to help heal patients.

Every hospital should have a prayer room with facilities for prayer for every religion.

Patients of some religions may request the doctor to pray with them. Their sentiments should be preserved.

In Islam doctors may pray for patients and they are encouraged to do so.

Prayer is one of the five pillars in Islam.

Prayer is a staple of Jewish spiritual life.

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