15th August should not only be a reminder of independence from the British but a commitment on a yearly basis to eradicate one more disease said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal
15th August should not only be a reminder of independence from the British but a commitment on a yearly basis to eradicate one more disease said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India & MTNL Perfect Health Mela. Every year efforts should be made to start a 'Quit' India Movement for a particular disease.
The International Task Force for Disease Eradication in 1992 identified six "eradicable" or "potentially eradicable" infectious diseases. These are dracunculiasis, poliomyelitis, mumps, rubella, lymphatic filariasis, and cysticercosis. In 2002, measles was added to this list.
Of these only guinea worm disease or dracunculiasis has already been eradicated from India.
Malaria, yellow fever, and yaws eradication programmes of earlier years were unsuccessful but they contributed greatly to a better understanding of the biological, social, political, and economic complexities of achieving the ultimate goal in disease control. In early 1997, WHO listed leprosy, onchocerciasis (River blindness), and Chaga’s disease as being candidates for elimination "as public health problems within ten years".
Its time for us to form an India force and start working on eradicable diseases.
Dr Aggarwal further pointed out that an effective cardiovascular control program should be strengthened all over the country as heart attacks are not known to occur in wild animals.
About HCFI:The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on" Hands only CPR" of 61668 people since 1st November 2012.
The CPR 10 Mantra is – "within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better; at least for the next 10 minutes, longer the better; compress the centre of the chest of the dead person continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute."