The team of nine leading doctors in the city led by Delhi BPJ President, Mr Satish Upadhyay and Heart Care Foundation of India’s President Dr KK Aggarwal together pledged– “Hum Shapath lete hain ki hum Bharat to Swachh or Samridh Banayenge”. In addition to this they also took brooms in their hands and participated in a symbolic cleanliness drive at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.
The tem of nine medical icons nominated by Dr KK Aggarwal included Dr Naresh Trehan – CMD Medanta The Medicity; Dr Anupam Sibbal –Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospital; Dr Naveen Dang – Director Dr Dangs Path Lab; Dr D K Dewan – Director Dept of family welfare, Delhi Government ; Dr P K Sharma – MOH, NDMC; Dr O P Yadava – CMD National Heart Institute; Dr Anil Goyal: President Delhi Medical Association ; Dr Girish Tyagi – Registrar Delhi Medical Council and Dr Vinay Aggarwal – Former President IMA.
Commenting on the campaign, Dr Naresh Trehan, CMD of Medanta – The Medcity said that I am privileged to be nominated to be a part of the 9 Medical Navratnas of the Swachch Bharat campaign and I am convinced that by keeping our surroundings clean, we can make India a healthier and disease free nation.
Speaking at the valedictory ceremony, Padma Shri Awardee, Sr. National VP and Secretary General Elect – IMA and President – Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr KK Aggarwal said,“ Improper sanitation, unhygienic habits, un kept surroundings, improper disposal of waste and open defecation all drastically increase the prevalence of disease in our country. It has been Heart Care Foundation of India’s constant endeavor over the past 21 years through the Perfect Health Mela to raise awareness about preventive health and this year we decided to add cleanliness to it given their indispensible relationship. I would like to thank all the doctors present here today, participants, sponsors and supporters for the wholehearted efforts and contribution in making Mela a success”
Started in 1991, Perfect Health Mela is a mass health awareness module, which attracts over 2-3 lakh people each year. In its 21st edition, the Mela was organized in association the MTNL. SAIL, NDMC, MCD, UN Information Center for Bhutan and Nepal and DST and the theme was “Swach Baharat, Swasth Bharat”. The main philosophy behind this theme being that by improving the cleanliness of the country several leading diseases such as dengue, typhoid, malaria, Jaundice and cholera can be eliminated.
Some of the key one of its kind features of this year’s event included a live telemedicine facility set up by Medanta – the Medicity, the SAIL Heart and Health Pavilion and subsidized heart surgeries provided by the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund.
Commenting on his nomination, the Group Medical Director of Apollo Hospitals, Dr Anupam Sibbal, added, “A country can only truly progress if its citizens are healthy and environment is clean. I thank Dr KK Aggarwal for nominating me and hope I can help carry forward this message. I congratulate him and his team at Heart Care Foundation of India for their constant efforts towards raising health awareness and providing effective health solutions for the marginalized sections of the society.”
Over 1000 people attended the valedictory function of the 21st MTNL Perfect Health Mela & SAIL Health Pavilion.