Saturday, May 7, 2022

Three-day “Swasthya Chintan Shivir”

Posted On: 07 MAY 2022 5:27PM by PIB Delhi

Chintan Shivir Concludes at Kevadia, Gujarat

“I appeal everyone to join the soon to be launched "TB Patient/Village Adoption" scheme where everyone can adopt TB patients and ensure their well-being”: Dr Mandaviya

“Teleconsultation is the future of our health systems and we should work towards promoting it on a large scale as it provides a perfect platform to provide health services to the last mile”

“Ayushman Bharat Nation Digital Health Mission is an important scheme to propel India to a digital revolution in the health sector. We should work towards creating an ABHA ID on a war footing”

“States are requested to create awareness about Union Ministry's 'Mera Aspatal' portal for feedback of beneficiaries /patients about service delivery at Govt hospitals”

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya addressed the concluding session of ‘Swasthya Chintan Shivir’, the 14th Conference of Central Council of Health & Family Welfare (CCHFW), at Kevadia, Gujarat from 5th to 7th May, 2022. He was joined by Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Dr. V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog. State Health Ministers, Health Secretaries, State health representatives, representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NITI Ayog, ICMR and Scientists participated in the three-day long conference.

Dr Mandaviya started his address by stating that "Siddhi (accomplishment) is the driving force behind any Sankalp (resolution)." Appreciating the participation of around 25 Health and Medical Education Ministers in the 3-day "Swasthya Chintan Shivir", he said, "we have been enriched by deep insight of knowledge due to presentation of best practices by states. This provided us knowledge regarding effective implementation of government schemes in the health sector." He further stated that “all States have shared one best practice, so now we have more than 25 best practices to learn from and implement across the country. Goals of centre and States are complementary. It is the goal of state which would define policy making at the central level”.

Highlighting the importance of working in the spirit of cooperative federalism, Dr Mandaviya stated that "States goals provide us national goals". “They provide us roadmap for various policies. The Swasthya Shivir has laid foundation of " Healthy Family" for the country. Let's resolve and take a pledge to ensure best implementation of health policies for wellbeing of our citizens to fulfill aim of Antyodaya. The citizen in the last mile should be our priority for delivery of health services", he stated.

The Minister emphasized that “health is not a commerce but a seva for us. We are committed to promote medical tourism and 'Heal by India' and 'Heal in India' are the two vital pillars of our health ecosystem in the years to come which will position India as a global health leader”.

Dr Mandaviya appealed everyone to “join the soon to be launched ‘TB Patient/Village Adoption’ scheme where everyone can adopt TB patients and ensure their well-being, people nourishment, timely diagnosis and prompt treatment”. "This will contribute immensely to our goal of TB-Free India by 2025", he stated

Dr Mandaviya also invited collaboration for the national initiative for clearing backlog of cataract surgery. He urged state ministers to popularise teleconsultation through e-Sanjeevani. “I appeal to all ministers to visit AB HWCs during your district visits and personally supervise this scheme. This has provided quality healthcare services to the community during Covid”, he stated. He further said that “teleconsultation is the future of our health systems and we should work towards promoting it on a large scale as it provides a perfect platform to provide health services to the last mile”.

The Union Minister requested state ministers to popularise and expedite implementation of ABHA- Ayushman Bharat Health Account in the States. “Ayushman Bharat Nation Digital Health Mission is an important scheme to propel India to a digital revolution in the health sector. We should work towards creating an ABHA ID on a war footing. This scheme ensures privacy with service delivery”, he stated.

Dr Mandaviya further informed about Union Ministry's 'Mera Aspatal' portal for feedback of beneficiaries /patients about service delivery at Govt hospitals. "We need to focus on our lifestyle and food too," he highlighted.

Dr Mandaviya informed that this conference has provided sector-based targets for Union and State governments including those for TB-Free India and clearing backlogs of cataract surgeries, noting that "we need Jan Bhagidari for accomplishing health goals,". He also stated that a dedicated campaign would be started to undertake Cataract operations from 1st June.

He concluded his address by crediting the success of Chintan Shivir to all the teams for their hard work in conceptualizing and implementing it so efficiently. He also thanked all the State health ministers for actively participating in the Shivir. During the 3-day Chintan Shivir at Kevadia, Dr Mandaviya also led the participants for cycle rides, trekking and yoga to promote these healthy lifestyle activities. The Union Health Minister also inaugurated the website of 14th CCHFW.

Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar noted that “Chintan Shivir provided us the beneficial collaborative platform of collective brainstorming on various aspects of health sector and quality service delivery”. Appreciating the collaborative approach of Centre and States in the fight against COVID19, she complimented the states on reaching the landmark milestone of 190 Cr vaccine doses. “We are committed to make India a ‘Vishwa Guru’ in the health sector”, she stated.

Dr. V.K. Paul stated that “this (Chintan Shivir) will pave the way for developing a blueprint of India’s future health ecosystem”. He thanked the health teams of Centre and States for organizing the Chintan Shivir.

On the third day of the 'Swasthya Chintan Shivir’, 14th Conference of CCHFW, thematic sessions on best practices of States, India's public health response & learnings from the Covid-19, preparing India for future health emergencies, Heal in India and Heal by India, and road map for a healthy India were organized. In order to provide a platform to learn from the experiences of each state, best practices on Health management from various states were shared by the state Health ministers and State representatives. In addition to this, discussions and deliberations on various issues of health and wellness were undertaken. The centre and states reaffirmed their commitment for achieving the pious objective of accessible, affordable and equitable health care for all.

State Health Ministers expressed their happiness on the way the conference was organized in the last three days and thanked the Union Health Minister for conceptualizing and organizing the conference which provided a great learning experience for all.

The objective of the three-day conference is to provide a platform to centre and states to discuss, deliberate and recommend on the future roadmap of the health ecosystem in the country in addition to reviewing the implementation of various Central and State government schemes of health sector.



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Friday, April 1, 2022

Water training exercises

Army ROTC cadets participate in the training

USA Army: 1st April 2022: (Health and Fitness Screen)::

Health and Fitness are most urgently required in every sphere of the life. Army life and its discipline gives it top proirty. Army ROTC cadets participate in water training exercises in Boise, Idaho, March 31, 2022. This Photo was clicked by Thomas Alvarez

Friday, December 3, 2021

One-day live workshop on Advanced GI endoscopy

Friday 3rd December 2021 at 03:53 PM

Technician Training program was also special

3rd Decxember 2021: (Kartika Singh//Health and Fitness Screen)::

Health related activties rising in Ludhiana. A workshop on Advanced Gi Endoscopy had taken place today. With increament in work from home culture during covid pandemic, large number of bodily diseases have risen. Uneven work-life balance is getting on nervs. Still, many doctors & medical institutes are working continuously for the health benefit of society, Many training programs and workshops have started. AGI is also contributing towards health welfare goals through their programs.  

Advanced Gastroenterology Institute (AGI)-The GASTROCITI, Ludhiana conducted a one-day live workshop on Advanced GI endoscopy and Technician Training program.

This workshop was attended by eminent practising Gastroenterologists from all across Punjab, Himachal  Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Different opinions were also shared. Speakers of AGI were explaining every detail very efficiently and answering queries very quietly. 

The event AGI-LIVE 2021 included live demonstration of advanced GI endoscopy procedures and video talks cum panel discussions on techniques and controversies in basic and advanced new procedures. Live sessions included cases of POEM for Achalasia Cardia, Spyglass cholangioscopy for large complex CBD stone, EUS-guided drainage of pseudocyst using new innovation of Lumen apposing metal stent (HOT AXIOS), EUS guided variceal coil embolization for large bleeding gastric varices and EUS guided tissue acquisition from lymph nodes and pancreas. The highlight of the event was performance of a new technique for the first time in Punjab called Endobiliary RFA  (RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION) for a bile duct tumor. In short, this unique workshop ensured comprehensive illustration of advanced and novel endoscopic techniques to  the GI fraternity across the region and was widely appreciated by all. 

Advanced Endoscopy Workshop Conducted at AGI

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

‘World Physiotherapy Day’//Importance of being physically active

8th September 2021 at 4:12 PM

DMC is well equipped with all modern facilities

: 8th September 2021: (Health & Fitness Screen Bureau)::

8th September is observed as ‘World Physiotherapy Day’. Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  at  DMCH provides a comprehensive range of Physiotherapy services and is well equipped with all modern facilities including unweighing system, laser therapy ,cryo unit and  combination therapy., says Dr Avkash Teotia (Incharge, Physiotherapy Deptt. DMCH).

According to Dr Alka Kaul, Chief Physiotherapist, role of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation has increased manifold in present times due to long sedentary hours and bad postural style. Besides middle aged and old patients, there are many young patients and even adolescents who come for physiotherapy treatment due to pain related issues. It is also seen that many youngsters, who start going to gymnasium, also suffer gym injury when they overdo exercise over there. DMCH Cancer Care Centre has a specialized Physiotherapy Department, which has all the required machines needed for physiotherapy and rehabilitation of cancer affected patients or recovering from disease .       

Dr Shweta Mahajan says Physical therapy deals with patients of various age groups. It also aims at correction of posture and movement disorders to improve the physique and quality of life. Physiotherapists who work in primary healthcare facilities will likely play a part in the management of patients admitted to hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Physical health forms a major part of our life. Being physically active, maintaining nutritional balance, good rest and sound sleep are a few components of physical health. Giving importance to physical health will reap benefits at all ages of your life. Good physical health can contribute to leading a successful life. Physical activity or exercise will reduce risks of long term diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory diseases. It will have long term health benefits too. Inactivity is on a rise due to sedentary lifestyle, technological advances in gadgets, etc.

Physiotherapists work in the wards, looking after patients admitted in the hospital, as well as run outpatient clinics. The department has pioneered a number of significant physiotherapy services such as intensive respiratory care, pulmonary rehabilitation, ergonomics consultation, lymphedema therapy, Orthopaedic conditions and musculoskeletal injuries, and provides the most comprehensive burns and wound care ma Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Regular Cycling helps in achieving health benefits

 Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine 

Ludhiana: 3rd June 2021 (Kartika Singh//Health and Fitness)::

Regular Cycling Pexels Photo by Dorothy Castillo
On ‘World Cycling Day’ being observed today, doctors in DMCH and Hero DMC Heart Institute laid stress that regular CYCLING helps in achieving health benefits, which is very much relevant these days due to COVID crisis.

Dr Bishav Mohan, Medical Supdt. HDHI  says that Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Riding a bike is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages. Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, park, school or work.

Dr Ashish Ahuja (Professor of Surgery & Bariatric Surgeon at DMCH) says that ‘CYCLING’ is very beneficial for improving overall health and building good immunity, which is very much essential to fight attack of COVID-19 infection. Dr Ashish Ahuja is a regular cycling peddler and has also participated in several cycling tournaments. His morning routine daily begins with 20 kms of cycling. But as the conditions are not appropriate these days for cycling outdoor in group, so he prefers to peddle cycle alone and that too during relaxation hours.

In their messages, Dr Bishav Mohan and Dr Ashish  Ahuja says that ever since COVID pandemic has struck the nation, there are many people especially youngsters who have taken CYCLING as their hobby and passion to keep themselves fit and healthy.

The physical activity of doing regular ‘Cycling’ contributes to many health benefits including increasing of blood circulation level, optimal pumping of heart, burning out calories and making the legs and thighs stronger. This activity of CYCLING is also very much beneficial for people suffering from diabetes and other co morbidities.

So, keep yourself paddling to remain fit and healthy, advises Dr Bishav Mohan and Dr Ashish Ahuja. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ageism is a global challenge: UN

17th March 2021 at 10:35 PM

Ageism leads to poorer health, social isolation, earlier deaths and cost economies billions: report calls for swift action to implement effective anti-ageism strategies

18 March 2021//News release

Geneva, Switzerland//Reading time: 6 min (1548 words)

Every second person in the world is believed to hold ageist attitudes – leading to poorer physical and mental health and reduced quality of life for older persons, costing societies billions of dollars each year, according to a new United Nations report on ageism.

The report released today by WHO, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), calls for urgent action to combat ageism and better measurement and reporting to expose ageism for what it is – an insidious scourge on society.

The response to control the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled just how widespread ageism is – older and younger people have been stereotyped in public discourse and on social media. In some contexts, age has been used as the sole criterion for access to medical care, lifesaving therapies and for physical isolation.

“As countries seek to recover and rebuild from the pandemic, we cannot let age-based stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination limit opportunities to secure the health, well-being and dignity of people everywhere,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This report outlines the nature and scale of the problem but also offers solutions in the form of evidence-based interventions to end ageism at all stages.”

Findings from the report

Ageism seeps into many institutions and sectors of society including those providing health and social care, in the workplace, media and the legal system. Healthcare rationing based solely on age is widespread.  A systematic review in 2020 showed that in 85 per cent of 149 studies, age determined who received certain medical procedures or treatments.

Both older and younger adults are often disadvantaged in the workplace and access to specialized training and education decline significantly with age. Ageism against younger people manifests across many areas such as employment, health, housing and politics where younger people’s voices are often denied or dismissed. 

“Ageism towards younger and older people is prevalent, unrecognized, unchallenged and has far-reaching consequences for our economies and societies,” said Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “Together, we can prevent this. Join the movement and combat ageism.” 

Ageism has serious and wide-ranging consequences for people’s health and well-being. Among older people, ageism is associated with poorer physical and mental health, increased social isolation and loneliness, greater financial insecurity, decreased quality of life and premature death. An estimated 6.3 million cases of depression globally are estimated to be attributable to ageism.  It intersects and exacerbates other forms of bias and disadvantage including those related to sex, race and disability leading to a negative impact on people’s health and well-being.

“The pandemic has put into stark relief the vulnerabilities of older people, especially those most marginalized, who often face overlapping discrimination and barriers – because they are poor, live with disabilities, are women living alone, or belong to minority groups,” said Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund. “Let’s make this crisis a turning point in the way we see, treat and respond to older people, so that together we can build the world of health, well-being and dignity for all ages that we all want."

Ageism costs our societies billions of dollars. In the United States of America (USA), a 2020 study showed ageism in the form of negative age stereotypes and self-perceptions led to excess annual costs of US$63 billion for the eight most expensive health conditions. This amounts to US$1 in every US$7 spent on these conditions for all Americans over the age of 60 for one year (see note to editors).

Estimates in Australia suggest that if 5 per cent more people aged 55 or older were employed, there would be a positive impact of AUD$48 billion on the national economy annually. There are currently limited data and information on the economic costs of ageism and more research is needed to better understand its economic impact, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

“Ageism harms everyone – old and young. But often, it is so widespread and accepted – in our attitudes and in policies, laws and institutions – that we do not even recognize its detrimental effect on our dignity and rights said Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “We need to fight ageism head-on, as a deep-rooted human rights violation.”

Combatting ageism

The report notes that policies and laws that address ageism, educational activities that enhance empathy and dispel misconceptions, and intergenerational activities that reduce prejudice all help decrease ageism.

All countries and stakeholders are encouraged to use evidence-based strategies, improve data collection and research and work together to build a movement to change how we think, feel and act towards age and ageing, and to advance progress on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Combat Yoga for complete fitness

 Yoga improves overall mental wellness 

: 1st March 2021: (USA Defense//Health and Fitness Screen)::

Yoga is becoming popular every day even in foreign too. USA department of defense aranges spaecial sessions for yoga classes. Photographs from  these sessions have been issued even to media. As an Indian we should feel proud that Yoga is becoming popular. Attached photo is showing the American army persons doing Yoga Practice. In this image you may see that  Soldiers are participating in a combat mobility yoga session at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 23, 2021, to improve overall mental wellness and increase core strength and mobility. Photo was clicked By Army Sgt. Casey Hustin.