Mangaluru, Sep 29: On the occasion of World Heart Day, the KMC Hospital here conducted a variety of educational and activity-based events during the month of September.
The month-long campaign was aimed at creating awareness among the public on the causes, symptoms, health risks and other factors related to heart diseases, and to educate the public on the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest and the right way to tackle both situations.
One of the activities was a competition on “Healthy heart awareness” conducted at 22 schools in city. Around 13,700 children from kindergarten to PUC actively participated in the drawing competition organized by KMC Hospital at the school premises. Winners were declared in every classroom, and prizes were distributed. Booklets with information on Healthy Heart habits, ailments like hypertension/cholesterol/stress/cardiac arrest, dietary habits, etc. were given to all children.
The principals and teachers of the institutions acknowledged the importance of early teaching of healthy living for a healthy heart. The kindergarten children were given pre-printed sheets of healthy habits for colouring, while the older class children used their imagination to depict the ways to foster a healthy heart.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) experts conducted workshops for the Teachers and staff members of various schools and colleges. Named “Teach the Teacher”, these workshops taught them how to save lives with the help of CPR. The teachers also participated in collage-making and slogan-writing competition. Parents of the children participated through a slogan-writing competition.
This event was guided by Dr Padmanabha Kamath, HoD, Cardiology, Dr Narasimha Pai, interventional cardiologist, Dr MN Bhat, interventional cardiologist, Dr Rajesh Bhat, interventional cardiologist, Dr Maneesh Rai, cardiac electro physiologist, Dr Harish Raghavan, cardio thoracic surgeon and Dr Madhava Kamath, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, KMC Hospital.
Dr Padmanabha Kamath said, “We reached out to the community through schools, colleges, mall, industries, apartments in the city and conducted CPR training, awareness talks on cardiac arrest, heart health, slogan-writing competition and interactive games. Quizzes around Heart Healthiness were also conducted. We also conducted CPR training for Rotary Club members, ambulance drivers, corporates, teachers & voluntary associations across Mangaluru, Uttara Kannada and Kasargod districts. Mangaluru is a home to large, medium and small-scale companies. Therefore, heart health awareness/check-ups of employees was conducted at organisations like Big Bags International, and Adani Power Ltd. The activity is in the pipeline at Patanjali Foods Ltd, Anagha Industries & Primacy Industries.”
The finale of the activities was celebrated at Marena Sports Complex by conducting cold cookery/healthy heart diet competition for the public, placard and slogan competition for corporates, health awareness talk on stress management, followed by a CPR training session. A health check-up package was rolled out at Rs 499 only, consisting of HB, Fasting Blood Sugar, Lipid Profile, Serum Creatinine, and ECG.
Saghir Siddiqui, regional chief operating officer said, “Keeping in mind the health of the people who are not able to visit the hospital during morning hours, we have now extended the Cardiac OP services by Dr Rajesh Bhat to our Evening Clinic which is operational from 5 PM to 7 PM.”
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