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National Heart Institute organises school health lectures

New Delhi: The National Heart Institute has started a novel initiative of school health lectures based on pilot experiences gained by Prof Shridhar Dwivedi at Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Jamia Hamdard in his previous stint there as Founder-Principal and Dean.

Prof S Dwivedi speaking on ‘Healthy Life Style’ at Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi, as part of Student Health Lecture on August 17, 2016.
Prof S Dwivedi speaking on ‘Healthy Life Style’ at Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi, as part of Student Health Lecture on August 17, 2016.

Under this initiative, senior teachers of the medical college and NHI consultants go to nearby schools and take interactive sessions on healthy lifestyle, heart attack, dengue fever, tuberculosis, personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene, and diabetes.

So far, interactive health lectures have been organised at Amity International School, Saket; Amity International School, Pushp Vihar; Central School, Tughlakabad; Hamdard Public School; Senior Secondary School (Girls), Pul Prahlad Pur; Ahlcon Public School, Mayur VIhar; and Sardar Patel School.

Students of Class 10th-11th listening to a talk on ‘Healthy Life Style’ at Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi on August 17, 2016.
Students of Class 10th-11th listening to a talk on ‘Healthy Life Style’ at Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi on August 17, 2016.

“There was much enthusiasm and eagerness among students to all about heart disease and diabetes,” said Prof Dwivedi. “Our mission is to cover the entire NCR (National Capital Region) under this scheme.”

The health lectures were delivered by Prof S Dwivedi, NHI; Brigadier (Dr) Y K Arora, NHI; Dr Adarsh Kumar, NHI; Dr P P Bose, NHI; Dr Azara, Dr Zakir Husain, Jamia Hamdard; Prof Rambha Pathak, Jamia Hamdard; Prof I B Sareen, Jamia Hamdard; and Dr Vinod Gujral, NHI.

Brigadier Dr Y K Arora speaking on ‘Heart Attack’ at Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi, as part of Student Health Lecture on August 17, 2016. Divya Bhatia, principal, Amity International School, Saket and Prof S Dwivedi, senior consultant cardiologist, National Heart Institute, New Delhi seen in the background.
Brigadier Dr Y K Arora speaking on ‘Heart Attack’ at Amity International School, Saket, New Delhi, as part of Student Health Lecture on August 17, 2016. Divya Bhatia, principal, Amity International School, Saket and Prof S Dwivedi, senior consultant cardiologist, National Heart Institute, New Delhi seen in the background.

Some of the common questions asked by the students were — Why heart attack is less frequent in women compared to men? How stress affects the heart? How does it produce heart attack? Why heart attack is increasing now in India? How it is that our forefathers used to eat so much of ghee and other fatty things but were not suffering so much from heart attack as compared to this time? What is silent heart attack? What is the role of genetics in heart diseases? How acidity is confused with heart attack? What after stent or CABG? How can you prevent heart attack to recur after these procedures? Can heart attack occur in young boy of 25? If yes, why? Can we prevent heart attack at the first instance? If so, how?

A book answering these questions and few other important health issues with a foreword by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is waiting to be released soon, according to Prof Dwivedi, senior consultant cardiologist, National Heart Institute, New Delhi.

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