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Health awareness camp held with focus on how to tackle lifestyle diseases

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Mumbai: Over a thousand Mumbaikars on Saturday participated in a health awareness camp organised by a city hospital following the rise in the number of lifestyle diseases and lack of awareness about it among them.

The awareness camp was organised following a recent study by the national capital’s prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences that found over 40 percent of adults living in cities suffering from several lifestyle diseases arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma and Type 2 diseases.

According to the health ministry, India is home to nearly 62 million diabetics – second only to China.

During the event, doctors from the Wockhardt Hospitals, the organisers, conducted several test and informed about the side effects of junk foods on which most of the city people rely.

Zahabiya Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Hospitals also expressed her concern about the health camp in her speech.

Due to change in life style, people do not realise what they are doing to their body. However, we have been conducting such health camps to keep a track on the rise in a number of life style diseases among people,

In a bid to Make the campaign successful, the hospital has joined hands with Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra on promoting healthy habits.

Health refers to a state of complete mental, physical, and social well-being, and not just in the absence of infirmity or diseases. Wockhardt Hospitals being a healthcare service provider is very active in supporting other health initiatives and spread the awareness to people to engage more in outdoor activities, eat healthy, live healthy, be fit,” said Khorakiwala. (IANS)

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Cabinet Approves Plan to Set-Up 20 AIIMS

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges.

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while briefing on the cabinet decisions.

“Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a historic decision,” said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.
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The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region… Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS,” said an official statement.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

The upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of super specialty blocks, trauma centres and others, according to the statement.

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The procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities will be done on sharing basis by both Central and state governments.

“PMSSY was started during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide quality healthcare in remote areas as it’s not right to put all the pressure on AIIMS in Delhi. There were talks of setting up six AIIMS. But what happened in the next 10 years is for all to see,” said Prasad. (IANS)

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