Union Health Secretary Leads Webinar on World Heart Day
In a dedicated effort to promote heart health in India, Union Health Secretary Shri Sudhansh Pant took the lead in a webinar organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on World Heart Day. The primary goal of the webinar was to accelerate the movement for healthier hearts across the nation.
Shri Sudhansh Pant Urges Doctors for Lifestyle Modifications
At the outset of the webinar, Shri Sudhansh Pant emphasized the need to expand the services of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases. He urged medical professionals to pay closer attention to patients visiting health facilities and encouraged them to make lifestyle modifications to prevent heart diseases. Shifting the focus from curative to preventive and promotive health, he stressed the importance of disease prevention.
6,000 Medical Officers Join the Fight for Healthy Hearts
Over 6,000 medical officers from various health facilities participated in this significant webinar. These officers play a crucial role in healthcare delivery across the country. Their active involvement in the movement for healthy hearts can have a substantial impact on preventing heart diseases.
Emphasis on Prevention in the Battle Against Heart Diseases
During the webinar, key figures in the medical field discussed the importance of prevention and promotion in healthcare. Smt. L S Changsan, Additional Secretary and Mission Director of National Health Mission, outlined the vision of expanding services up to the sub-center level, now known as Health and Wellness Centers (HWC), which focus on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and health promotion through activities like Yoga.
Shri Vishal Chauhan, Joint Secretary, highlighted the success of the “India Hypertension Control Initiative,” which has received international recognition. This initiative, aimed at controlling hypertension, has expanded its reach to 300 districts across the country. Standard treatment protocols are being established to enhance the program’s effectiveness.
Dr. Balram Bharvaga, Head of the Department of Cardiology at AIIMS, emphasized the importance of screening for hypertension as a key step in controlling heart diseases. In India, one in four adults has high blood pressure, making early detection crucial in preventing heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failures.
The webinar on World Heart Day led by Union Health Secretary Shri Sudhansh Pant and attended by thousands of medical officers underscores the nation’s commitment to promoting healthy hearts and preventing heart diseases.