Annual HCFI Awards 2017
The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading National NGO committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation, organized the annual HCFI Awards 2017 on 9th November 2017. These awards are given to eminent personalities for their selfless contribution in promoting healthcare in the country. The award ceremony was followed by a felicitation of the schools that participated in the recently concluded Perfect Health Mela 2017.
The event also featured the launch of a video on the HCFI – ONGC Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. ONGC has taken its Swacch Bharat Abhiyan to many parts of the country already. The public health awareness video prepared in collaboration with HCFI highlighted the intrinsic relationship between a clean environment and a healthy nation. Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, National President IMA and President HCFI chaired the event in the presence of other distinguished guests. Those present were also trained in the life-saving technique of hands-only CPR 10 and first aid.
Addressing the event , Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), said, “It was heartening to see the immense participation by schools at the Perfect Health Mela this year. We are happy to felicitate them for doing their bit towards healthcare and ensuring that they participate in the larger good of the community by creating awareness. I congratulate those who are receiving the awards today for their outstanding and selfless contribution to healthcare in the country. These awards will set an example for others in the field to work better and ensure that they create relevant awareness through their activities. Each one of us has a responsibility towards the environment, which will further translate into good health. Every citizen of the country must be ‘health aware’ and make efforts to be disease free and promote best practices. Preventive measures towards health must start right at a young age.”
More than 20 schools participated this year in various competitions and events in the Perfect Health Mela. This is a one-of-its-kind event organized by the HCFI every year to create awareness on health through competitions, campaigns, health check camps, and workshops. IMA is the knowledge partner for this event.
Accepting the HCFI awards for their contribution, Shri Rajesh Mittal and Ms Kamaleshwari, said, “We are very happy to receive this award today. However, we are happier to see a body like HCFI recognizing our contribution to healthcare. This award is not only an encouragement for us to work more in this direction but will also serve as an example for many others to follow suit and work towards improving healthcare outcomes in the country, in their own way.”
The workshop on first aid and hands-only CPR 10 aimed at educating people on the need to be aware of these basic techniques. First aid is a priority at any cost. By learning the technique of CPR 10, one can revive victims of sudden death within 10 minutes. Sudden death may include heart attack, electrocution deaths, hypothermia deaths, deaths due to choking, drowning deaths and other deaths, which occur suddenly without notice. Dr Aggarwal added that it is unfortunate that in our country, medical personnel cannot reach the victim early. It is, therefore, imperative for every citizen of the country to be trained in basic first aid including cardiac first aid to victims.
Giving the vote of thanks, Dr RN Tandon – Honorary Secretary General IMA, said, “The IMA has always supported any effort aimed at ensuring universal access to healthcare and creating awareness on health issues. This event is no different and I congratulate all the winners. I also thank all those present here for having attended the event and helping us take the agenda of ensuring health for all, a step further.”