Archive for ‘Health’

May 14, 2018

2000+ Patients Turned Out in PCF Health Camps within 3 Months

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
health camp 1Inculcating this thought, The Ponty Chadha Foundation, a CSR initiative by The Wave Group is continuously working towards the betterment of the underprivileged sections of the society. In its series of social welfare drives, PCF regularly organises preventive health check camps in various villages and construction labour settlements of WAVE City and Sun City in Ghaziabad. More than 15 health camps were held during the first 3 months of 2018, in remote villages like Usman Garhi, Bamheta, Chhidoli, Bhor Garhi, Duajan, Kazipura, and various construction sites where majority of the people are deprived of even the basic medical facilities.

With the underlying objectives of providing primary curative healthcare services, creating general healthcare awareness and counselling women on reproductive and child health practices, these health camps have diagnosed and treated thousands of patients with an average of 150+ patients per camp.

health camp 2Out of the total patients treated at the camp, more than 50% were women, around 15% men and 30% children. These health camps were set up in schools, temples and other common areas of the villages.

To make sure that all the patients get first-class consultation and holistic healthcare, a team of doctors from the Indo German Hospital were appointed for these camps. Apart from the specialists, the staff also included paramedics and medical dispensing staff. The primary responsibility of the staff was to assist the doctors while performing the initial tests on the patients for hypertension, diabetes, checking pulse rate, blood pressure, weight, etc. These health check camps threw light on some common medical conditions diagnosed across the villages. These conditions included joint pain, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory system disorders, UTI, anaemia, and haemoglobin deficiency. All these patients diagnosed with various health conditions were provided with free consultations, followed by free medication.

health camp 3PCF has been extending much-needed compassion, care and basic privileges to the lesser privileged sections of the society for years. Healthcare is one of the key areas that needs a direct focus from the government as well as corporate India, if we want to uplift our nation. With these health check camps, The Ponty Chadha Foundation is doing its part in contributing to the society, and in doing so, it inspires other successful brands to do the same. It’s time we all come forward and reach out to the people who can’t get the basic amenities on their own. Because we believe that a nation is as progressive and prosperous as its citizens.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/2000-patients-turned-out-in-pcf-health-camps-within-3-months/

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April 12, 2018

World Health Day – Moving Towards a Healthier and Happier World

world health dayUniversal healthcare is not an issue, it is the ONLY issue, that needs the most attention! WHO understood this fact way back in 1948 when they held the First World Health Assembly. It was this assembly, when 7th April of each year was celebrated as World Health Day. Every year, WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the day related to a particular theme, which is put forward to address the current issues and concerns related to world health. This year’s theme is Universal Health Coverage, which encourages various countries and organisations to make healthcare and basic facilities accessible to everyone, regardless of how rich or poor they may be.
Ponty Chadha Foundation’s ideology resonates with the theme of this year’s World Health Day and it is diligently doing its part in achieving universal health coverage for all. It organises various free health check-up camps for underprivileged people and distributes free medicine. While organisations like WHO and Ponty Chadha Foundation are doing their part for the greater purpose of universal healthcare, it can only be attained with an active participation from everyone.

Here’s how you can help in realising the dream of universal healthcare coverage:

1. Become an aware and responsible citizen
As a responsible citizen, you must be aware of everything your policymakers are up to, especially when it comes to health-related laws and policies. Communicate your needs, opinions, and expectations to local policy-makers, politicians, ministers and other people representatives.

2. Connect with local NGOs/NPOs, SHG, etc. working for the cause
The world is full of people and organisations who are working towards finding a solution for bigger health related issues. All you need to do, is make a little effort in finding and connecting with them. Help them in their efforts and make all the right noise to ensure that your community health is taken into account and addressed.

3. Volunteer
Universal healthcare inclusion is too important a job to be left only for the government. We all must do our part to make this possible. As an individual contributor, you can volunteer at a local health check camp, organise a blood donation camp or even donate a small proportion of your earning to the people who are working towards the same.

4. Engage & encourage others
Engage your neighbours, friends and community members by organising activities like discussion forums, school lectures, debates, marches, concerts, etc. to provide people with an opportunity to make their concerns heard by their chosen representatives. You can also use various social media channels and engage with likeminded people.
Universal healthcare coverage is a mission which ensures that all people get quality health services without any financial hardships. This mission can never be fulfilled until and unless we all understand and bear our responsibility towards the under-privileged sections of society. This World Health Day, let us all take a sincere pledge to do everything in our capacity to make sure that no human remains unhealed, and no soul remains unloved.

Source: Ponty Chadha Website

November 8, 2017

World Cerebral Palsy Day – One Step At A Time In The Right Direction

In case you haven’t heard of the term before, cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by a brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral palsy, or what is commonly referred to as CP, affects body movement and muscle coordination. Treatment for cerebral palsy depends on the patient, and the degree to which it affects him or her. The earlier it gets detected, the better chances one has for improvement.

Each year, October 6th is recognised as World Cerebral Palsy Day. Apart from creating awareness, it is an opportunity for one to celebrate and express pride in the many milestones people with cerebral palsy have achieved, despite their limitations. In addition to this, it is an opportunity for communities across the world to create a strong voice for cerebral palsy patients, which in turn, motivates them to go out and change the world for the better.

As an initiative to create a support group, MBCN recently held a #CerebralPalsyDay interaction session with parents of those affected. It was an open forum where they shared their challenges and feelings. Busting certain myths around CP and addressing pivotal issues, was the crux of this session. The parents were extremely happy with this session, and requested for similar sessions in the future as well. Here are some pictures for you to see:

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Cerebral palsy is a condition that needs to be treated with utmost care and concern. There are 17 million people across the world who live with cerebral palsy, and 35 million are closely connected with either a child or an adult who suffers from this condition. While apathy is necessary, educating the masses and creating a bridge of open communication is just as important.

August 8, 2017

Prevent Hepatitis Get Tested, Seek Treatment

Observed on July 28, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise global awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis, the diseases that it causes, besides honoring Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who identified Hepatitis B Virus and went onto develop its diagnostic test and vaccine.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of the greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause, and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

Viral hepatitis is a global health problem, and is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – comparable to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Together, hepatitis B and C virus cause 80% of the liver cancer cases in the world.

It is not found in one location or amongst one set of people; it can affect millions of people without them even being aware. Currently, only 11% of people living with viral hepatitis are aware of their status.

With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable. However, the greater awareness of the disease and risks is a must, along with proper access to cheaper diagnostics and treatment. Here’s an info graphic to help you understand and prevent Hepatitis:

Prevent Hepatitis - Know the Facts

Prevent Hepatitis - Blood & Injection Safety

Prevent Hepatitis - Harm Reduction

Prevent Hepatitis - Vaccination

Source: Prevent Hepatitis Get Tested, Seek Treatment

July 19, 2017

Ponty Chadha Foundation Health Camp in Duriya & Kachera

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

This quote from Jim Rohn is just a simple set of words, but carries a very complex and deep meaning. Amidst the hustle & bustle of our lives, we forget to take care of our health and body, which later harms us in different ways. The situation however is worse with the underprivileged, who have to work tirelessly for long hours to feed their families. This ultimately takes a toll on their health, and leads to diseases and complications, which if not checked in time, leads to irreparable damage.

In order to make the lives of the rurals a bit easier, The Ponty Chadha Foundation organizes health camps that provide health services for free.

In the month of June and July, we visited 2 villages; Duryai and Kachera, which are located in the Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Soon after our arrival, the women, children and the elderly formed a line outside the clinic we had set up. A total of 242 hopeful villagers came to discuss their health issues, and each patient was screened by the specialists from Dr Ram Saran Garg Indo German Hospital.

From anemia, to maternal health, the doctors patiently listened to every health problem faced by the villagers and prescribed them with the suitable medications. Our team was swift in providing the villagers with the required medicine, and ensured that everyone was well taken care of.

People in the rural areas are often excluded from attaining health services due to various reasons, but the common one out of all is that of inadequate finances. Therefore, the Ponty Chadha Foundation has set up this mission to provide quality health services to the poor.
As an organization, our sole aim is to provide ample access to the essential medical services, which can help improve the life of those in need.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/pcf-health-camp-in-duriya-kachera/

June 21, 2017

Yoga- Restore. Rebalance. Rejuvenate

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is just around the corner, and the enthusiasm around the globe is already visible. The fact that 72 students and teachers from the City Montessori School of Lucknow will be performing exercises at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world.

Our lifestyle is such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue and alleviates stress, both physical and mental. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact. Yoga is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Solutions of many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have been found in Yoga.

The great thing about yoga is that there are very few limitations. While colorful yoga pants, support blocks, and fancy mats are nice, you don’t necessarily need any of that to get started. Instead, a basic yoga routine which comprises of beginner poses will help your body and mood change for the better in no time.

There are a lot of health benefits one can expect from yoga. Some of those are:

1) Better Flexibility: Yoga helps in loosening the body, and in increasing flexibility.

2) Better Posture: Bad posture has been linked to backaches, neck pain, joint problems, and muscle fatigue. Yoga is one of the best ways to fix poor posture as each pose helps lengthen the spine, and gives a steady, balanced posture.

3) Increases Strength: Yoga naturally helps in strengthening the muscles & joints, and prevents injuries.

4) Better Sleep: A good way to relax the nervous system, yoga minimizes stress and improves the quality of sleep.

5) Boosts Metabolism & Immunity: Yoga naturally boosts the metabolism which assists in weight loss. Yoga also stimulates the four main physiological systems; circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine, which is directly connected to the immune system.

June 21, 2017

Health Camp: Mehrauli Village, Ghaziabad

Health Camp Mehrauli

Health Camp Mehrauli

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Mahatma Gandhi

Great pearls of wisdom by Gandhi ji inspire us all; but do we always live up to them?

Not everyone can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. With the aim to provide better health services to the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation serves the underprivileged rural areas of Uttar Pradesh by organizing free health camps every month.

On 7th June, 2017, we organized the free health camp in Mehrauli, Ghaziabad.
From its total population of around 3600, 154 people attended the camp, which comprised of 53 minors, 30 adults and 71 women. The health camp proved to be a success and we appreciate the efforts of the specialists from Dr. Ram Saran Garg (Indo-German) Hospital, who identified gynaecological problems, skin issues, anaemia and ear-specific problems as the major health concerns in the village.

Health is a very important concern, which is majorly neglected in rural areas.
Financial or social barriers prevent people from reaching out to seek help at the right time, and the Ponty Chadha Foundation strives to break those very barriers by working to support and provide the best healthcare to the rurals.

We do our best to take our services to the masses, and our focus is to first reach the most disadvantaged sections of the society. At the health camp, we educate the rurals about maintaining sanitation, taking care of proper hygiene, cleanliness and other major issues that will help them live a healthier, happier and a more productive life.

Improving access to health services brings a range of benefits beyond good health, as it helps combat poverty and provides a better world for all.

– See more at: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/health-camp-mehrauli-village-ghaziabad/

June 8, 2011

Top 10 Foods to Reduce Belly Fat

(source: in.lifestyle.yahoo.com)

Obese people find it the hardest to deal with the fat stored in and around the abdomen and the waist.

Obesity

Not only does belly fat make your abdomen bulge out, it also poses grave risk to of diseases like hypertension, diabetes and stroke. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), men who have a waist more than 40 inches have heightened risk of heart diseases and diabetes.

The most common reasons for the accumulation of fat in the tummy are hormonal imbalance, excessive eating, intake of large quantities of alcohol, sweets and chocolates and lack of exercise. Stress is also one of the prominent reasons for the storage of fat in the belly. Stress triggers the secretion of a hormone called cortisol. Excess of cortisol stimulates the storage of fat around the waist. Then there’s another factor of improper digestion. Due to malfunctioned digestion gastro problems arise and this leads to a persistently puffy belly. As we add years, our efficiency of burning calories goes down, so sluggish metabolism also sets off the buildup of fat around the midsection.

If belly fat is one of your problems and you still thrive on a typical diet full of oily, starchy foods and carbs, it’s time for you to treat this article as a wake-up call. You would need to change your diet drastically. First of all, you should avoid eating two to three hours before bedtime to control the belly fat. At the same time, incorporate foods which can help you overcome the problem.

Here’s some information on foods which you should consume if you have a bloated belly.

Eggs: They provide good quality protein which in turn helps overcome hunger pangs. Eggs

Beans: Beans like black gram (chana), green gram (chana), chick peas and green moong bustle with fibre and proteins. They help you shed pounds and improve muscle tone.

Beans

Oat Meal: Befriend the good ol’ oats if you’re battling belly fat. Start your day with oats cooked in water or consume them with milk. They’re high in soluble fibre and low in fat.

Oat Meal

Vegetables: Green vegetables are rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Consuming vegetables for dinner without chapatis and/or rice is helpful in shrinking the waist size. What’s more, most green veggies have only 30-60 calories per 100 grams.

Vegetables

Barley: Barley has a considerably low glycemic index and contains lots of soluble fibre. This helps in diminishing the circumference of the waist. Regular consumption cuts down the risk of cardiac diseases and type II diabetes. Barley

Green Tea: Polyphenols present in the tea help boost metabolism. Green tea is less processed and contains higher levels of anti-oxidants. It greatly suppresses the appetite.

Green Tea

Milk: When we say milk, we’re not recommending full-cream milk. In fact, make sure you stay away from that. Go for non-fat milk which has the same amount of calcium and protein as full-cream milk but contains less sodium and helps prevent water retention. This reduces bloating.

Milk

Yogurt or Curd: It’s oozing with calcium and protein and has very less calories (80 calories in a cup of low-fat yogurt).The beneficial bacteria present in yogurt boost immunity and aid bowel movement.

Yogurt or Curd

Tomatoes: The luscious red tomatoes contain only 20 calories per hundred gram. They are rich in fibres, lycopene and potassium. They avert water retention, thereby also preventing bloating of the belly.

Tomatoes

Olive Oil: People realise that veggies are good for health but many find their taste boring. Add a small quantity of olive oil. This will improve the flavour of vegetables and make them tastier. But its real benefit is that it can help you lose the hateful flab around your belly.

Olive Oil