This World Health Day, the Indian Medical Association commits to making food safety a priority within its Swachh Bharat Swasth Bharat program.
New Delhi, April 6, 2015: Announces day long 'World Health Day 2015 Celebrations' in association with the Heart Care Foundation of India, Delhi Medical Association and NDMC
The current budget of Shri Narendra Modi's Government if managed effictively can take care of lakhs of people dying from food and water borne illnesses. It is estimated that over three lakh children in India alone die before the age of 3 due to diarrheal illnesses every year. Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the upcoming World Health Day, Padma Shri Awardee and Honorary Secretary General of the Indian Medical Association, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr KK Aggarwal said, "We at Indian Medical Association would like to invite all the ministries to join hands with us to make India a country free of diarrhoeal deaths. In our endevor to raise awareness about food safety and prevent food and water bourne illness we will be organizing a day long awareness program tomorrow at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium from 8am to 5pm. This is being organized in association with the Heart Care Foundation of India, Delhi Medical Association and NDMC with special support from Indian Oil and the Lions Club".
The activities of the World Health Day celebrations on April 7th, 2015 will include a Perfect Health Parade, CPR training camp, panel discussion open to the public consisting of leading influencers and doctors including pediatrician Dr Anupam Sachdeva, dietician Dr Shikha Sharma, renowned dancers Nalini and Kamilini, surgeon Dr RN Tandon amongst others.
Gobally there are estimated 58 crore cases of 22 different food borne enteric diseases and 351000 associated deaths. The enteric disease agents responsible for most deaths are Salmonella Typhi (52,000 deaths), enteropathogenic E. coli (37,000) and norovirus (35,000). Over 40% people suffering from enteric diseases caused by contaminated food are children aged under 5 years.
Addressing the cause, Padma Shri Awardee and President of the Indian Medical Association - Dr Marthanda Pillai said, "Indian Medical Association will write to health ministry; commerce ministry, consumer ministry and agriculture ministry, to join hands with IMA to get rid of diarrheal deaths in the country”.
Adding to this Dr KK Aggarwal said, “At present the government has earmarked a budget worth 33,152 crores for health. A separate budget for the Swachh Bharat campaign with six crore toilets will bring hygiene and cleanliness; 6 crore new houses with a toilet each under Amrut Mahotsav (75th year of independence), 68968 crores for education and mid-day meals; 5,300 crores for micro-irrigation, service tax exemption in cold storage services and transportation of food stuff by rail/road; and thousands of crores for agriculture ministry if properly utilized can make India a country free of food and water borne diseases.”
Sharing his views Dr. Ajay Lekhi, President, Delhi Medical Association and Dr. P.K. Sharma, MOH, New Delhi Municipal Council in a joint statement said, “The way to good health is through proper education of the masses. For example, people should know that cut open fruits and vegetables are banned and one should not eat them. Through various public health activities we hope that the message of food safety would reach to one and all and they would be better equipped to deal with each and every aspect of it. We are proud to be associated with this noble initiative of Heart Care Foundation of India and Indian Medical Association.”
The following facts on food safety were released by IMA on the occasion: