New Delhi: Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu has called upon people to cultivate one hobby or sport or yoga to stay healthy and fit, saying that a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet coupled with lack of physical activity are causing non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other heart related ailments.
Addressing an event on 7 December organized by Hrudaya Cure A Little Heart Foundation in Hyderabad to celebrate the completion of 5,000 heart surgeries of underprivileged children, Naidu expressed concern that India accounted for nearly 40% of the world’s heart failure patients and that more than a quarter of all deaths were caused by heart ailments in India.
The VP urged all doctors and health care professionals to give primacy to educating people about changing their sedentary lifestyles and encourage people to take up physical activities such as jogging, cycling, and others to reduce the probability of heart diseases.
Naidu also stressed the need to revert to traditional foods that were best suited to our bodily and climatic needs, saying “By keeping away from Mother Nature, people were harming bodies and health,” and adding that “loving nature, living with nature is for a better future.”
Observing that there is an urgent need to think holistically about the health and well being of the population, the Naidu called upon everyone to actively participate in the ‘Fit India’ movement launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He stressed the need to popularise the movement in hospitals, schools, society, and community and convert it into a people’s movement.
Talking about the need to create affordable medical facilities to tackle non-communicable and other diseases, the Vice President said that Ayushman Bharat launched by the Government is playing an important role in the nation’s well being by helping the citizens avail treatment for various ailments which was earlier out of their reach due to high costs.
VP Naidu lauded the Government for establishing over five thousand Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras (PMBJPK), functional across the country to provide medicines at affordable prices, and urged doctors and people in the medical fraternity to prescribe and promote cheap generic drugs.