‘My Heart, Your Heart’: World Heart Day meets Daan Utsav 20182 min read
MANIPAL: Mass yoga and Hands-on Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training were conducted on October 2 at Ajjarkad Grounds, Udupi, by Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Kasturba Hospital, Volunteer Services Organization (VSO), Division of Yoga, Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR), Sports Council, MAHE Rotary Manipal Hills, and Lions Club International, in association with District Health and Family Welfare Department, Udupi. The programs were a celebration of World Heart Day and Daan Utsav under the theme of ‘My heart, Your heart’.
Volunteers and the public actively participated in the mass yoga event held by the Division of Yoga, CIMR. It included meditation, Suryanamaskar, Pranayama, and numerous asanas to maintain a healthy body, clear mind, and peaceful spirit.
“Unlike popular misconception, yoga is the opposite of exercise. Yoga is static; Exercise is dynamic,” stated Govardhan Reddy from Division of Yoga, CIMR, who guided the participants through the session with valuable insights on the art form. He also said, “According to the religious text of Patanjali, upcoming sorrows in the form of diseases can be prevented through yoga,” which was scientifically seconded by Dr. Dinesh Nayak, Professor of Paediatrics, Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC).
The following part of the day consisted of sessions on CPR and creating awareness about saving lives, first aid and healthy living. Various groups attended in large numbers from the Interact Club, Sharda Residential School, Udupi, and the like. It was also open to the general public.
Each session had an introduction given by Prithvishree Ravindra, member of the Organising Committee, followed by a 15 minute practical demonstration of the technique on dummy models, by the participants assisted by MAHE volunteers. The activity was made more informative via videos made by the audio-visual team of MAHE which focused on CPR technique, case-based usage of the same and the CPR challenge, adopted by the Institution.
In one of the videos, Dr. Poornima Baliga, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), mentioned, “In KMC, First Aid and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) are mandatory part of the curriculum for the first years. This will enable them to save more lives in urgent and dire situations.” The program succeeded in clearing the wrong notion that heart attack is not the same as cardiac arrest, crowd should be avoided around a collapsed patient and many more.
The day dedicated to leading a heart-healthy life was inaugurated by Dr. HS Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, MAHE, and Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner of Udupi district.
Featured Image Courtesy: Baisil Kunjumon
Edited by: Niharika Nambiar