Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed a gathering at the Sixth Convocation Day of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in New Delhi. Vice President called for a nationwide campaign to create awareness to adopt healthy lifestyles should start from schools.
He opined that changing the diet, lifestyle could prevent liver diseases. He also wanted large scale studies and research on metabolic and liver diseases in the country and he tasked institutions like ILBS to take lead in defining the burden of lifestyle-related liver diseases in India.
Pointing that nearly 45 per cent of admissions at ILBS were due to alcoholic liver disease, Shri Naidu said that the society has to understand and minimize alcohol abuse to prevent alcoholic liver diseases. He called for a greater awareness of the negative effects of alcohol consumption.
Stressing that Obesity and diabetes were associated with liver ailments and people with diabetics were more prone to liver disease, the Vice President said it these diseases were allowed to progress, the liver might fail and the patient would probably need a liver transplant.
Addressing the gathering at the Sixth Convocation Day of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in New Delhi, today, the Vice President called for a nationwide campaign to create awareness to adopt healthy lifestyles should start from schools.
Shri Naidu urged the school administrations to make physical activity, Yoga or sports part of the schools’ curriculum. He wanted them to promote yoga in a big way in view of its salutary effect on health.
Yoga and meditation would not only help in improving physical fitness but also ensure mental equilibrium, which is the need of the hour in view of the increased stress faced by the youngsters, he said.
He expressed concern over the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases and said that about 63 per cent of all deaths were caused by NCDs including diabetes, heart diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory problems.
To arrest the spread of such non-communicable diseases, Shri Naidu called for a nationwide campaign on the dangers posed by the modern lifestyle such as physical inactivity, unhealthy dietary habits, use of alcohol and tobacco and obesity and other.
He asked the medical community to take the lead in promoting healthy lifestyle habits to educate the children on the health hazards of modern lifestyles in their nearby localities.
The Vice President said that the most important aspect of healthcare was to make it accessible and affordable to the poorest. He opined that by providing free intensive care to all road victims and by developing transplant facilities in Government Medical colleges and making ICU care affordable by government assistance and universal insurance should be the way forward.
Pointing that the out-of-pocket health expenditure borne by majority of the people is pushing many families into debts, Shri Naidu opined that the disparity in healthcare reach between rural and urban areas, low penetration of health insurance were the main reason for the distress.
Calling for measures on a war footing to remedy this situation, Shri Naidu said that the Aayushman Bharat scheme launched by the Government of India would be beneficial to 10 crore poor and needy families.