New Delhi: Expressing her concern on the health of the people in the capital and the country, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has expressed the need of a 24-hour television channel on health to make people aware of the neglected but most important factor of life.

Speaking on the occasion of the Heart Protection Assembly 2011 organised in media partnership with Dainik Jagran at SCOPE complex on Thursday, she said, “The government and doctors must work in collaboration for the purpose.”

The Chief Minister also launched a book ‘Enhancing Corporate Health’ at the event.
Dikshit expressed concern on the increasing trend of obesity and diabetes among children. She appealed to the people to incorporate positive thinking in their life for good health, by adding “If the heart and mind of a person is healthy, the person will obviously be able to enjoy life in a better way.”

Present on the occasion, eminent cardiologist at Moolchand Medcity, Dr HK Chopra said, “There is a rapid increase in the number of heart patients in the country. The changing lifestyle of the people is a big reason behind the trend.”

He also asked the Chief Minister to create a Delhi Heart Protection Alliance and start heart-attack hotline service in all hospitals to save more lives.

Well known heart surgeon and Director of Medanta Medicity Dr Naresh Trehan said, “This is a good initiative as such efforts will make people more aware of their health.”
SCOPE Director Dr UD Choubey said, “As healthy mind survives in a healthy body. Therefore, if people will be in good health, they will be able to impart better services.”

Dr SP Bakshi was also present on the occasion.

JPN/Bureau