Heatstroke – No 1 Public Health Concern


Avoid Heatstroke – Stay Hydrated

With February coming to an end we are staring at hot summer climes ahead. March onward the weather will get increasingly warmer with temperatures soaring in April and May. Thermic fever or siriasis, commonly known as heatstroke or sunstroke will be public enemy number 1 in the days to come. Heat stroke is actually life-threatening. It is an emergency condition requiring swift treatment.

Heat stroke occurs when body’s mechanisms to control temperature fails. It happens to people who are in poor environmental conditions. Not to be confused with heat exhaustion (feeling sick and faint), a heat stroke could actually kill. Symptoms of heat stroke are extremely high core temperature, hot red dry skin, rapid pulse, rapid shallow breathing, headache, confusion, strange behavior and loss of consciousness.

Exposure to severe hot weather without drinking enough fluids is the main cause of heat stroke. You could suffer heat stroke by not replenishing fluids in your body. You begin to lose large amounts of body fluid in the form of sweat without noticing any effects. But there will come a point when the body’s fluid reserve for vital functions will get depleted. A point comes when you stop sweating, temperature shoots up and your cells start dying!

Water is essential to cool us down by allowing the body to produce sweat. It is also important to maintain blood pressure. People with the following conditions are more prone to heat stroke – alcoholism, heart disease, obesity, older age, Parkinson’s disease, uncontrolled diabetes, use of medications like diuretics and antihistamines, use of some psychoactive drugs like cocaine. Heavy clothing and some skin conditions also contribute to occurrence of heat stroke.

Heat stroke diagnosed by symptoms like body temperature, is a medical emergency and one must recognize the signs. Victims need to be rushed to a doctor urgently. Even before that one should try to control their core body temperature. Do everything to keep the victim cool. Remove the person from the sun to get him inside. Dunk them with cold water. Remove restrictive clothing and douse water while fanning vigorously. Wrap wet sheets and if person is conscious and alert offer water.

Take the person’s temperature every 10 minutes. Ensure that victim does not start shivering as this will raise core temperature again. You should not let the core temperature fall below 100°F, as this can result in uncontrollable slide towards dangerously low temperatures or hypothermia. You should make efforts to get the victim to a hospital immediately. Watch out for signs of respiratory arrest – breathing failure and be ready to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

You can prevent heatstroke by drinking large amounts of liquids during summer. More so if one is planning to be outdoors. Water in fact should be consumed all day long. Fluid loss happens all through summer so it is essential to consume water. Drink a glass every hour whether you feel it or not as thirst is a late indicator of dehydration. Avoid the outdoors in summer especially during the hottest times of the day. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes as they deflect sunlight. Stay in the shade and avoid coffee, alcohol, especially beer due to its fluid loss effect.


Keep Drinking Water All Through Summer

Stay Healthy – Keep Fit : Mantra of Wadi Medical Camp

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Wadi Medical Health Camp

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Registration of Patients

Approximately 15 kilometers away from HERD Foundation office at Civil Lines, the Foundation runs a medical clinic that sits opposite Wadi police station located at Wadi semi-rural community. It takes almost 35 minutes to travel to this suburban area situated on National Highway No 6 with Amravati Road leading out of Nagpur. It is an area full of godowns and warehouses with chock-a-block settlements coming up all around the central marketplace on the main road.

HERD Foundation Clinic located here was inaugurated just about a month back, on January 12, 2017 and is proving to be of great use to the people living here. The first health camp organized here today drew patients in a steady stream all day long. The purpose of the medical check-up camp was to publicize the availability of special health services at Wadi. Also arrival of doctors with a medical team offering affordable services went very well with the residents. The people were satisfied at the inexpensive charges.

Residents had earlier been made aware of the extra medical facilities that would be made available for this health camp. As such nearly 148 patients received consultations for their medical problems and were also evaluated for their health conditions. The team of doctors offered one-on-one private consultation, especially for the women, children and the aged. They were also instructed about the role of nutritional diet and preventive measures to ensure staying fit and healthy.

HERD Foundation provided certain additional medical facilities for residents who actually felt benefited by the doctors, physiotherapy experts and specialist doctors who had arrived. General check-ups included random blood sugar testing and blood pressure monitoring as part of the examination. Also they were allowed to get their Body Mass Index – BMI Tests & Bone Density Tests done. Physiotherapy check-ups included consultations and treatment recommendations.

The minimal fee for general check-up was for Rs 20.00 while physiotherapy check-ups and bone density tests were charged at Rs 50.00 each. The camp attended by 148 patients consisted largely of women and children. The 48 women and even some men who opted for bone density test were surprisingly all found to be calcium deficient. They were given free calcium medicines for a month long course. Random blood sugar tests were done on all adult patients and the 12 patients identified with excess sugar levels were referred for treatment. Seven patients were examined for severe physiotherapy conditions. General problems of patients included cases of fever, skin rashes and routine check-ups for children. Women received services from a gynecologist doctor. All in all a job well done!

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Patiently Waiting Turns

HERD Pharmacy – Good Health for All

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Just Dial to Get Medicine

For HERD Foundation ‘good health for all’ means ensuring that healthcare is within reach for all of us. We make sure that meds needed for maintaining good health get delivered easily to all, especially to the underprivileged and less well-to-do. It is for this reason that we are busy creating a network of HERD Pharmacy stores in nooks and corners of the city, so that health products and services are readily available.

Of course we lay equal stress to continually inspire everyone to take good health care so as to prevent sickness in the first place. But if one does fall sick then they should readily get much needed medicines. HERD Pharmacy is a recent venture that allows people to get ready access to common remedies as well as special medications. Seeing everyone living in optimal condition is the aim and for this we facilitate access to prescription medicines.

The vision is that no person goes without medications for inability to get them immediately. We therefore introduced tele-calling facility and even online requests so that people do not suffer endlessly. With deals, discounts and other facilities we are increasing outreach of pharmacy products. Access to medical products and equipment is part of our effort to facilitate outreach of required tablets or capsules.

HERD Pharmacy is keen to ensure that everyone can buy essential medicines as part of their right to the highest attainable standard of health. This is a well-founded international law. The right to health first emerged as a social right in the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution in 1946. Subsequently the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 also assured that medication should be available for all.

The binding International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of 1966 also confirm this realization that right to health includes access to health facilities, goods and services. HERD Foundation takes this principle of accessibility and availability very seriously. And so we continue creating a network of HERD Pharmacies at strategic spots in the city so that no person may be denied their right to medication.


HERD Foundation Mural Artwork Inauguration


Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh, MD HERD Foundation Encapsulating the Project

HERD Foundation commemorated the very inspirational Mural Artwork created at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at Nagpur, dedicating it to the three little girls who are the face of the thematic visual depiction on girl-child and women empowerment. The mural completed in record 13 days is the brainchild of Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh, MD, HERD Foundation.

The ground breaking event held on Saturday, February 18 at arrivals lounge of the airport stands out as an innovative project undertaken inside the airport terminal, a first of its kind! The swift ceremony bore semblance to a flashmob presentation in the tightly-secured precinct. For both invitees and hosts it was an incredible experience that had everyone enjoying the artistic interlude.

HERD Foundation invited keen art lovers of Nagpur to be part of the inauguration, bringing forth bureaucrats, corporate leaders, women leaders, educationists, doctors, entrepreneurs, media people and well known city dignitaries to enjoy the mural. Dr Suchika Deshmukh spelled out the background of how the project came to its successful completion.

Invited speakers shared their thoughts and opinions about the mural artwork. The faces of the girls painted were 3 of 150 children who actually drew their aspirations on paper that were later replicated by artists on the wall. The original children’s drawings were on display at the function. The skill of key artist Augustina Droze, Fulbright Scholar from USA whose specialty is painting photographically, was instrumental in creating larger than life faces of Payal, Sonali and Kashish – portraying Contemplation, Hope and Conviction.


Dr Amol Deshmukh Congratulates Artist’s for a Spectacular Feat

The design elements of the mural included children’s drawings and girls braids as repetitive features with blank spaces providing art-relief highlighting the creativity. The thematic representation in line with HERD Foundation’s vision is close to Dr Suchika’s heart. Knowing full well that not all girls and women get a privileged platform in life, she had to draw attention to the majority of women in need of empowerment.

Gender bias is prevalent and deeply embedded in all cultures, economies, political and social institutions. Even today women and girls face unacceptable levels of discrimination that apart from being wrong, also prevent them from playing their full part in society. The airport appeared to be a perfect place to project the theme to be used as a telling backdrop. The passionate contributions by volunteer artists who worked tirelessly made it possible to complete the artwork in 13 days!

Never perhaps in the history of airports in India has such an event taken place, to the best of our knowledge. HERD Foundation encourages passengers and visitors to stop a while and enter the innocent minds that conceived the blueprint of this enormous artwork conveying important messages in an engaging manner.  HERD Foundation is proud to produce India’s First Community Art Mural at an Airport that surely adds to the stature of the airport and the city.


Original Children’s Drawings on Display



HERD Foundation's Cause Celebre

Art For A Cause

HERD Foundation unfolds the Community Mural Artwork being created at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport by illustrious mural artist Augustina Droze from USA along with 46 HERD volunteer artists of the city. Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh, MD, HERD Foundation is quite certain that the Big Wall Mural Project will become a talking point for commuters and that her ideation would facilitate everyone to see the larger picture of a core area of concern. Admeasuring 2030 square meters the huge mural is a graphic depiction that is being creatively put together. What the picturesque walls represent will be for onlookers to decipher upon gazing at 230 running-feet of two entire walls of the hallway.

HERD Foundation presents this Community Mural Artwork for the appreciation of public art. The Big Wall Mural Project was inspired by the ingenuity of Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh. To develop this project she worked very closely with the artists and the airport authorities to get everyone on the same table. The key artist Augustina collaborated with 46 HERD volunteer artists assembled by Shagufta Mehdi, art coordinator HERD Foundation, to get them all to capture the idea behind the artwork. This is now resulting in a novel interpretation and an effective and beautiful visual statement. Spectators would be keen to explore various aspects of the mural artwork currently being completed.

Art for a cause is the subconscious objective of this huge mural artwork project taken on with the support of Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar Augustina Droze. Primarily a public artist and muralist she is also an art educator. One would be struck by the visual elements that depict the underlying theme of the mural. With the huge scale of dimensions it appears almost like visual storytelling to emerge with certain repetitive elements emphasizing its thematic note. The artwork is open to interpretation as it contains free flowing ideas that were actually imagined by school children and given concrete shape by the artists. HERD Foundation encourages passengers and visitors to stop a while and enter the innocent minds that conceived the blueprint of this enormous artwork.

Nagpur Airport is abuzz with the mural artwork in progress. Walking out the halls passengers and onlookers would easily imagine being in an art gallery! The thematic representation is quite in line with HERD Foundation’s vision. Especially significant is the scale of the artwork that will convey important subliminal messages to the public at large in a most fascinating and engaging manner. Key persons Augustina and Suchika planned the entire process to cull the best of skills and understanding that would go into the creation of the mural artwork. Putting their heads together they got desired responses from everyone. The 46 artist volunteers were earlier invited to HERD Foundation office to be instructed at length and offered wherewithal to embark on the project. The entire process is very rewarding and dynamic filling everyone looking forward to the experience. For majority of the artists it is a big opportunity to create art and join hands on this amazing mural.

Aside from revitalizing the blank walls of the airport the artwork is to simply offer visitors a wonderful visual experience. The artists are busy completing the painting work and HERD Foundation looks forward to art aficionados enjoying the mural. It is hoped the artwork will occupy spaces in the minds of onlookers to derive constant engagement with the free flow of ideas expressed therein. HERD Foundation is proud to produce Nagpur’s First Community Art Mural that will surely add to the stature of the airport and the city.

Rise in Oral Cancer Cases in Nagpur

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Oral Cancer Rise in Nagpur

For years now HERD Foundation has worked on creating awareness of ill effects of tobacco. All medical camps we organize include multi level awareness campaigning against tobacco use. It is a blot on the good name of the city that that has highest number of cases of oral cancer. Aside from being disturbing it has us contemplating what additional measures need to be taken to curb the menace. As the largest city in Central India and second capital of Maharashtra, we are also the thirteenth largest urban conglomeration in India where people are dying of oral cancer!

Despite rightful indignation and repeated warnings countless people continue to being caught up with the habit of either smoking or chewing tobacco. Pan masala added with tobacco is largely the culprit in growing number of cases of mouth cancers. In fact diseases caused by tobacco occur in the tongue, larynx, hypopharynx, oropharynx and floor of mouth cancers and may extend to other parts of the body. Cancer is a condition where cells in a particular part of the body develop and reproduce uncontrollably. Cancerous cells invade and destroy neighboring healthy tissue including organs.

Clearly lives are being destroyed due to addiction to tobacco. With Nagpur topping the list for tobacco related cancer cases, it is appalling to make note that even young children are getting caught in the snare. It is commonly observed that those who chew on pan masala or tobacco cannot chew anything else later. Advanced cases of those afflicted with tobacco related diseases cannot even open their full mouths leave alone chew food. It is ghastly to watch young people move about helplessly with masks covering their mouths.

Cancer is common in people who have been hooked on tobacco for a decade or more. Despite surgeries, radiation and therapy patients are yet unable to chew on food leaving them utterly vulnerable. Private practitioners as well as dental colleges in Nagpur are seeing steady rise in number of such cases. This is in spite of all effort at raising awareness about dangers of tobacco consumption.

With 10 lakh tobacco related deaths in India every year, nearly 1 lakh of these occur in Maharashtra alone. The state ranks third in the country in early deaths caused by tobacco consumption. But Nagpur as a city tops! A study conducted by Indian Council of Medical research states 50% of cancers are in men and 20% in women and are directly attributed to tobacco use.

Three-fourths of all tobacco-related cancers are head and neck cancers which include cancers of oral cavity, tongue, esophagus, while about one-fourth are lung cancers. Most frightening fact is that every year about 4 lakh new cases are added in Central India alone. Nagpur is regarded as the oral cancer capital of not just India but world due to maximum patients reported here. Increasingly, children and youth are falling prey to tobacco addiction.

While experts suggest multi-pronged strategies for minimizing consumption, many are of the view that a comprehensive tobacco control programme that includes public awareness, treatment center for tobacco dependency, prohibition of manufacturing and sale of all tobacco-based products and maximum taxation must be levied. Stringent attention needs to be given to ensure activation of Amendments in Juvenile Justice Act (January 15, 2015).

According to this Act anyone giving a child any intoxicating liquor or any narcotic drug or tobacco products or psychotropic substance, except on the order of a duly qualified medical practitioner, is liable for seven years of imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh. As per Section 107 of the Act it can be enforced by designated child welfare police officers in every police station not below the rank of assistant sub-inspector.

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Young Children on Kharra Spree

Khapa Medical Healthcare Checkup Camp

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“Doctor Aaplya Daari”

Overwhelming response to Khapa Medical Camp held on February 2, 2017 at Jijamata High School, Khapa brought 1050 people who were checked for medical conditions by the team of doctors and specialists brought to their doorsteps by HERD Foundation. Exactly 110 patients later received referrals for follow up to their medical conditions. Alongside a blood donation camp was organized that had 17 people donating blood.

HERD Foundation conducted the free medical camp for rural men, women, children and aged people of village Khapa and other surrounding villages. Many people from adjoining villages came over for the free camp. People had begun gathering in groups just as the team arrived to set up the logistic arrangements at the venue where the medical camp was undertaken.

Organized under the slogan “Doctor Aaplya Daari” meaning Doctor at Your Doorstep, the event started at 10:00 am to continue till 02:00 pm until late afternoon. It provided free medical checkups to nearly 1050 people. An important feature of the camp was that besides active medical treatment it emphasized on the importance of self-care, hygiene and preventive measures especially with the summer season to begin shortly.

Among the general ailments the medical team treated patients for certain specific health conditions that included typical cases like pre-cancerous stages, candidiasis, renal calculi, lower back pain, spondylosis, orthopedic, gynecology, de-addiction cases and so on. A large number of children too were checked for seasonal ailments. The Foundation took the opportunity to distribute notebooks for school going children.

The PSM Department of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital brought the team of doctors, interns, nurses and attendants of eight different departments of the institute to examine and treat patients. These included medics from Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Surgery, Dental and ENT Departments.

HERD Foundation volunteers had earlier mobilized villagers with the view to inform them about the medical camp and upon arrival were assisted to understand norms for arrangements to be followed for smooth procedural flow. Dr. Amol Deshmukh, MD HERD Foundation along with staff was personally present to see all arrangements were up to the mark.

HERD Foundation’s social objective is to provide medical relief for poor and needy and this was effectively taken care of. Dr. Amol Deshmukh continues to play a key role in contributing for medical welfare of rural people. His proactive role provides comprehensive medical outreach as per his goal to ensure that medical care reaches the last mile.

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“Doctor Aaplya Daari”