An awareness rally on heart diseases was flagged off by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament Murli Manohar Joshi, MP, at Gandhi Mandapam in Kanyakumari on Saturday as part of the fifth anniversary celebrations of the NIMS Heart Foundation.
Hospital managing director M.S. Faisal Khan and doctors Madhu Sridharan and P. Mahadevan were present.
The rally, which will reach Kasaragod on September 15, is the first of month-long programmes that the institute is taking up as part of the celebrations, to be organised in every district. Free medical camps and awareness classes will be held at various locations by senior doctors belonging to NIMS.
From these medical camps, 250 people will be chosen to receive financial assistance for heart surgery as part of the ‘Heart to Heart’ programme of the foundation, which has actor Mammooty as its brand ambassador.
The message of Smoke-free Kerala is also being promoted through this initiative. “Smoking and consumption of alcohol are two habits that need to be removed from society,” Dr. Joshi said. He stressed the need to steer children in the right direction.
The BJP leader also participated in the second graduation ceremony of Noorul Islam University. On the occasion, Chancellor Majid Khan handed over degrees to over 300 students.
After the ceremony, Dr. Joshi visited NIMS Hospital at Neyyattinkara.