Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The ninth Perfect Health Parade will be flagged off from Raj Ghat here this coming Sunday.

An annual event of the Heart Care Foundation of India, the parade this year is being organised to mark “World No Tobacco Day”. It will go round the Capital in the form of tableaux and stop along the way to showcase health education activities through magic shows, street plays and distribution of literature.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Foundation’s president K.K. Aggarwal said the parade would have many tableaux carrying socially relevant health messages and would culminate at Raj Ghat around 4 p.m. “One of its primary aims would be to sensitise the public on health needs.”

Earlier, noted Kathak exponent Shovna Narayan spoke about the harmful effects of smoking. Calling it one of the biggest preventable menaces, she said it not only causes sudden heart attacks and cancer but also impotency and wrinkles. The upcoming parade, she said, was to create awareness about the importance of giving up addictions like smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse.

The parade is being organised by the Foundation in association with the Delhi Government’s Health and Family Welfare Department, the New Delhi branch of the Indian Medical Association, the MCD and the NDMC besides several NGOs and schools. A free health camp offering heart check-ups, lipid profiles and blood tests will also be organised by the Foundation in Defence Colony here on June 5.