World Health Day: Building a Fairer, Healthier World

Annual events aim to raise awareness towards both physical and mental health issues with a particular theme. Like every year, this year 7th April brings up the importance of global health to the mass by celebrating World Heath Day. The theme for 2021 is “Building a fairer, healthier world”. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has catered to the citizens differently. While some people struggled to get the basic healthcare amenities, others had the facility to get the best healthcare facilities. The unprivileged community was affected the most by this pandemic. Hence, this year WHO has particularly urged every country to ensure quality healthcare equality to every citizen and bridge this gap. Everyone must have a healthy living and working conditions.

During lockdown, CK Birla Hospitals – CMRI & BM Birla Heart Research Centre has set a benchmark by organizing a week-long blood donation camp as an attempt to secure the future of the society. The fear to visit hospitals and to maintain social distance caused insufficient stocks of blood in the blood banks. Important operations like cardiac surgeries, cancer treatment,emergency surgeries, and hereditary disorders like Thalassemia, Hemophilia and other ailmentsrequire a sufficient stock of blood. This camp ensured all the protective measures before receiving blood from any donor. The hospitals have succeeded in saving number of lives while conducting crucial cardiac surgeries amidst pandemic. During the peak lockdown period, BMB did a crucial cardiac switch surgery of a two-week old infant, complex valve replacement and open-heart surgery of an elderly patient including an implant in a Haemophilia patient.

On the other hand, the Multi-specialty hospital, CMRI launches Robotic Ortho Surgery for the first time in Eastern India as a solution to high risk complicated replacement procedure with the help of latest technology. It leads to the longevity of the joint implant by ensuring perfect alignment and eliminating human mistakes. Both the young and elderly people can recover from this surgery soon.The first Robotics joint replacement surgery in Kolkata was successful.

According to COO of CK Birla Hospitals, Dr. Simmardeep Gill, “CMRI, BM Birla Heart Research Center in Kolkata and RBH in Jaipur have taken a pivotal role during the peak of pandemic to provide the best quality healthcare to the citizens. We became the first hospital in East India to introduce Robotic Orthopedic surgeries. Having a top-notch Pulmonology unit in place, our aim would be on a team approach where a group of specialists with interest in various subspecialties pulmonology work together towards delivering care which would be compassionate. From performing critical cardiac surgeries to successful implants, we make sure that each patient gets high quality treatment and care. Abiding by the required protocols and with the proper processes in place, we aim to drive our commitment towards vaccinating the community and pledge this World Health Day to build a fairer and healthier tomorrow”.

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