eHEALTH BureauThe Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt Sheila Dikshit pledged to support the Billion Hearts Beating (BHB) campaign launched by Apollo Hospitals Group. The campaign seeks to spread awareness about prevention of heart disease and its various risk factors and what can be done to control the problem. A free Cardiac Screening Camp by Apollo Hospitals was also organised for over 400 members of the Chief Minister’s office.Taking the pledge the Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikshit said, “A cause as large and complex as this needs the support of all. The urgency of talking about heart disease in India has not been stressed enough and I am glad that Apollo Hospitals has taken this up. This is a very important partnership between the Delhi Government and the Apollo Hospitals, which will soon be up on our health website. We will extend this awareness campaign to our 3000 resident welfare associations under the Bhagadhari scheme and NGO’s.”Also present on the occasion was Prof Kiran Walia, Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Child Development, Delhi Government who congratulated the Apollo Hospitals Group for launching the Billion Hearts Beating campaign. Addressing the gathering she said “Our health department will whole heartedly support this campaign because we understand the importance of a healthy nation.”It is precisely with this sense of optimism that Apollo Hospitals has launched the “Billion Hearts Beating” initiative. It is a national multi media campaign that seeks to raise awareness levels and drive positive action towards preventing and treating heart diseases which can no longer be ignored.”The problem of heart disease in the country has reached epidemic proportions. This should never have happened, as the risks pertaining to the problem can actually be addressed. We don’t deserve to be called the ‘Heart Disease Capital of the World’. We will take the first step to fight the problem of heart disease. Risk of heart disease can be significantly reduced through simple lifestyle modifications. Collectively as a nation we can do something about it. I am grateful to our Chief Minister Smt Sheila Dikshit for her participation and support which will undoubtedly add great momentum to the campaign.” said Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder-Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.The function was followed by a large free heart camp organised by the Apollo Hospitals for the benefit of the Delhi Government employees. The Billion Hearts Beating campaign proposes to conduct similar free heart camps across the country to create awareness among the public and help profile their risk factors.In view of the urgency of addressing the issues of growing heart diseases in India, Apollo Hospitals has dedicated a large team of medical professionals to spread the message. The Billion Hearts Beating has a website www.billionheartsbeating.com, where people can support the cause by taking a pledge. A cause as large and complex as this needs the support of all; the campaign must acquire the momentum it deserves to create an impact.