Mega Wellness Camps - "aarogya Mahashivir" - To Take Place In Five Indian Cities

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MEDIA RELEASE PR37425


Mega Wellness Camps - "Aarogya Mahashivir" - To Take Place in Five Indian Cities


DELHI, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    Rotary International (the global humanitarian service

organization) India PolioPlus programme, in partnership with Abbott, the

global healthcare company, are running a series of Mega Wellness Camps

throughout five Indian cities during the first week of December.


    The Mega Wellness Camps or "Aarogya Mahashivir " are daylong

events where doctors and laboratory assistants provide free consultation and

education to all walk-in patients on a wide range of health issues. Members

of the community will have access to free Thyroid and Diabetes tests and

other routine check-ups such as weight and blood pressure.


    Rotary International's India National PolioPlus Committee

(INPPC) partnered with Abbott in this initiative which is a step towards

meeting their goal of enhancing access to health care. For Rotary's India

National PolioPlus Committee, the effort is part of their strategy to meet

the health needs of the community at large beyond Polio vaccination.


    Rotary's India National PolioPlus Committee Chairman Deepak

Kapur said "This partnership with Abbott is an extension of Rotary's public

health initiatives in India. Rotary has been championing the global Polio

eradication initiative and we believe such health care support will help

further the cause of Polio eradication in India by creating goodwill and

acceptance amongst the community". Mr. Kapur further added, "We are extremely

pleased to have Abbott on board in making such medical health treatments

accessible to the underprivileged sections particularly in the State of U.P

and Bihar".


    Mr. Vivek Mohan, MD of Abbott India said "At Abbott, during

our 100 years in India, we have strived to make healthcare accessible to

those who need it most and the Rotary International's Mega Wellness Camps now

provide one of the most effective platforms to reach out to these communities

to make a tangible difference."


    The Mega Wellness Camps are being conducted in Mumbai, Delhi,

Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi.


    About Rotary International:


    Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary International is the

world's first and one of the largest non-profit humanitarian service

organizations. It is comprised of 1.2 million business and professional

leaders in nearly 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects

that address many of today's most critical issues such as violence, AIDS,

hunger, the environment and health care. Rotary International is best known

for being a spearheading partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

and is the largest private sector donor to the campaign. More than 1 million

Rotary members have volunteered their time and personal resources to protect

nearly 2 billion children in 122 countries from polio. Rotary provides

contingency funds, and has contributed more than US$ 832 million towards the

global Polio eradication effort. In addition, Rotary has played a major role

in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than US$ 5 billion to

Rotary's PolioPlus Programme.

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    About Abbott:


    Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to

the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and

medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The

company employs more than 72,000 people and markets its products in more than

130 countries.


    For further information, please contact the local Rotary media

representatives: Gracelle Gerber

                 Email: gracelle@bairds.co.za

                 Ph No: +91-9221270191 or +27-832726373


    SOURCE: Rotary International








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