How docs managed Gandhi’s blood pressure?

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How docs managed Gandhi’s blood pressure?

Thursday, 13 September 2018 | SUGANDHA | NEW DELHI

Mahatma Gandhi's blood pressure record as well as his health regime will be soon made public by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in a supplement to its journal Indian Journal of Medical Research in less than three months.

The Director General of ICMR Dr Balram Bhargava said, "The Father of the Nation had hypertension and was on treatment. We will publish tables to show how doctors managed his blood pressure."

According to Dr Rajni Kant,  the head of department of  Research Management, Policy, Planning & Coordination, his health regime will be studied to find out whether the kind of regime is relevant today or not.

"Medical concerns in Gandhi's era and his health regime will be juxtaposed with that of todays to analyse the progress of country in terms of health and whether his vision is relevant today or not," said Dr Kant.

For the research, several organisations such as National Gandhi Museum, Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) and Gandhi Sangralaya, Patna have been contacted, he added.

The step has been taken as a part of preventive measures taken by ICMR to tackle non-communicable diseases in the country. The institute is also planning to launch several events over a period of one year.

ICMR is also planning to launch Malaria Elimination Research Alliance India (MERA India) soon to eradicate Malaria from the country by 2030, said Kant.

Apart from that, Launch of National Leprosy Vaccination programme will also be launched on Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. "The pilot project has been successful in six districts of Bihar and Gujarat and it will be launched nationally on October 2 this year," said Dr Bhargava.

The launch of Mission Delhi aimed at early diagnosis of heart disease and treatment among others is also in pipeline, he added.

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