It is a common myth that heart diseases only afflict the urban populace and that the rural people are naturally protected against them. Vasai, a Western suburb of Mumbai is a peaceful place blessed with beautiful nature. Yet, hundreds of angioplasty and bypass procedures carried out in this area every month, amounting to about 30-40 crores of rupees expenditure every year. In order to reduce this expenditure, several lectures, seminars, workshops and health camps were organized in this place. These efforts have resulted in a great deal of awareness among the people and their apprehensions and fears about heart diseases have been dispelled considerably. Henceforth, one program is going to be organized in this area every month.
Apart from Vasai, several programs have been organized in and around other western suburbs of Mumbai, like Bandra, Ville Parle, Andheri, Goregaon, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road, Kandivli, Nala Sopara, Bhayandar, Virar, Palghar etc.
Through their experience, the rural folks are well aware of the adage ‘A stitch in time saves nine.’ In terms of health, early checkup of the heart efficiency and vascular flexibility can alert us about the potential catastrophe well in advance. It has been proven that appropriate adjustments in the lifestyle before the advent of heart disease helps in avoiding the deadly disease altogether.
These programs are conducted for various commercial and private establishments, associations, community groups and organizations etc. Many a time the local corporator or social activists invite Arogya Sanskar Health Foundation for such activities in their areas.