Presentations – medical, cultural and wellness, have marked the UN World Health Day celebrations at the House of Commons recently, hosted by Virendra Sharma MP. Eminent doctors and health professionals representing various NHS Trusts and other institutions have made their presentations on physical and mental health issues in women, children and the elderly in the BAME communities. The event was organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence in association with APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences and Sur Bharti Women’s Collective.
Dr Venu Kavarthapu, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from King’s College, Dr Prabhu Rajendran, Paediatrician from St Mary’s Hospital, Dr Ibrahim Khaleel, Consultant Psychiatrist from Chase Farm Hospital, Dr Sunil Gupta, Consultant Haematologist from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Medical Trust, Dr Mano Manoharan, Peri-natal Psychiatry Consultant from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Pranita Salunke, Founder of Vitality Health Clinic and Dr Rekha Elaswarapu, Senior Lecturer in the University of Sunderland in London have all spoken on topics such as Diabetic Foot, Health Needs of BAME Children in the UK, Mental Health and Challenges in Older Adults, Haematological Cancers, Peri-Natal Mental Health in Women, Heart Health and Dignity Matters.
An interesting performance on the impact of dance on health through different classical forms was presented by Sanskruti and Sur Bharti Women’s Collective. An ode to the Sun God as an important natural source of Vitamin D aiding in healthy bones and pancreatic function was presented by Ragasudha Vinjamuri on the chanting of Surya Mandalashtakam and a presentation on the benefits of dance as a stress buster, confidence builder and aiding in blood circulation, weight management & posture improvement was presented by Pracheeti Dange (Odissi), Prasanthi Aripirala and Suvarchala Madireddy (Kuchipudi) and Shaariva Teredesai and Rashmi Lakhapate (Bharatanatyam).