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Shri Amitabh Bachchan Is AAPI’s Ambassador In Its Campaigns To Create Awareness On Head Injury, Trauma, and Hepatitis In India

Shri Amitabh Bachchan Is AAPI’s Ambassador In Its Campaigns To Create Awareness On Head Injury, Trauma, and Hepatitis In India

 Mumbai, India: January 4th, 2015:  “I pledge my support for these campaigns and commit myself towards the achievement of AAPI’s worthy goals.  I am here  with you for these campaigns and in any other campaign you might undertake and if my face and voice can be instrumental in propagating these efforts, I would gladly lend the same” the Bollywood Superstar, Amitabh Bachchan,  declared reiterating his whole hearted support to AAPI’s campaign to eradicate Hepatitis and create awareness about Head Injury and Trauma. He told this to the nearly 500 international and local delegates who listened to him in rapt attention.

 The Superstar was the Chief Guest at the 9th edition of the Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) 2015 organized by the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from January 2nd to 4th, 2015 at the prestigious Trident Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India. Also present as a Special guest was His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur.

 In his opening remarks, Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, President of AAPI, expressed his sincere gratitude to Shri Amitabh Bachchan. “Your presence at the Global Healthcare Summit has only added to the prestige of this monumental event and built the foundation for us to address the serious concerns of head injury, trauma and hepatitis. Thank you for your contribution towards creating awareness, preventing accidents and saving lives.”

 Expressing confidence that the support and presence of the Bollywood star will result in the realization of the goals AAPI has set before itself, Dr. Jahagirdar said, “With your good wishes, our next goal is to surge forward with innovations in medicine and academics, to build a better future, one step at a time.”

 Millions of us in the country suffer from some of the disabilities and diseases that prevail, the Bollywood star told the delegates. Expressing confidence in the knowledge, skills and experiences of the Indian American physicians, the Bollywood Superstar said, “I am quite certain that with your expertise and the skills that you possess we shall be able to eradicate most of what you have come here for.”

 While reminding the delegates that how being the United Nations Ambassador for the Drive Against Polio in India, he was instrumental in eradicating Polio, he said, “We worked almost eight years on Polio. And after eight years of hard work, I am proud to say that Polio is out of India.”

 In a similar manner, Bachchan expressed hope that the new initiatives by AAPI will succeed. “I am quite certain, with the kind of help and expertise that we have on hand, and with the kind of backing, and hopefully with my involvement as far as my face and my voice is concerned, we shall be able to handle the other program that you have brought here: Hepatitis.”

 Quoting from his own personal life, he told the audience that he himself was a victim of this deadly disease. “Here is an example of someone who has suffered from Hepatitis B. and fortunately because I was diagnosed on time and offered the right kind of treatment, and now I am in remission.” In a lighter vein, minimizing the many struggles and health related challenges he had to face in life, he said, “There have been so many incidents in my life I keep forgetting how many remissions I have had.” With a voice that was full of confidence, he said, “I want to say that if there is proper care and treatment, and diagnosed at the right time, it can be cured.”

 His Highness the Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, while lauding the efforts of AAPI, shared with the audience how his own son had suffered head injury and was able to stay alive and continue his active life after timely intervention and treatment along with prayers and blessings from God. He whole heartedly supported the AAPI initiatives and commented Superstar Amitabh Bachchan for his agreeing to be the face of AAPI’s Campaign to create awareness of the need to eradicate Hepatitis and prevent trauma and head injury. 

 

 

His Highness the Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur lauding the efforts of AAPI

 Prominent among those who had addressed the delegates and offered their insights into what led to this historic campaign included. Dr. Shiv Sarin, a Senior Professor of Herpetology and Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Services; Dr. Shobana Bhatia, Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology, Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai; Dr. Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman of Asian institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India ;Dr. Jayant Barve gastroenterologist practicing in Mumbai and a close personal friend and physician for the Bachchans, Dr. Raj Narayan, Chair of Neurosurgery at Northshore University Hospital and Director of Neuroscience Institute in New York; Dr. Jogi Pattisapu, Asst. Medical Director and Chairman of Department of Neurosurgery in Florida; and Dr. Sumit Sinha. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor, AAPI, moderated the event.

 

Shri Amitabh Bachanchan

 Dr. Seema Jain, President-Elect of AAPI, while proposing vote of thanks, stated that AAPI is taking on this challenge and will work together and do all that we can to eradicate Hepatitis and create awareness about and ways to prevent head injury and trauma. Among others, Dr. Jain appreciated two partners of AAPI, Dr. Sudharshan from Abbott, and Omar from Medtronic’s for their support of the GHS 2015.Dr. Prakash Moody of Unichem Labs also provided key support. She urged Superstar Amitabh Bachchan to be part of the next Global Healthcare Summit to be held in New Delhi from January 1st to 4th, 2016.

 India has one of the highest accident rates leading to trauma and head injury. AAPI, in collaboration with leading healthcare institutions in India and the Indian Ministry of Health has embarked on a long-term project to create awareness on the need to prevent, treat, and provide special care and rehab services to those involved in accidents. Hepatitis is another leading cause and continues to be a silent killer in India, which has led to AAPI’s Hepatitis Research Program. “Through his continued support for AAPI, the most admired and evergreen Bollywood star will promote the most innovative, efficient and cost effective healthcare solutions for India,” Dr. Jahagirdar added. For more information on AAPI and GHS 2015, please visit www.aapighsindia.org or www.aapiusa.org