PUNE: the first time, the Maharashtra Orthopaedic Association has decided to celebrate May 1 as Maharashtra Orthopaedic Day (MOA Day). The members have decided to serve voluntarily and devote at least six hours on May 1 to guide the public on issues of health, orthopaedic problems and how to overcome them.
The association had been established in May 1983. Taking this into consideration, from this year, the association has decided to celebrate May 1 as the Foundation Day of MOA.
The association is an apex association of the State orthopaedic experts /surgeons/ specialists and is also associated with Indian Orthopaedic Association. Currently, the association has 1,614 members.
Dr Parag Sancheti, Chairman of Sancheti Hospital and President of MOA, said, “All district level orthopaedic associations of MOA are going to arrange free of cost OPD camps. They are also arranging health education and public awareness programmes all over the State. Each district will be involved in contributing to this CSR activity of MOA.”
He further said, “From April 29 to May 4, 2018, various public awareness programmes, tree plantation drives and free health camps have been arranged. Through free health camps, a series of public awareness lectures have been planned on health problems like bone fragileness, knee pain, back pain, handicappers and how to give first aid.”
Sancheti also said, “There are great misunderstandings and fear about orthopaedics problems in the minds of the conman man. These programmes will alleviate it. We will try and work on providing a toll-free number if any such cases come up in urgency.”
“The local public representatives and social workers have been included in these programmes so as to make it more participating. Posters, pamphlets, newspapers, social media, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media will be used to propagate the health awareness in common people. On the occasion of the Foundation Day, a series of lectures and discussions on health education have been arranged in schools, colleges, senior citizens groups. This activity will be benefiting to all common people of Maharashtra,” Sancheti added.