National Health Checkup Day
Prevention is better than Cure
Rajiva Shanker Shresta
“'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' - Benjamin Franklin
Prevention has always been affordable and easy. The cure, however, is largely expensive and usually very painful and unusually obtrusive—not stress-free in any way.
A healthy population is not only happy and contented population with a good quality of life, but efficient as well in their respective fields. Therefore, it is not only the individuals and family but the state as well, which suffers expenditure in managing the illness. Thus preventing disease and promoting health pays high dividends to society at large. However, only 9.6 % of total healthcare expenditure goes towards preventive healthcare.
The focus of the National Health Checkup Day initiative by TOI and Healthians is to bring a behavioral change in our country when it comes to dealing with health. The campaign aims to create a habit of undertaking health checkups periodically to ensure that we keep a track of our body and listen to the alarming signs before it’s too late. This movement is targeted at making people dedicate at least one day to their health so that they can take necessary actions towards a healthier lifestyle and are able to avert critical illnesses.
A small change in our habits can help us avert critical illnesses coming our way. This is your chance to make a pledge for a healthier you and India. So what are you waiting for? Take a pledge to your good health now! PLEDGE NOW.”
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Every year in the beginning and usually before our USA trip, we make it a point to get a Health Checkup for ourselves so that we could be prepared and safe for any eventuality that we would not like to come across in the foreign soil. In addition, we take travel insurance policy as well so as to avoid any unforeseen expenditure coping with the distress we would not like to confront with. This year, but we had to almost rush to be with our daughter that did not give me an opportunity to have a dental checkup even as we were at Rhenock and the dentist at Community Health Centre there Dr. Priyanka Pradhan was on a leave following her wedding. Coming to Gangtok got busy preparing for the trip that could not take me to Dr. K. N. Pradhan a few steps down from our residence to the main street of the Development Area. Like always in the past, we rested assured of the immediate attention and care from Dr. Manjari Moktan with Hriday Moktan belonging to Mirik, there in the USA.