Mangaluru: Addressing the media persons during a press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Femina Miss India 2015 Aafreen Vaz said, ” Early Detection for a Better Future (EDBF) a NGO launched by me aims to build a strong family of volunteers that will undergo training on the importance of early detection of common diseases specific to the rural region of interest and then to go on to educate the respective rural community through creative health education camps. We aim to create an urban rural health movement that is friendly, fresh and energetic, and we have selected Mangaluru as our first fund raiser event destination. The EDBF Run for Health will commence at 8.30am on Friday, 2 October 2015 from City Centre Mall, and will proceed through Hampankatta, Lighthouse Hill Rd, Bunts Hostel Rd, Kodialbail and culminate at City Centre Mall”.
“As urban Indians, if we are not receiving satisfactory treatment we change doctors or hospitals, If we are too busy to update ourselves about the new prevalent diseases, the radio, TV, social media and newspapers do it for us. If we are unfortunate to find ourselves in an emergency we know the ambulance is on its way as long as we, our family or neighbors call for it. Sure, we urge for improvements in our health care system but we do have our basics in place! Isn’t it reassuring? Now imagine all that is taken away. No radio social media TV or daily paper is available to update us about what to watch out for” added Vaz.
She further said, “There is no medical help available in an emergency. In fact, there is no doctor available for miles. And someone is sick, just getting sicker everyday. This is still the condition in many parts of rural India. What is a sick man or woman to choose? Walk the mile for water for his house or a doctor for himself? Rest his aching body and lose that days pay? Most of the time he/she is going to fight through his illness, not knowing what it is just to be able to carry on with his/her daily chores because he knows his family depends on him/her and everyday matters. The only time he/she has no choice but to find medical help is when he can no longer carry out his daily routine because his willing mind gives in to his now extremely unwell body”.
While concluding Aafreen Vaz said, “Access to health care and awareness of early detection and prevention of diseases that one is at risk of is not a choice but a right. If us urban Indians are able to exercise this right daily and liberally lets do out bit so that this sense of assurance reaches our rural Indians too. This is what we at EDBF (Early detection for a better future) dedicate our work towards. EDBF aims to build a strong family of volunteers that will undergo training on the importance of early detection of common diseases specific to the rural region of interest and then to go on to educate the respective rural community through creative health education camps. We aim to create an urban for rural health movement that is friendly fresh and energetic and we welcome Mangalureans to our first ever fundraiser event: The EDBF health run!”
It is noted that Health Minister UT Khader will also participate in the Run. Charan Suvarna- CEO of Fashion abcd was also present during the press meet.