Dr.Ramakanta Panda and Akshay Kumar launches ''Asian Seva'' for children, senior citizens

Actor Akshay Kumar and Dr. Ramakanta Panda today inaugurated the 'Asian Seva', started by the Asian Heart Institute, to provide cardiac care at affordable cost for children below 12 and senior citizens above 65 years of age.

Online PR News – 23-September-2011 – – Mumbai

Asian Heart Institute, a world class cardiac care hospital has recently been in the news for performing the first robot assisted surgery in the city. The latest offering from the institute is 'Asian Seva' which has been formally inaugurated by Goodheart Ambassador Shri Akshay Kumar, today at Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium (Shanmukhananda Hall), Sion. More than thousand RDCA (Retail & Dispensing Chemists Association,Mumbai) members have attended the programme

Today around the world more than 1 million children are suffering from Heart Diseases which are there by birth. Out of million most of them are from the non-affording economy class. The treatment requires an expense which sometimes is more than their yearly family income. The exact reason for such diseases is still not known. The government is trying to help these people but the infrastructure is not sufficient. The same is the case with elderly people who are deprived of economical status and are generally living their second innings of life with some or the other heart problem. Even in their pensions it becomes difficult to get relevant treatment. 'Asian Seva' is an effort on behalf of Asian Heart team to bring expert cardiac treatment, surgery and care to the two most important segments of our society- children & senior citizens.

'Asian Seva' has been started to provide cardiac care at an economical price for children below 12 years & senior citizens above 65 years of age. The expert team of AHI Doctors will be operating on these patients.

Bollywood Superstar Shri Akshay Kumar is associated with Asian Seva as the Goodheart Ambassador & formally launched the service. Speaking on the occasion Shri Akshay Kumar said- "Dr. Panda & his team at Asian Heart Institute are an inspiration for many of us...This is the team that believes that 'Every heart deserves the best' and lives up to it each day. It is amazing how this team believes in giving back to the society, what the society has given them. And Asian Seva is another such effort.When Dr. Panda approached me to be the Goodheart Ambassador of Asian Seva, he left me with no reasons to 'say no'. Here is an initiative for the two most vulnerable segments of our society (the children & the elderly) to get world-class treatment at economical rates. The "messiahs of heart" are here to play a role... the least we can do is support them"

Dr. Ramakanta Panda, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Asian Heart Institute said

"We have always wanted to do something for senior citizens & children. Everyday I see patients from these two vulnerable segments & my heart goes out to them. We are sure Asian Seva can benefit these two segments. Asian Seva has been started with a noble intention, and I am thankful to Shri Akshay Kumar for showing his willingness to support this initiative by being the Goodheart Ambassador. A noble personality like him is apt for a noble cause. I am also grateful to RDCA & our Chemist friends for all their support. I am overwhelmed to see them in such huge numbers here today. This is the segment which plays a very crucial role in keeping the city healthy. So many of the citizens don't come to us & just take the medicines given by the chemists to get back on their feet. That's the kind of trust that people have on our Chemist friends. I thank you for being here today & supporting Asian Heart Institute in making Asian Seva a grand success. In my opinion each one of us here today, is truly a Goodheart Ambassador for Asian Seva"

Shri Damjibhai Palan, President, RDCA (Mumbai) said on the occasion, "We are happy to be here today & support Asian Seva. We would like to congratulate Dr. Ramakanta Panda for his noble thought & assure him & his team of full co-operation in making Seva beneficial to the patients. "

Dr. Panda also took this opportunity & announced the commencement of the Chest Pain Clinic with a 24x7 helpline 126 126 ,at Asian Heart Institute. The Chest Pain Clinic has been started as a specialized unit to handle all heart emergencies round the clock. The Chest Pain Clinic has been formally inaugurated on this occasion by the renowned Asian Heart Institute team of Cardiologists, led by Dr. Dev B Pahlajani. Speaking on the Chest Pain Clinic , Dr. Pahlajani said " Not all chest pains could mean emergencies, but there is no easy way to tell until you see a Doctor. I appeal to Mumbaikars to please call 126 126 incase your near & dear one suffers a chest pain. The AHI team pledges to provide quick cardiac support in the shortest possible time".