New Delhi: A much needed and inclusive 1st COVID-19 Fighters Live eHEALTH Summit amid the lockdown was organised online on 2nd May 2020. The eSummit lasted for 8 hours from 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM spreading over 6 sessions. The eSummit was organised by the HEAL Foundation in association with the Business World.
The aim of the eSummit was to bring to discussion the underlying problems borne by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, its various after-effects over the mental, physical and economic health of the country, and to how to cope with the situation and to tackle the emanating problems.
The summit started on a ‘HAPPY NOTE’ as the happywalas, AVIS Vishwanathan & Vaani Anand deliberated the first session — “How to love a crisis”. Each session saw over 1000 enthusiastic participants flooded with queries. The first grand eHEALTH SUMMIT of its kind covered the entire gamut of COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis it has brought along, its repercussions afterwards, and different coping strategies intact with health and economy.
Addressing the 5th session of eSUMMIT—‘Spiritual Values & Mental Health in the Time of Pandemic COVID-19’, Spiritual Guru, Juna Pethadhiswar, Acharya Mahamandleshwar Swami Awadheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj said,“Vedas suggest communicating in times of crisis as it brings solutions. So, this summit was very much required to establish communication. The COVID-19 is not the only calamity, earlier, the earth has sustained many such, and Indians have always proven to be the patient survivors. And this time also when the country at large lighted candles at 9 PM on the appeal of our honourable PM, the whole world got enlightened.”
Adding further, he said, “The Indian system of medicine — Ayurveda has come to the rescue as the whole world is following the natural way it suggests to boost immunity. Yoga has also come up as the most effective tool to suppress the depression arising out of the crisis. Be spiritual, be positive, be self-confident, adopt a natural lifestyle and read the holy Gita as it will give you the strength to combat the adversity. And more significantly, respect the corona warriors — the frontline healthcare workers and the police. I also salute them for their relentless service to mankind.
Over 35 speakers from different sectors — medico, nutritionist, social activist, spiritual guru, entrepreneur, politician, Bollywood actress, women’s rights crusader, journalist and psychiatrist attended the eSUMMIT with enthusiasm and zeal and deliberated with their respective experiences and also shared the insightful tips as to how to combat this unprecedented crisis.
“The govt. has been doing its bit bountifully to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis it has brought along. We have deployed all the healthcare workers from top to bottom, laying certain restrictions on public so that the most effective preventive measure – social distancing is not violated. Almost 2300 COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths out of it have been reported in the UP state. We have been providing the necessary logistics wherever required. The govt. is all set to make essential arrangements for over 15 lakh migrant labourers working in different nook and corner of the country coming back to their homes”, said Mr Jai Pratap Singh, Minister of Medical & Health, Family Welfare, Mother & Child Welfare, Govt., of Uttar Pradesh.
The other partners of the eHealth Summit were: HEAL Health Connect Solutions (Implementation Partner), India Virtual Hospital (Healthcare Ecosystem Partner), Swasthya Bharat (Media Partner), HealthCare at Home (Technical support Partner), News Mobile (Mobile Media Partner) and UPES, University of Dehradun, UK with volunteer support of UGRO Capital.
“I am overwhelmed on getting the responses from across the spectrum about the grand success of this 1st LIVE eHEALTH Summit. I am also indebted to all the participants who took out time to attend this, and to the esteemed panellists, and the keynote speakers and moderators who together helped to steer it to such prominence, which I didn’t expect. Let’s together defeat this calamity and bounce back to normalcy”, said Dr Swadeep Srivastava, Founder, HEAL Foundation & Organiser of the 1st LIVE eHEALTH SUMMIT.
HEAL Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, which has been working diligently under its flagship initiative COVIDFighters — dedicated to fight COVID-19 Pandemic with its various awareness drive such as organising a series of webinars and other allied activities ever since the outbreak of coronavirus.