Fortis Memorial Research Institute in collaboration with the residents of DLF – The Crest planted 1100 saplings in Gurugram to raise awareness on Swach Bharat Swach Abhiyan. The plantation drive was carried out by 250 residents in the ‘Aravali Hills’ to raise awareness on rapidly increasing issues of deforestation, rising health issues due to pollution and unhygienic surroundings. It is. Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, Executive Director, Neurosurgery, Fortis Gurugram led the daylong event in an attempt to sensitize the harmful effects of deforestation and to encourage people to plant trees.
Forests cover 1/3rd of the earth. It plays an important role in moderating climate by maintaining the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in air. It acts as a home to more than 80% of terrestrial species of animals, plants, insects and extinct species. Despite all the benefits in terms of ecology, health and social benefits, global deforestation continues to be at a large scale. This is one of the major reasons for significant rise in the Health Issues in India.
Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, Executive Director, Neurosurgery said, “In my 30 years of career I have seen many people coming to me with health issues, but it is only in the last 5 years that I have seen a rapid growth in patients coming to us with severe health complications due to the environment. We have seen a rise in the respiratory cases, cancers and patients with lung diseases. All these diseases are directly significant with the pollution and the environment we have gotten used to. We have to change that thinking and have to take steps to give something back to the nature.
Dr. Ritu Garg, Zonal Director, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram said, “With this tree planting activity, we aim to educate people that environmental action and climate change is in the hands of everyone. It is everybody’s responsibility to make our City a better place. If we all pledge to plant 1 tree every year, our society and it’speople would be healthier. At Fortis, Gurugram we keep taking initiatives to educate people on the healthy sides of such plantation activities. Being a leading healthcare provider, it our responsibility to take this message to the masses and bring a change in the society.”