A two-week course on 'Public health approaches to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) started at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Monday.
UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal and PGI dean Savita Malhotra were the guests of honour for the function.
Malhotra emphasised that 'Mind and body are interrelated' and highlighted the importance of this understanding among health professionals. She applauded the efforts of PGIMER and AIIMS for organising this course. Anand Krishnan, joint course coordinator, gave an insight on the PGI-AIIMS collaboration.
Aggarwal emphasised the role of capacity building for NCD prevention and control and elaborated upon the need for multi-sectoral action for prevention and control of NCDs. He gave the proposition to look into 'How we can make Chandigarh a most active city by launching public health NCD prevention activities in full bloom'.
Course coordinator JS Thakur discussed about potential partnerships for the course, benefit of the course to the people of the tricity as walkathon and exhibition on healthy lifestyle and environment will be organised.
Pascal Zurn, technical advisor, WHO India, gave the key note address on 'Health System'. He said, "The course is crucial in NCDs as it links NCD with the universal health coverage." He appreciated Chandigarh for having open spaces and cycling tracks.