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‘Save & Empower the Girl Child’ with Lilavati Hospital

February 6, 2014 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre (LHRC), in their endeavour towards the upliftment of the girl child, takes another step forward, in their initiative ‘Save & Empower the Girl Child’ on February 5, at Taj Lands End, Bandra (W) from 7 pm onwards. Top Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit, Juhu Chawla, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, Mandira Bedi, Lucky Morani, Lara Dutta, Isha Kopikar, Swara Bhaskar and Evelyn Sharma walked the ramp in exclusive Manish Malhotra designs. The event was managed, coordinated and executed by Lucky Morani and her team of Cineyug Entertainment.
Mr Chetan P Mehta,Reporting Trustee,Lilavati Hospital with Legandary actress Helen and Dr Kiran Coelho,Gynaecologist, Lilavati HospitalThe evening began with a panel discussion on ‘Save & Empower the Girl Child’ moderated by Dr. Kiran Coelho, Chairperson of the organising committee along with other panellists –Dr Hrishikesh Pai,  Shaina N.C., Advocate Mrinalini Deshmukh, Dr Indu Shahani, Dr Rupa Shah, Nagesh Kukunoor and Gul Panag.
Shri Chetan Prabodh Mehta, Reporting Trustee, Lilavati Hospital said, “The child sex ratio in India is at the lowest since independence and has been continuously reducing since the last 50 years. Empowerment is a continuous process and cannot be perceived as a one-time project. We have pledged to do 50,000 free check-ups. Children are our future and there is lot that we can do to uplift underprivileged children, especially girls.”
Two specially designed mobile check-up vans, air-conditioned and set with state-of-the-art medical equipment will also be introduced to ensure smooth execution of the proposed 50,000 free health check-ups.
2014 Padmashree Award Winners - Prof. (Dr.) Shashank R Joshi, (Medicine-Endocrinology, Maharashtra) and Dr Ramakant Krishnaji Deshpande, (Medicine-Oncology, Maharashtra) were felicitated at this glittering ceremony.
Dr. Kiran Coelho, Event Chairperson said, “We are grateful to all those who have encouraged and supported our cause towards the girl child in the last two years. This is a result of the collective effort from all, involved within and outside the core team. We look forward to seeing more people support us in the future.”
Shri Nanik Rupani, Trustee, Lilavati Hospital added, “It gives me immense pleasure to see the awareness this initiative has raised. I believe that it is also our individual duty to empower our girls. The sex ratio, if not improved soon can cause major social unrest. Indian society always had a special place for girls in the family. Goddesses are worshipped in India – like Laxmi for Wealth, Kali/Durga for Power and Saraswati for Knowledge. I congratulate the team for highlighting the importance of the girl child once again.”
The highlights of the evening were a spectacular dance performance by celebrated choreographer Shiamak Davar’s troupe, incredible performances by the talented Ustaad Maa Zila Khan,  Vipin Aneja and Shibani Kashyap who sang ‘I Am a Woman’ composed specially for the occasion, followed by prominent stars dazzling the evening in support of the cause by walking the ramp in Manish Malhotra creations.
The occasion was graced by the presence of Shri Dilip Walse Patil, Shri. Govindrao Adik, Shri Y.P. Trivedi.

Started this social initiative in 2012 by the doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre (LHRC), with Dr. Narendra Trivedi (Chief Operating Officer), Kiran Coelho as this event’s chairperson, the organizing committee consist of leading senior doctors from the hospital.

About Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre:  

LHRC, the premier multi-specialty tertiary care hospital of India has been acknowledged globally as centre of medical excellence. The kind of confidence, trust it has developed on strong foundation of the state-of-the-art facilities, best medical expertise, research, education and charitable endeavors; that today it serves patients from all walks of life – national and international. The hospital has focused its operation on providing quality care with a human touch, which truly reflects the essence of its motto “More than Healthcare, Human Care”.  In 2013, Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai won the Prestigious 'India Healthcare Awards' for 'Best Multi Specialty Hospital of the Year' and 'No. 1 Metro City Hospital'
The trustees of the hospital are:  Mr. Prabodh K.Mehta, Mr. Rashmi K. Mehta, Mrs. Sushila V. Mehta, Mrs Charu K. Mehta, Mrs. Rekha H. Sheth, Mr. Niket V. Mehta, Mr. Chetan P. Mehta, Mr. Bhavin R. Mehta, Mr. Nanik Rupani, Mr. S. Lakshminarayanan (I.A.S) and Mr. Kishan Kumar Modi. 

Source: Business Wire India


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