A grand event to celebrate the achievements of Dr. M.T. Hassan, Bapa Mohammed Ali, and Andale
The Bhatkal Health Expo, a two-day event organized by the Bhatkal Muslim Youth Federation (BMYF), was inaugurated on Saturday at the Anjuman Degree College Grounds. The expo, which aims to create awareness and provide guidance on various health issues, also honored three eminent personalities for their contributions to the healthcare sector in Bhatkal and beyond. The awardees were Dr. M.T. Hassan, Bapa Mohammed Ali, and Andale.
Dr. M.T. Hassan, a renowned physician and surgeon, was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary service and dedication to the medical profession. He has been practicing in Bhatkal for over 50 years and has treated thousands of patients with compassion and care. He is also a philanthropist who has supported many social and educational causes in the region.
Bapa Mohammed Ali, a visionary leader and entrepreneur, was felicitated with the Social Service Award for his remarkable initiatives and achievements in the field of healthcare. He is the founder and chairman of the Bhatkal Islamic Medical Trust (BIMT), which runs the Bhatkal Government Hospital, the Bhatkal Community Health Centre, and the Bhatkal Dialysis Centre. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Bhatkal Nursing College and the Bhatkal Pharmacy College.
Andale, a young and dynamic social activist, was honored with the Youth Icon Award for his innovative and impactful projects and campaigns on various health and environmental issues. He is the founder and president of the Bhatkal Environment and Social Trust (BEST), which has organized several programs and events to promote health and hygiene, waste management, water conservation, and tree plantation in Bhatkal and nearby areas.
A showcase of health services and products by various organizations and institutions
The Bhatkal Health Expo, which will conclude on Sunday, features more than 50 stalls and exhibits by various organizations and institutions related to the health sector. The expo provides an opportunity for the visitors to learn about the latest developments and trends in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy, ayurveda, homeopathy, yoga, and naturopathy. The expo also offers free health check-ups, consultations, and counseling by experts and specialists from different disciplines.
Some of the highlights of the expo are:
- A blood donation camp by the Bhatkal Blood Bank and the Bhatkal Rotary Club
- A dental check-up and awareness camp by the Bhatkal Dental College
- A diabetes screening and awareness camp by the Bhatkal Diabetes Association
- A eye check-up and awareness camp by the Bhatkal Eye Hospital
- A cancer screening and awareness camp by the Bhatkal Cancer Society
- A mental health awareness and counseling camp by the Bhatkal Mental Health Foundation
- A COVID-19 vaccination and awareness camp by the Bhatkal Health Department
- A display of health products and equipment by various manufacturers and suppliers
A platform to exchange ideas and experiences among health professionals and enthusiasts
The Bhatkal Health Expo also serves as a platform to exchange ideas and experiences among health professionals and enthusiasts from different backgrounds and domains. The expo hosts a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, and panel discussions on various topics and issues related to health and wellness. Some of the speakers and panelists include:
- Dr. S.M. Syed Khaleelur Rahman, the chief guest and keynote speaker of the expo, who is a renowned cardiologist and the director of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS)
- Dr. Abdul Hameed, the guest of honor and the president of the Bhatkal Islamic Medical Trust (BIMT), who is a senior physician and the chairman of the Bhatkal Government Hospital
- Dr. Shabber Hussain, the chairman of the Bhatkal Health Expo, who is a dentist and the principal of the Bhatkal Dental College
- Dr. Zainab Ruknuddin, the secretary of the Bhatkal Health Expo, who is a pharmacist and the principal of the Bhatkal Pharmacy College
- Dr. Mohammed Aslam, the treasurer of the Bhatkal Health Expo, who is a physiotherapist and the director of the Bhatkal Physiotherapy Centre
- Dr. Mohammed Rafi, the coordinator of the Bhatkal Health Expo, who is a homeopath and the president of the Bhatkal Homeopathic Association
- Dr. Mohammed Iqbal, the convener of the Bhatkal Health Expo, who is a ayurvedic practitioner and the secretary of the Bhatkal Ayurvedic Association
The Bhatkal Health Expo is a unique and commendable initiative by the Bhatkal Muslim Youth Federation (BMYF) to promote health awareness and education among the people of Bhatkal and surrounding areas. The expo is supported by the Bhatkal Islamic Medical Trust (BIMT), the Bhatkal Anjuman, the Bhatkal Jamatul Muslimeen, and various other organizations and institutions. The expo is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors over the two days.