Docs pedal from Ay­o­d­hya, share health tips, chant ‘Vande Mataram’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

LUCKNOW : Over 200 doc­tors and med­i­cal stu­dents, don­ning saf­fron T-shirts, ped­alled their way from Ay­o­d­hya to Lucknow on Fri­day, as part of the two-day 40th con­fer­ence of the Na­tional Medi­cos Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NMO), begin­ning Satur­day.

Many par­tic­i­pants were heard raising slo­gans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as they rode to the state cap­i­tal, but or­gan­is­ers said there was no po­lit­i­cal mes­sage there. “Saf­fron T-shirts have been used by the NMO for many years now,” said Prof Sandip Ti­wari, head, trauma surgery, King Ge­orge’s Med­i­cal Univer­sity (KGMU), who is co­or­di­nat­ing the con­fer­ence.

He said raising slo­gans was “just a ges­ture”. “If they ride through Varanasi, they will raise slo­gans for Lord Ma­hadev. In Ay­o­d­hya, it was dif­fer­ent, but there was noth­ing po­lit­i­cal,” he as­serted. The doc­tors started from Ay­o­d­hya on Thurs­day and reached the KGMU on Fri­day af­ter tak­ing a night halt at Bhi­taria. They also in­ter­acted with vil­lagers and lo­cals dur­ing their 140-km jour­ney, tak­ing short breaks in which they talked about the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing a healthy lifestyle. “The two days of the con­fer­ence will be devoted to sci­en­tific ses­sions, where ex­perts will de­liver lectures on var­i­ous top­ics. In all, 1,200 doc­tors/ med­i­cal stu­dents are ex­pected to at­tend the event. A large num­ber of stu­dents will also present pa­pers,” said Prof Ti­wari.

Asked about the rea­son for choos­ing Ay­o­d­hya as the start­ing point of the bi­cy­cle ride, or­gan­is­ers said that the dis­tance of the city from the state cap­i­tal was ideal. “Ev­ery year, this cy­cle ya­tra is taken out. In a day, a cy­clist can ride up to 70km, so, a dis­tance of 130 to 150 km is good,” ex­plained an or­gan­iser.


Doc­tors and med­i­cal stu­dents ar­rived in the state cap­i­tal on Fri­day.

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