As per officially registered cases at BBMP, on an average, Bangalore loses 10,000 trees each year. Infrastructure projects like road widening, flyovers, metro rail, etc, are some of the major reason for chopping down trees. Hence, there is a constant need to plant more saplings in order to counter the effects of global warming. In an era today when each square feet of greenery is overtaken by concrete structures of cement and brick, thanks to the growing population, the need of the hour is to have a stress free, pollution free, mentally and physically healthy life.
Keeping this in mind, on World Earth Day on 22nd April, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal and Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur aims at creating a greener space, reducing carbon footprint and contributing to the overall cause of saving the planet for the next generation. This is a part of a yearlong initiative by the hospital.
To begin with, around 50 saplings were planted in and around Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal including 5 saplings planted by doctors and patients in the hospital premise. Also, around 100 saplings were planted in and around the premises of Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur. The hospitals plan to plant more saplings by end of May in the arid areas of North Bangalore when the rains arrive. The patients will also be urged to be a part of this initiative and plant saplings in the vicinity of the hospitals.
Also on the occasion Dr. Mahesh, Consultant Endocrinologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal will deliver a health talk on ‘Healthy Living’ for the patients at Gurukul.
“There are multiple diseases which are caused due to pollution and as a hospital, it is important that besides treating patients, we promote good health and also help the people take responsibility of their environments,” said Dr. Prashanth N, General Manager, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal
The hospital believes in inclusive growth, be it of our customers, or the environment; we believe in protecting them and creating a clean and caring environment. Today, with increasing global warming, it is a must that we protect our environment and what better way than to plant a tree, added the doctor.
“As a hospital, we will take up the responsibility of taking care of the saplings planted by the patients. The patients can always see their plants growing in their next hospital visits,” said Ambili Vijayaraghavan, General Manager, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur.