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Akshay Kumar has been a goodwill ambassador to Asian Heart Institute for over 5 years.
Who is Dr Panda and what did he do?
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Asian Heart Institute and Akshay Kumar came together to provide a health and accident insurance scheme that will cover 380 stunt artists between 18 and 55 years of age from the Movie Stunt Artist Association.
“Stunt artists are the real brave hearts. They are the unsung heroes and their contribution to the films is undisputable. It is high time that they are provided with a proper accidental insurance cover. Akshay Kumar is a dear friend and is championing the cause of stunt artists in the film industry and we are glad to support it whole-heartedly,” said Dr Ramakanta Panda, knows across the country by his famous patients; Lalu Yadav, Manmohan Singh and several others.
“I am a stuntman first and then an actor. I believe that my stunts and action sequences are the reason why I have come so far in this industry and the entire credit goes to the stunt community and action choreographers. I am extremely thankful to Dr Panda who is not at all related to the film industry but by supporting this initiative, Dr Panda has saved many stunt artists' hearts without doing a surgery. He has a very big heart,” said Akshay Kumar.
Elaborating on the initiative Akshay Kumar added, "Finally insurance will be available for those who risk their lives to entertain us. Until now, there have been no such insurance schemes for stunt artists across any film industry in the country."
Dr Panda also announced a free Cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation (CPR) training for stunt artists’ community.This is a welcoming move and a need of the hour. CPR is an emergency procedure in which a person presses up and down on the casualty’s chest (chest compressions) and gives them a series of rescue breaths to help save their life when they are in cardiac arrest. "CPR is an essential life skill, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. If CPR is not provided, persons chances of survival fall by 7-10% for every minute of delay," said Dr Panda. The Asian Heart Institute is planning to train 5000 Mumbaikars in CPR this year, including 1000 police personnel, and 25000 Mumbaikars over time which could see the mortality rate coming down considerably since Stroke is one of the major causes of death in India.
Highlighting the importance of CPR, Akshay Kumar said, "Unfortunately anyone can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest and therefore CPR is an important skill which all stuntmen should know."
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As per the insurance scheme, in case of hospitalisation due to any physical injury or accident while doing stunts, a stuntman will be covered for Rs 6 lakh at about 4,000 hospitals through a cashless system. And in case of death, there’s a provision of Rs 10 lakh, which will be given to whoever the stuntman chooses as their nominee.