A medical student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been handpicked to speak to MPs in the Houses of Parliament about health issues affecting the country.
Sai Ram Pillarisetti was the only student chosen from among four British ‘health heroes’ who were invited to interact with ministers and other dignitaries on a variety of issues including vaccine equity and the importance British foreign aid.
He explained how local UK health is linked to global health, as shown by Covid-19, and he highlighted his contributions to global health efforts through the development of a UK health app. breast called ABC’s of Breast Health.
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The app, available in 12 languages, aims to empower women across India with accurate information about breast cancer and dispel common myths.
The final year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) student said: ‘It was an honor and a privilege to attend Parliament and highlight the importance of health for everyone, wherever they are in the world.
“The UK has done a lot to help others, but there is still a lot we can do.
“The past two years have shown that the wellbeing of the UK is closely linked to the wellbeing of others.
“As we begin to turn a corner in the pandemic, we need to make sure the rest of the world comes with us, otherwise we risk falling back if new variants emerge in places without adequate protection against the virus.”
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Sai was the youngest person selected for the event, organized by UNICEF, global poverty relief organization The One Campaign, Save the Children. He was joined by a general practitioner, a hospital consultant and a nurse.
One of the MPs present was Anthony Mangnall, MP for Totnes & South Devon. He said: “It is fantastic that Sai has been invited to Parliament to celebrate the incredible work that health heroes are doing. It is a mark of pride for the UK and I am proud to stand with them in the fight for a healthier world.
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