STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Intensifying the campaign to aware the common populace about the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology GMCH and SSH Jammu, on Sunday held a day long camp in village Ambaran of Akhnoor area.
More than 250 people were screened who were thoroughly evaluated, diagnosed and provided with free medicines.
While interacting with the people, Dr Sushil stressed on one of the important aspect which largely defines the health outcomes in rural and urban areas of the State.
He highlighted that a significant gap exists between rural and urban healthcare and this deprivation in rural areas is very debilitating as near about 70 per cent of the population of the State lives in rural areas.
Hitherto there was a notion that people in rural areas are much healthier than their urban counterparts but now we can observe rapid surge of diseases in the rural areas also, he said adding that there are around 40 million heart patients in India, out of which 19 million reside in urban areas and 21 million in rural areas.
Even some recent findings, he said, are going to suggest that the chronic burden of diseases in rural areas may outweigh the urban areas by 2025.
During his interaction with the patients besides attributing low health awareness and unhealthy behaviours on their part as the prime reason for rise in cardiovascular diseases, he cited affordability, accessibility and availability as the prime barrier for the current shortfall of healthcare in rural societies.
Accessibility to rural and remote communities is affected by the physical topography creating difficulties for transportation, at times complicated by varying climatic conditions, he said. Most notably, he added, majority of the rural people lives below the poverty line and they are not capable of affording the expenses on medical needs.
All of these issues are accentuated in the context of often serious shortages of doctors, nurses and other health service providers in rural and remote areas.
Sustainability of these services is dependent on adequate health service infrastructure and availability of specialist support, he added.
Considering the picture of grim facts there is a dire need to adopt a holistic approach involving all stakeholders to ensure that quality and timely healthcare reaches the deprived corners of our state, thereby making the Health for All a reality, he said. Residents of the area Sham Singh ( Ex Panch ), Harbans Lal, Koushal Kumar, Sikander Singh and Mangal Singh appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their village.
Others who were part of this humane effort included Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Kewal kumar. Paramedics and Volunteers who were part of the team included Vikas Kumar, Manoj Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Nitish Gupta, Jagdeep Singh, Bhanu Partap Singh, Gourav Sharma, Raghav Rajput, Rohit Khajuria, Kamal Sharma, Harvinder Singh and Rajkumar.
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