Dr Sushil Sharma examining a patient during the medical camp.
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JAMMU: Stressing on the need to place health at the centre of urban planning and policymaking so that a culture of health is within the reach, Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology SSH and GMC Jammu held a medical camp at Trikuta Nagar area of Jammu city. The camp was organised in collaboration with Shakti Foundation and Bharat Vikas Parishad. More than 250 people were screened and diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements
During his interaction, Dr Sushil maintained that recent studies are indicative of the fact that most of the top ten causes of death directly or indirectly are influenced by faulty urban design and planning policies.
“Chronic non-communicable diseases have multiple factors (genetic, epigenetic, behavioural and environmental). In this context, conditions that are more frequent in the urban setting such as air pollution, social stress and climate change should be considered important health determinants and included in the policymaking and planning process to effectively contribute to health promotion at all social levels. Green environments are associated with better self-reported health, lower blood pressure, lower psychophysiological stress and lower mortality risks,” he said.
Management Committee of the Shakti Foundation and Bharat Vikas Parishad Jammu who were present included Yash Puri, D.P Arora, Parshotam Gupta, Ajay Gupta, Surinder Gupta, Rohit Mahajan and Lucky Puri expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Dr Sushil and his team for conducting the camp. Others who were prominently associated with this initiative include Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Kewal Sharma and Dr Chakshu Mahajan. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team included Vikas Kumar, Kamal Kishore, Sahil Raina, Amandeep Singh, Rajeev Vohra, Vikas Sabharwal, Gourav Sharma, Rajinder Singh, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Ankush Kohli and Akshay Kumar.
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