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JAMMU: The greatest gift a child can get is the unconditional love, care and shelter from his parents. Unfortunately, it is not true for a section of children who are living in child care institutions thereby enhances their vulnerabilities to a host of psychological, social and physical well being. Child health is basic to building the well-being and capabilities of the future of a growing nation.
Keeping in view this fact in mind, free healthcare camp was conducted by Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology GMCH and SSH Jammu, and his team in collaboration with Childline Nodal, Department of Law, University of Jammu in SOS Home, Gole Gujral to meet the special needs of the inmates.
Accompanied by Prof. Kulwant Singh, HoD Law/Director Childline and a team of young doctors, paramedics and volunteers, Dr. Sushil scanned inmates of the home for prevalence of Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVDs) and other health ailments. More than 350 children belonging to home and adjacent neighbourhoods were screened, evaluated and advised during the camp.
While interacting with the children and staff of the Home, Dr. Sushil highlighted that the major child health issues like child malnutrition, infectious and parasitic diseases and specific nutritional deficiencies can be easily tackled with little awareness towards these issues in family and those institutions providing childcare. But there are certain health issues that needs regular screening and caution on the part of family and child care institutions when child shows any symptoms regarding such problems, he added. He mentioned the onset of process of atherosclerosis that may start in childhood.
“Although atherosclerosis manifests clinically in middle and late adulthood, it is well known that it has a long asymptomatic phase of development, which begins early in life, often during childhood. Thus the primary prevention of atherosclerotic disease should begin in childhood. Identification of children at risk for atherosclerosis may allow early intervention to decrease the atherosclerotic process, thereby preventing or delaying CVD,” he said.
Management of the SOS Children’s Village Jagir Das (Director), Mohammad Ali (Assistant Director), Geeta Rakwal and Syed Shafqat expressed their gratitude to Director Childline (Nodal) and Dr. Sushil and his team for organising this camp for children in need of care and protection.
Others who were part of this awareness campaign included Dr Akhil Gupta and Dr Kewal Sharma, paramedics and volunteers include Kamal Sharma, Gourav Sharma, Rohit Khajuria (Coordinator Childline), Bhanu Partap Singh, Harvinder Singh, Aman Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Raj Kumar, Rajeev Vohra and Vikas Kumar.
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