STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Emphasising upon the need for religious institutions and their leaders to play more prominent role in promoting community health and wellness besides serving as a role model for their congregations, Dr Sushil Sharma, Head of Department Cardiology, Super Speciality Hospital, Jammu along with his team conducted a day long camp at Shiv Mandir, Kotli Shahdola, R S Pura, where thousands of disciples were assembled to attend a spiritual gathering on culmination of Shri Bhagvad Katha Saptah. On the occasion, More than 500 patients were screened, evaluated and sensitised for various health ailments. Blood-sugar and ECG tests were also performed and medicines were also given to needy as per requirements. While interacting with people, Dr Sushil stated that the religious community is not immune to societal changes. “Changing health behaviour in the community requires both input from individuals, who possess knowledge and credibility and a receptive audience. These religious leaders possess extraordinary credibility and influence in promoting healthy behaviours by virtue of their association with time-honoured religious traditions. Through such actions, religious leaders can be effective agents in promoting critical change in these areas. It is hard to know exactly what explains this relationship between religion and healthy habits. Some religions specifically prohibit smoking and drinking. The relationship may go the other way too, people who tend to lead a healthy life style may be drawn to religion for same reasons, or perhaps there is some other variable that accounts for both healthier and more religious behaviour,” he elaborated. Dr Sushil also attracted attention of all stakeholders of the society to make necessary efforts for complete eradication of drugs and smoke, which are major threats to younger generation. He further advised people to take a heart healthy diet, exercise regularly, quit smoking and monitor blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels regularly. Management Committee of Shiv Dham, Kotli Swami Umeshanand, Swami Vishwanath, Pandit Somnath and Kamal Kumar appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp. Others who were part of the health check-up cum awareness campaign included Dr Vijay Kumar Sanjan, Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Syed Rahella. Paramedics and volunteers, who were part of the team included Raghav Rajput, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Harvinder Singh, Suresh Baigra, Aman Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Vijay Sharma, Kamal Kishore and Rajkumar.
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