STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Emphasising on this year’s theme of International Women’s Day ‘Balance for Better’ in a quest to build a gender-balanced world, Dr Sushil on Sunday said that various inequities still existing in current scenario, particularly among rural women, in terms of their access to quality healthcare services and their basic awareness regarding various morbidities due to onset of Cardiovascular diseases. It is, however, a note of much consolation that the opening of medical colleges in different parts of the State, and wider connectivity provided to the far flung areas has mitigated the health problems of rural areas to a great extent, but still significant gap exists between health issues faced by men and women, and the accompanying difficulties faced by women owing to their status as ‘being women’. Dr Sushil and his team conducted a daylong medial camp at Sidh Shri Hanuman Dham, Badyal Kazian, R S Pura, wherein more than 300 people were screened. Medicines were also provided among needy as per requirement. Taking cue from his numerous health check-up camps in urban and rural areas, Dr Sushil underlined that the condition becomes compounded, when it comes to women living in rural areas, who due to numerous socio-economic handicaps, has further worsened the rural health scenario in comparison to its urban counterparts. While interacting with patients attending the health check up camp, Dr Sushil said that although national data on women’s health and outcomes according to residence are limited, disparities in rural women are apparent. “Rural residents are more likely to be poor, lack health insurance, or rely substantially on Medicaid and Medicare; they also travel longer distances to receive care or to access a range of medical, dental and mental health specialty services. Rural populations, especially women, have considerably higher rates of incidence for cardiovascular diseases, influenced by poverty, environmental factors, access to health care, and social and cultural attitudes and norms. Rural women are often isolated, without access to appropriate physical activity opportunities, affordable healthy food, and healthcare services,” he added. There is an urgent need to move beyond commonly used individual-level approaches, which have limitations in terms of cost, impact, reach, and sustainability, to effectively reduce rural health disparities using an integrated, multi-level, community-engaged approach, he appealed. Management Committee of Sidh Shri Hanuman Dham Charitable Trust, Swami Narinder Dass, Anirudh Dass, Satwander Pal Singh, Anurag Sharma and Pupinder Pal appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting Cardiac awareness camp in their area. Others who were part of this humane effort included Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Prabhat Singh. Paramnedics and volunteers included Gourav Sharma, Rohit Khajuria, Suresh Raina, Vijay Sharma, Subhash Sharma, Kamal Kishore, Harvinder Singh, Akshay Kumar, Raghav Rajput, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Gupta, Ankush Kohli, Rajinder Singh, Vikas Sabharwal, Rohit Kumar, Rajkumar and Rajeev Vohra.
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