HoD Cardiology, Dr Sushil Sharma examining a patient.
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JAMMU: Stressing socio-economic indicators as an important variable in influencing the health scenario of the state, Dr Su
shil Sharma, HoD Cardiology GMC&H, on Sunday highlighted this important theme while conducting a day long camp in Block Bhalwal of the Mishriwala area, as a part of his awareness drive at the initiative of Vishwakarma Temple Committee.
More than 200 people were examined and free medicines were given as per the requirement.
While elaborating upon this issue, Sushil maintained that cardiovascular diseases were once thought to be impacting the rich and affluent, but it is now well established they afflict the poor as well.
“The issue of access and affordability account for higher mortality amongst the urban poor and rural population. While there is increasing availability and focus on curative care in urban areas, the issue in rural India is relatively complex and is one of improving awareness, access and affordability. The lack of awareness coupled with inadequate access to diagnosis leads to a very large number of patients needing tertiary care. The shortage of such high end facilities as well as their inability to pay leads to high mortality among the rural population,” he added. Given the issues of affordability, accessibility and quality of health care, mortality rates form heart diseases are much higher in the economically underprivileged population, Dr Sushil held.
This leads to the early onset of cardiac diseases amongst them. They tend to ignore the disease due to poor access to health care and high cost of treatment, and even if they do choose to go for medical treatment, it involves large out of pockets payments. Such expenditure referred to as catastrophic expenditure pushes near about 39 million Indians into poverty every year. So the economically underprivileged section is more impacted by heart diseases and the control of the disease amongst them should be a high priority. A focussed policy targeting CVDs among the economic underprivileged section of the society is the need of the hour,” he added.
Management Committee of the Vishwakarma Sabha including Shashi Verma, Raman Chalotra, Mangal Dass Verma, Puran Chargotra, Joginder Angotra, Balwant Kataria, Purshotam Chargotra, Lakhan Pal Salaria and Rashpal Verma appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting medical camp in such remote block where inaccessibility and un-affordability still informs the poor health outcome of the general population.
Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Anitipal Singh and Dr Kewal Sharma; paramedics and volunteers Vikas Kumar, Kamal Sharma, Raghav Rajput, Aman Gupta, Akshay Gupta, Amandeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Vikas Sabharwal, Ankush Kohli, Rajeev Vohra, Manoj Sharma and Rajkumar were also present.
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