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R S PURA: As part of a wide range of initiatives to tackle the growing menace of cardiovascular burden in the region, Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology Department SSH, Jammu and his team held a day-long camp in the Village Khana Chak area of RS Pura.
Accompanied by team of young doctors and paramedics, Dr Sushil examined people of area for prevalence of cardiac diseases and other health ailments. More than 200 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements.
While interacting with the people during the camp, Dr Sushil observed that socioeconomic status is one of the strongest predictors of illness but it is often overlooked in health policies. He stressed on the need to address economic inequalities so that health inequalities shall not multiply.
“Reducing poverty, improving education and creating safe home, school and work environments are central to overcome the impact of socioeconomic deprivation. By doing this, socioeconomic status could be targeted and improved, leading to better health for many,” said Dr. Sushil.
“There are various arguments based on materialist, psychosocial and behavioural aspect which goes on to elaborate how improving the income of the poorest members of the society is often proposed as a way of improving their health. Socioeconomic status is important because it is a summary measure of lifetime exposures to hazardous circumstances and behaviours that goes beyond the risk factors for non-communicable diseases that policies usually address. Having low socio economic status means being powerless to determine one’s own destiny, deprived of material resources, and limited in the opportunities open to you, which shapes lifestyle. So there is a need to address this important social determinant and its deserves due consideration alongside the established risk factors for major diseases from all the stakeholders involved in eliminating the glaring health inequalities among population belonging to different strata,” stressed Dr. Sushil
Residents of the area Gourav Sharma, Tarun Bazala and Lovely Sharma appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their locality and hoped such kind of cooperation in future also.
Others who were instrumental in this endeavour included Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Kewal Sharma. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team include Vikas Kumar, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Akshay Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Rajinder Singh, Harvinder Singh, Kamal Sharma, Rohit Kataria, Rajeev Vohra, Suresh Raina and Raj Kumar.
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