STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: To commemorate the teachings of Swami Vivekananda on National Youth Day specifically emphasizing his words that service unto others is the service to God, Dr Sushil Sharma, Head, Cardiology Department, GMC Jammu and his team conducted a day long health awareness camp at Prem Nagar, Miran Sahib of RS Pura area. “At the outset he appealed to all sections of the society especially youth to take lead as there is lot to be done in rural areas. Unbeknown to most of us, the disease pattern in our country in general and particularly in rural area has undergone a considerable shift over the past few years,” he said. “Findings also projected that the deaths in rural areas due to communicable diseases are almost matched by those due to non-communicable diseases. Certain chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, strokes, lung diseases and cancers lead to deaths as well as disability in rural areas. Most importantly, coronary artery disease figured among the top five leading causes of DALYs (Disability adjusted life years) lost in current scenario,” he emphasised. Citing multiplicity of issues involved in paradigm shift of disease burden from urban to rural areas, Dr. Sushil said no doubt the burden of these ailments are immense but stressing on preventive aspects of cardiology is a viable strategy to mitigate the burden of CVD and other chronic NCD in rural areas. Residents of the area Vijay Sharma, Subhash Chander, Suresh Kumar, Ravinder Kumar, Jagdish Lal and Davinder Sharma appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness in their area. Others who were part of this campaign included Dr Shahbaz Khan and Dr Dhaneshwer Kapoor. Paramedics and volunteers includes Kamal Sharma, Mohammad Altaf, Gourav Heera, Vikas Kumar, Sandeep Kohli, Rajinder Singh, Suresh Baigra, Anmol Singh, Maninder Singh, Lovely Kumar, Kirtibhat and Rajkumar.
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