STATE TIMES NEWS R S PURA: Emphasising upon the vulnerability being faced by border residents in terms of access and awareness towards health care, Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology SSH, Jammu, and his team conducted a day-long health camp in Bhojpur village of R S Pura Tehsil. The camp was organised on special occasion of culmination of weeklong Shri Ram Katha by Swami Umeshanand Maharaj. Dr Sushil Sharma underlined working of various independent phenomenon and coping strategies exercised by border residents to their pressing medical needs. “Though the people, who are underserved or distant from medical care facilities suffered vulnerability in such areas, involvement of people in various spiritual-religious practices provides necessary psychological support from uncertainty and fear being faced by them owing to their status as border residents. Still new trend emerging out from such areas is migration of border residents in search of quality healthcare services towards main centers of town or cities, a phenomenon commonly observed as health migration,” he stressed. While interacting with patients, Dr Sushil asserted that many psychological and behavioral variables that are co-related with health, operate viciously among people living near border areas and are responsible for onset of many chronic ailments. He maintained that due to prevailing uncertainty among people living in such areas, their vulnerability towards major ailments have increased in alarming proportion. As stress, hypertension, diabetes and lipid abnormalities were very high among the patients examined during camp, Dr Sushil said that there are thousands of people living along borders of Jammu and Kashmir, who are facing harsh realities of life just being border residents. He further elaborated that such stressful life situations contribute to heart diseases and even affect behaviours and factors that in turn increases heart-disease risk. He exhorted to adopt an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to mitigate various physical and psychological adverse health effects being faced by border residents with special emphasis on strengthening the healthcare structures in such areas and to evaluate the trend of migration from such areas owing to health reasons. He further highlighted the need to institutionalise various spiritual practices in the current health framework for proper management and prevention of diseases among such vulnerable groups. Members of the Shri Ram Katha Seva Samiti expressed their gratitude to Dr Sushil and his team for conducting health checkup camp. Among others present on the occasion included Mohinder Singh, Des Raj, Jasbir Singh, Rajinder Kumar and Kartar Chand. More than 250 people were screened, diagnosed and evaluated during the camp. ECG, Blood-Sugar tests were also held and medicines were provided as per requirement. Others, who were part of this humane effort included Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Prabhat Singh Rana. Paramedics and volunteers included Raghav Rajput, Sunil Raina, Rohit Khajuria, Vikas Kumar Manav Khurana, Kirti Bhat, Akshay Kumar, Aman Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Harvinder Singh, Vijay Sharma, Kamal Kishore, Rohit Chalotra and Rajkumar.
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