STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Focusing his resolve to adopt a holistic health model encompassing modern medical advancement and traditional health expertise to contain the onset of cardiovascular diseases in rural areas, Dr. Sushil Sharma and his team conducted a day long health camp in remote Gujroo Nagrota area of Billawar District. Contrary to the idealised notion that people in rural areas are much healthier than their urban counterparts, he said that the health indices in rural areas are constantly soaring. Apart from the interplay of various physical and economic factors viz. accessibility and affordability, the shift in rural lifestyle and loss of traditional health expertise too contributed in the rise of various morbidities and mortalities in such areas, he added. More than 250 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements. While interacting with the people, Dr Sushil stated that in the present scenario, Indian rural health care faces a crisis unmatched to any other social sector. Nearly 80 per cent of all medical visit in India are made by ruralites with majority still travelling more than 100km to avail health care facility of which 70-80 per cent is born out of pocket landing them in poverty, he said adding that though existing infrastructural setup for providing health care in rural areas is on a right track, yet the qualitative and quantitative availability of primary health care facilities is far less than the defined standards as suggested by various international and national agencies. He stressed that merely focusing on improving health infrastructure in rural areas is not sufficient, there is high need to tap the traditional medical practices and medicines as prevalent in particular localities for preventive, curative and protective health care. Knowledge about the causes of disease, knowledge about the indigenous plant medicine, consumption of subsistence crops, is an important element in preventive, protective and curative health care, he said. He further maintained that the recent studies suggests that indigenous knowledge still plays a crucial role in meeting primary health care needs and could be incorporated into the mainstream health care to offer accessible, affordable and holistic health care. He elaborated that considering the picture of grim facts there is a dire need of new practices and procedures to ensure that quality and timely healthcare reaches the deprived corners of the villages. Management Committee of the Hari Prabhu Sanstha I.D Soni, Jagmohan Gupta, S.C Gupta, Subhash Gupta, Vijay Verma, Dev Verma, K.L Gupta, P.N Jalla and Kuldeep Choudhary appreciated the selfless efforts of Dr Sushil and his team in extending quality healthcare service in far flung area of the Jammu region and expressed hope that such outreach programme will be a regular feature in their area in near future. Others who were part of this compassionate move included Dr. Nasir Ali Choudhary (Cardiologist) and Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor. Paramedics and Volunteers who were part of the team included, Raghav Rajput, Kamal Sharma, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Rohit Chalotra, Rajinder Singh, Akshay kumar, Maninder Singh, Manav Khurana and Rajkumar.
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