Energizing, enthusiastic initiative by GMC Cardiologists led by Dr Sushil Sharma, C-3 Interventional Academy, Orlando
State Times NewsJAMMU: Confusion, Chaos and COVID seems synonymous in present context and eventually lead to stressful conditions around thereby inviting numerous associated ailments and adding to the already alarming morbidity and mortality graph told Dr. Sushil Sharma at the outset of inaugurating walkathon on the World Heart Day.He, however, revealed that nothing is more powerful than human resolve which can be ascertained with the Jammuites pledge to participate in the walkathon as well as by the huge response received with participation from all the sections of society while maintaining social distancing norms.He further informed that the impact of this campaign is evident by the fact that it got support from cardiologists from C-3 Interventional Academy, Orlando, USA.This walkathon was organised with reference to the World Heart Day, so as to make people aware how to keep a healthy heart so as to avoid morbidity and mortality particularly in times of COVID when already we have suffered millions of deaths worldwide.This year the theme was use your heart to beat cardiovascular diseases, and all the participants were made aware to use their head, influence and compassion to beat the cardiovascular diseases.The main concern to organise this walkathon was to address the ever rising trend of CVDs which take the lives of 17.9 million people every year, 31% of all global deaths. Triggering these diseases-which manifest primarily as heart attacks and strokes-are tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol.Walkathon was started from Bikram Chowk and culminated at Superspeciality Hospital, Jammu. At the outset Dr Mohan Lal and Dr Arvind Kohli informed the participants how to stay healthy and how to prevent any complications in patients who already have cardiovascular disease.With reference to COVID they strongly advocated to maintain the respiratory etiquette and hygiene and not to take any over the counter medications for COVID positive patients as it can lead further increase in the mortality in maximum number of cases particularly in cases of those afflicted with cardiovascular ailments.Among the prominent dignitaries who attended the event included Justice Sanjeev Kumar (High Court, J&K), Chandermohan Gupta (Mayor, Jammu City) and Mukesh Singh (IGP, Jammu).While addressing the participants Justice Sanjeev Kumar laid stress on the preventive aspect of this problem and underlined the fact that he has seen working Dr Sushil sensitising common populace for CVDs through his awareness cum health check up camps on a regular basis. The same resolve and approach can be instrumental in mitigating the burden of this current pandemic also.Finally emphasising on multidisciplinary approach to mitigate havoc created by the current pandemic, Dr. Sushil opined that individuals, communities and businesses have responded to the pandemic in incredible ways, supporting each other as well as those who were vulnerable. He appealed that when the entire human race is battling with this pandemic we all should stand in solidarity with one another and boost the morale of healthcare and other workers working on the frontline so as to tide over this crisis contentiously and peacefully with minimizing the mortality and morbidity.The walkathon concluded with the release of balloons bearing messages like Beat CVD, Quit Smoking, Healthy Diet, Physical activity, Maintain adequate blood pressure, Control diabetes, cholesterol level and de-stress.Others who supported and participated in this campaign included Advocate D.S Chauhan, Dr Arun Sharma, Amit Sharma (Administrator), Dr Nasir Choudhary, Vijay Sharma, Dileep Kumar (BDC, Chairman), Ayoudhya Gupta and Dr Vivak Arya.
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