LoC firing impacts health of border dwellers: Dr Sushil

HoD Cardiology GMC Jammu examining a patient at Gurudwara Dheri Sahab in Poonch on Sunday.
HoD Cardiology GMC Jammu examining a patient at Gurudwara Dheri Sahab in Poonch on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
Poonch, Nov 5: Attributing recent skirmishes adjoining areas near LoC as one of the most important challenges to public health Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology, GMC organised a day long camp at Gurudwara Dheri Sahab, in Khari village near trade centre here today.
The camp was inaugurated by the Dr. Sushil Sharma along with Rajeev Pandey, SSP Poonch, Gurjit Singh, cardio vascular surgeon in the presence of  Harcharn Singh Khalsa, Hazara Singh, Hardev Singh and  numerous disciples of the Gurudwara and local residents.
Calling for the adoption of a complex, interdisciplinary and multisectoral approach to thwart the culture of violence, he elaborated the wider ramifications of the uncertainty and fear caused by such incidents on the health of the common populace.
“In addition to direct consequences, it has several indirect consequences, including long-term physical and psychological adverse health effects, displacement of people, damage to the environment, drainage of human, financial and other resources away from public health and other socially productive activities and fostering of a culture of violence. Many public health issues can be both a consequence and a cause of war, including infectious diseases, mental health disorders, vulnerability of population groups, disparities in health status within and among countries and weakening of human rights. The overwhelming weight of evidence indicates that physical and social characteristics of neighbourhoods influence health in important ways, including by shaping choices and behaviours,” Dr Sharma asserted.
During his interaction with the people attending the medical camp, Dr Sushil asserted that when it comes to health impact, characteristics of both people and places matter.
Since stress, hypertension, lipid abnormalities were very high among the patients examined in the camp, he maintained that  it is a matter of common observance that the turbulence along the border didn’t let the residents breathe sigh of relief and repeated violation of ceasefire further push them to a situation which is full of stress, fear and unpredictable sufferings.
More than 500 patients were examined, screened and diagnosed for various health ailments. Diagnostic tests were also performed and free medicines were also distributed among the patients.
Others who were part of this awareness drive included Dr S C Raina  Dr. Nazar Hussain, Dr Sahil Sharma, Dr. Bhupinder Singh, Dr. Abhineet Raina. Dr.Vivak M. Arya (social Activist and scientist), Karnesh Kumar, Bansi Lal Sharma, Kuljeet Thakur, Jasbir Singh, Ravinder Kumar Bitta, Bhajan Singh. Paramedics and Volunteers included Kashmiri Lal, Raghav Rajput, Gourav Sharma, Aman Gupta, Akshay Kumar, Shanail Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Paramjeet Singh, Raj Kumar, Jarnail Singh  and Vikas kumar.