Challenges in CVD call for action: Dr Sushil

HoD Cardiology GMC & SSH Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at Gadi Garh on Sunday.
HoD Cardiology GMC & SSH Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at Gadi Garh on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 21: Continuing his relentless efforts in screening and educating the masses at grassroots levels so as to provide healthcare at each and every doorstep, Head Department of Cardiology GMCH Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma held a day long cardiac awareness cum health check up camp at village Rohi Morh, Tehsil Gadi Garh , Jammu in the memory of Yashpal Sharma who was a visionary and philantropic figure of whole Pir Panjal area and contributed his whole time in upliftment of downtrodden sections of society in all fields particularly with respect to health and education.
Dr Sushil Sharma while remembering the contributions towards community awareness regarding various aspects of health and rich legacy left behind by Yashpal Sharma stated that Cardiovascular mortality trends differ substantially among different groups, and the evolving picture is complex and multidimensional. Outcomes and quality continue to vary by sex, race, and ethnicity.
‚ÄúDisparities may be attributable to lower access to basic primary care and treatments to modify cardiovascular risk factors, challenges with social determinants (eg, income and educational attainment), and modifiable risk factors (eg, diet, physical activity, and smoking).He called upon to lay stress on risk factor modifications, patient engagement and involvement, correct diagnosis, adherence and proper use of first-line treatments, proper use of advanced treatments, and better use of supportive services so as to provide equitable and affordable cardiac healthcare in each nook and corner and hence overcome the major challenges in delivery of services right from the base to apex of societal pyramid”, he said.
He elaborated that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally. Over three quarters of CVD deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries. Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioural risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. At least three-quarters of the world’s deaths from CVDs occur in low- and middle-income countries.
“People living in low- and middle-income countries often do not have the benefit of primary health care programmes for early detection and treatment of people with risk factors for CVDs. People in low- and middle-income countries who suffer from CVDs and other non communicable diseases have less access to effective and equitable health care services which respond to their needs. As a result, for many people in these countries detection is often late in the course of the disease and people die at a younger age from CVDs and other non communicable diseases, often in their most productive years,” Dr Sharma said.
Others who were part of the camp include Dr Yashwant Sharma and Dr Dhaneshwer kapoor. Paramedics and volunteers include Raghav Rajput, Ranjeet Singh, Rajkumar, Aman Gupta, Rohit Nayyar, Amish Jamwal, Jatin Bhasin, Vikas Kumar, Faisal Rashid, Amnish Datta, Maninder Singh, Arun Singh, Vikas Sabharwal, Ankush Kohli and Nirvair Singh Bali.