Poonch, Nov 05: Attributing recent skirmishes adjoining areas near LOC as one of the most important challenges to public health Dr. Sushil Sharma organised a day long camp at Gurudwara Dheri Sahab, in the Khari Village near trade center LOC which often remains in news owing to the cease fire violations. The camp was inaugurated by the Dr. Sushil Sharma along with Rajeev Pandey IPS, SSP Poonch , Dr. Gurjit Singh, cardio vascular surgeon in the presence of S. Harcharn Singh Khalsa , S.Hazara Singh, S. Hardev Singh and numerous disciple 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. The extremity of the current situation can be gauged from the fact that the year 2017 has seen the highest number of ceasefire violations in a decade. Skirmishes on LOC have profound impacts on human health.
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, he added.
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. Such stressful life situations contribute to heart diseases and even affect behaviours and factors that increase heart disease risk like high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.Since there is positive correlation between stress and heart diseases there is need to follow proper strategies to cope up stressful conditions by doing daily exercise to help you feel good and further advised to have balanced diet, limit alcohol intake, avoid nicotine and caffeine, get enough sleep and maintain a positive attitude. Having too much stress for too long is certainly bad for heart, he advised
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 includes 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 includes Kashmiri Lal, Raghav Rajput , Gourav Sharma , Aman Gupta, Akshay Kumar , Shanail Gupta , Rajinder Singh , Paramjeet Singh, Raj Kumar, Jarnail Singh and Vikas kumar.