Srinagar: A health checkup carried out during the ongoing Assembly session has shown that most legislators participating in the ongoing Assembly session are hypertensive.
At a medical camp organised by the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir and Chief Medical Officer Srinagar during the session, the doctors found stress, respiratory tract infections, stomach disorders, and diabetes as the most-common health issues among the legislators, including the ministers and MLAs.
Dr Ghulam Qadir Shah, who heads the camp, said: “This session has been calm so far; no one got injured. But the overall health of the ministers and MLAs has remained unchanged since the last session: most of them have hypertension and they are still living with it.”
“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed too was hypertensive, but his stress level was under control. During the last year’s Assembly session, I did his check up and found out that he too was hypertensive,” said Dr Shah, who has been involved in healthcare activities at the Assembly Secretariat for the last 15 years.
In 2004 and 2008, he organised a screening programme for the ministers and MLAs. His investigations showed that most of the legislators had a high level of cholesterol as well.
“I think the ministers are really stressed out and, therefore, hypertensive. Also, they don’t take good care of their health. Their approach is quite casual, because I have to repeat this year the advice that I gave them the last year,” he said.
The medical camp is set up every Assembly session to meet the possible exigencies. However, it, according to Dr Shah, isn’t equipped to deal with any emergency cases.
“We are short of drugs and emergency equipments; we just have an ECG machine and some oxygen masks. We don’t even have a cardiologist available for the ministers and MLAs carrying cardiac problems. In the recent past, we did see legislators complain of chest pain,” he said.