JAMMU: Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) organized a mega camp at SDDM Hospital, Channi Himmat, Jammu to screen patients. The team of doctors led by Dr. T S Kler, Executive Director, Cardiac Sciences, Dr Vijay Kher, Chairman, Urology & Renal Transplantation screened almost 50 patients at the day-long camp. The patients hailed from areas in and around Jammu and Srinagar.
Acccording to an official press note isuued here, the objective of the OPD was to offer quality healthcare access to the people residing in Jammu, Srinagar and other adjacent areas. Overall the camp revealed some interesting and surprising trends from the region. Many of the patients screened suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes and also symptoms of kidney diseases. All the patients screened at the camp were counseled on ‘preventive and corrective measures’ that can be taken to prevent and manage their health, which included advisories on diet, exercises and type of lifestyle. Notably, these areas have very less number of health centres and not so equipped nursing homes.
According to Dr T S Kler, the camp revealed that the rural populations are also equally vulnerable to non-communicable diseases/lifestyle diseases.
He said that lack of awareness about preventive health, and high tobacco consumption leads to cardio-vascular diseases. “Considerable public awareness needs to be created to tackle other related degenerative diseases among these people. Faulty diets, low levels of awareness and delay in treatment are some key factors about which the public needs to be advised about,” he added.
Sharing his thoughts, Dr Vijay Kher said that such health camps offer us a vital opportunity to screen people suffering from serious ailments. “Geographically and politically, this is an extremely challenging region, where access to quality healthcare is very limited. FEHI’s attempt to organize a camp in this area gave us the opportunity to deliver, and the people here a scope to learn the importance of quality healthcare,” Dr Kher added.