‘49% population in Himachal under hypertension’


Shimla: Emphasizing the need for creating nephrology treatment facilities at the district level hospitals in Himachal Pradesh, renowned nephrologist Dr Devendra Rana, who head of nephrology department Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, said that 49 per cent of the state’s population was suffering from hypertension and 32 per cent from diabetes.
“The situation is worrisome and calls for a serious thought for incorporation of nephrology treatment facilities in the basic health infrastructure at all levels and at affordable cost,” he said. He was speaking at the valedictory function of four-day seminar on Post Graduate Nephrology-2008 organized by New Delhi Kidney Care Foundation in collaboration with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic, USA, held here on late Tuesday evening.
Dr Rana, who hails from Dasmal village in Hamirpur, has set up a free-telemedicine centre in his village Dasmal, which is linked with medical facilities at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Prof. Vidya Acharya, another world renowned nephrologist observed that due to best maintained environment the people in Himachal were lesser prone to a number of ailments but the modern living conditions were responsible to affect the hill people as well.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that Himachal Pradesh had upgraded its health infrastructure to create quality health network with latest medical requirements, in public and private sectors. He said that the modernization of the health sector would be carried to maintain quality health service. He said that in an era where the Ayurvedic treatment was gaining popularity world over, it had been given impetus within the state with network of about 1118 Ayurvedic health institutions.

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