Asian Medical Students’ Association,West Bengal,India Chapter organized a health camp recently at Shree Jain Vidyalaya to spread awareness about hypertension.
A similar programme was conducted by the Pakistan Chapter of AMSA. Participating students hailed from different medical colleges of Kolkata including R.G.Kar Medical College, NRS Medical College, College of Medicine and JNM Hospital, Kalyani, ESI Medical College, Calcutta National Medical College, KPC Medical College and Medical College Kolkata. Participating colleges from Pakistan included Peshawar Medical College, KUST Institute of Medical Sciences, Jinnah Medical College, Pak International Medical College and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences.
The medicos narrated how stress and strain along with changing lifestyles have brought in diseases like hypertension and other non-communicable diseases,which often assume alarming proportions. For which there is the necessity of generating awareness of these diseases among both the young and the elderly population.
With this purpose,the students,interns and house staff of 6 medical colleges of Bengal joined hands to conduct a screening session followed by a clinical check up and counseling for common lifestyle diseases among the students,staff and guardians of Shree Jain Vidyalaya, Kolkata. Doctors from the Indian Railway Medical Service supervised the camp.
Personal data and medical history of each individual was collected, followed by a general health and eye check up and a personal counseling session on diet,sleep disorders,lifestyle management,hypertension,de-addiction and common non-communicable diseases.
The camp was successful in generating a favorable response among the target group. AMSA resolves to conduct more such programmes in the future to spread the message of healthy living.