Goalpara, January 24, 2015: Inadequate awareness and attention about potential health problems that can be treated or prevented is adversely affecting Goalpara district of Assam, according to a study. Guwahati-based multi-specialty hospital chain, GNRC Hospitals, presented the study to the media by analyzing data from records of last 17 years maintained by GNRC and various other publicly available sources.
Speaking on the occasion, eminent Neurosurgeon and Director- Market Promotion and Brand Development of GNRC Dr. Navanil Barua, said: “Even 67 years after independence, we are yet to sufficiently address the suffering of our people, when it comes to healthcare. We all know that ‘health is wealth’. The corollary is that lack of health adversely affects not only the population’s physical well-being but also its mental, social and economic well-being. A healthy population is also one that is energetic, one that contributes to and drives the economy. So, as conscionable members of society, it is our responsibility to relentlessly endeavour to progress in the direction of ‘Health for All, Smiles for All’. We, at GNRC, have adopted this as our guiding principle.”
According to the study, the overall percentage of epilepsy cases in Goalpara that do not receive appropriate medical treatment is 99.49% while Kamrup district recorded the lowest rate of non-treatment – at 96.68%. The study also reported that every year, 1678 (estimated) people in Goalpara suffer stroke; 50,952 people are afflicted by Coronary Artery Disease and 1,74,045 people fall victim to Hypertension. On trauma, GNRC’s study quoted a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report which stated that with 50.4% deaths in Assam caused by road accidents, while in Goalpara district 78 deaths occurred in 2013 and 25 deaths by March 2014.
Requesting the media to support the healthcare providers’ mission, Dr. Barua stated that the primary cause of lack of treatment or inadequate attention to prevention was lack of awareness. “Today, early intervention through modern medicine and proper lifestyle management can prevent or address the overwhelming majority of cases of conditions such as epilepsy, coronary artery disease, hypertension and trauma incidents. Yet, they happen and result in death or crippling of many members of society – who would otherwise be healthy individuals contributing to the welfare and progress of society. This is simply because of the ignorance of society. Only media can help us take this message of preventive healthcare and early intervention to each and every family of Goalpara, and thereby serve the cause of society-building and nation-building,” Dr. Barua said. “I request media to support us to fulfill the objective of “Health for All, Smiles for All,” he concluded.