June 2003 News

Stress, Obesity Ail Most J-K Legislators

18 June 2003
The Indian Express
Muzamil Jaleel

Srinagar: Inside, they debate and dispute the health of the government, diagnose the problems and prescribe remedies but, as one by one J-K legislators and ministers stepped out of the Assembly hall today to attend this special health camp, they shared almost the same concerns. Hypertension, Ischemic heart ailment and obesity are common. 'We have already checked 70 of them. Problems like hypertension, Ischemic heart disease and obesity are common and the reason is their stressful life,' said physician specialist Dr Gulzar Ahmad. The camp, monitored personally by State Health Minister Lal Singh, has been organised for a complete health check-up of the legislators and ministers. 'There is hardly anybody who goes for a medical check-up without being ill and these people are especially busy. So we thought of checking their personal health,' said Dr M.A. Banka, Deputy Director, J-K Health Services. A cardiologist from Sher- e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Ajaz Lone said that he witnessed hypertension as a common problem. 'We have also come across hyperlipidemia. And obesity is one of the common problems which gives rise to other problems,' he said. The examination threw up several surprises as well. Almost half-a-dozen 'hail and hearty' legislators were detected with kidney stones while a few more were diagnosed with cysts and were advised specialised treatment. The case of Bandipore legislator was especially interesting. A former militant commander- turned-politician, Usman Majeed is a stout youngman, who would always boast about his sports background, clean eating habits and thus a good health. But when he was checked, his blood pressure too was high. Then he suddenly recalled his recurring headaches and body pains. For the old and frail among the legislators, it was a chance to update themselves on the status of their diseases. Dy CM Mangat Ram Sharma's heart is already not very well, so he got several tests done. Among those who gave the camp a miss were young legislators like 28-year-old Qaisar Jamsheed Lone and People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti. Mehbooba was reportedly busy with the proceedings of the House where she actually acts more of an opposition and loses no opportunity to hit at her own party for every delay or miss. Ironically, the only high-profile legislator who had no problems at all was the Health Minister himself.


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