Attributing Pollens of Russian poplar trees for allergies is a misinterpretation of Science: Health experts
Srinagar, May 17 (ANH): In wake of public concern regarding spread of pollen of Russian poplar trees, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad Tuesday chaired a meeting here in the Meeting Hall of DC Office to chalk out the strategy and mitigation measures to overcome the pollen-related problems in the city.
Besides, Senior Health Experts of Valley including Dr Naveed Nazir, Dr Taha from SKIMS, Community Health Expert Dr Salim, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Assistant Commissioner Development, Sub Divisional Magistrate West, Assistant Commissioner Panchayats, all City Tehsildars, District Panchayat Officer, All Block Development Officers, DFO Urban, DFO Social Forestry and other concerned were present in the meeting.
The meeting focused on all aspects relating to the Russian Poplar trees in the Srinagar District. While deliberating upon the issue, the Deputy Commissioner sought suggestions and opinions from the Health Experts and other Officers present in the meeting.
The Health experts unanimously refuted the popular misconception to blame poplar trees for allergy like throat infection, cough, itchy eyes and runny noses. They said that the actual fluffy particles seen in the air are actually massive particles and they don’t cause allergies of such concern. However, it could be a carrier of some of the other pollen and fungal infections that cause allergic reactions.
They said It is very important to make people aware that cotton seeds of female poplars do not induce any allergic conditions in humans.
They further said that there is no authentic research from any expert from the field of forestry or any medical report that has so far revealed that cotton from female poplars or pollens from male Poplars directly cause any allergy or health issue. The problem of flying cotton fluffs can be tackled through systematic research and adopting short and long term measures. One of the steps could be pruning well ahead of pollination and adapting plantation of hybrid new age poplars free of cotton fluffs.
The meeting was further informed that it is very important to make people aware that cotton seeds of female poplars do not induce any allergic conditions in humans. However, it could be a carrier of some of the pollen and fungal infections that cause allergic reactions. People may be already suffering from allergies due to invisible pollens. An awareness campaign and set of precautionary measures can be given especially by the Health and Forest Departments.
After hearing the opinions and suggestions of health experts, the Deputy Commissioner stressed on making people aware about the public misconception about the cotton seeds of female poplars causing allergic conditions in humans.
Pertinent to mention that on the directions of High Court, J&K Government constituted a Committee Ref: OWP No.834/2015 & Government order No. 167 RD and PR of 2014 Dated 24-06-2015
Regarding respiratory allergies due to Russian poplar, the Committee comprising of Dr S A Zargar, Director SKIMS, Srinagar, Dr Rafiq Ahmad Pampori , Principal GMC, Srinagar, Dr Sameer Mattoo, Director Health services, Kashmir, Dr Rafi Jan, Professor Pulmonary Medicine, SKIMS, Dr Ghulam Hassan, Physician /Allergist, GMC, Srinagar, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, HOD Chest Medicine, GMC, Srinagar, Dr Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendant , SKIMS and Dr Roohi Rasool , Allergist/Immunologist, SKIMS to assess the Impact of pollen of Russian poplar on the health of General masses.
The Committee submitted its findings and recommends that keeping the multi factorial origin of allergies in view, the problem of flying cotton can be tackled thru systemic research, monitoring and adopting several measures.
The Committee also underscored the importance of Poplar trees in terms of environmental cleaning and economical value cannot be underestimated. It also stressed that there is need for awareness and educating people for growing Poplars in balanced ratio of male and female varieties so that in future we may not experience profuse pollen/cotton in air beyond its carrying capacity. Above all there is urgent need to develop better clones in future that will take care of every aspect related to poplar plantation including cotton dehiscence. By destroying these greenery contributing trees Kashmir will take shape of desert and there is threat of environmental hazards.
Record 23.7 cm long appendix removed from female patient in Anantnag
Doctors at Al-hayat Hospital in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district have registered a record by removing the longest appendix ever in the country.
A team of doctors headed by Dr Azad Hussain recently operated a 20-year-old female patient and removed 23.7 centimetres (9 inches) long appendix from her body.
Dr Azad told Asian News Hub (ANH), that the patient was operated through laparoscopic procedure and was discharged from the hospital in good condition, health.
He said, that the specimen is designated to be preserved at the GMC Pathology museum, serving as an educational resource for future learning endeavors.
The average length of the appendix is 4.5 cm in neonates and 9.5 cm in adults, but this may vary between 2 cm to 20 cm. The longest appendix reported in the literature measured 26 cm removed from 72 year old during an autopsy in Croatia in 2006 (Guinness World Records).
DH Shopian performs first advanced laparoscopic procedure
A first of its kind, Laparoscopic, Trans-abdominal Preperitoneal (TAPP) Meshplasty for inguinal indirect hernia was today performed at District Hospital, Shopian.
The procedure was done by a team consisting of Consultant Surgeons, Dr.Mohamad Shafi, Dr. Taj-din assisted by OT technicians. The Anaesthesia team consisted of Dr. Atif, Dr. Irfan and D. Shabir.
Based on clinical examination and relevant investigations, TAPP was planned and successfully done and the patient was discharged on the 2nd post operative day, informed the MS DH.
All logistic support was provided by MS District Hospital Shopian, Dr Rubeena Maqbool.
The procedure including medicine was done free of cost under the scheme of AB- PMJAY.
Ilizarov technique at B&J hospital Srinagar transformes lives
Ilizarov, a Russian technique established at bone and joint hospital by Dr Altaf Ahmad Kawoosa Head of Department, is proving to be a boon for orthopaedic patients as this technique has been transforming lives of people having no hopes of successful treatment.
Several patients who spoke to news agency—KNO said that they came raw and hopeless from Delhi, Chandigarh and other areas but at B&J hospital Srinagar, they were treated successfully.
Feroz Ahmad (name changed) one of such patients from Pampore area of Pulwama told that he had fractured his leg in his childhood but after years long treatment locally and even outside J&K for treatment worsened condition and remained disabled for nearly 25 years.
“I was hopeless as I wasn’t able to walk for a long time and after that one of our relatives told me to visit B&J hospital Srinagar,” he said, adding, Dr Altaf at first sight advised me to be patient and that I would be fine very soon.
Feroz said he was unable to even walk or stand well but with Dr Altaf’s treatment, he is 95 percent fit and has been doing all the work now like normal people do.
Dr Altaf treated me for around 17 consecutive months at the hospital and finally my treatment was successful.
Mashooq Ahmad (name changed) another patient from DH Pora Kulgam told that he had fractured his leg during childhood and due to infection, one bone was removed from the leg.
“Due to removing one bone, my affected leg was at least 9 inch shorter than the other and I even went to Delhi for treatment for around two years but there was no improvement,” he said.
“I wasn’t able to walk without support and then suddenly there was pain in my other leg and I went to B&J hospital for treatment,” he said.
“Dr Altaf’s sight fell on me and he came to me and enquired all about my leg that was around 1 feet shorter than other leg but I tried to neglect him as I was hopeless as even I didn’t see any improvement when I was treated at AIIMS,” he said.
“Dr Altaf at first sight told me that he will lengthen my short leg and treat other associated deformities. I hadn’t even thought in my dream that I could walk without support,” he said.
“He treated me for around two years and my leg is now only one inch shorter now and I have been doing all the work without any support and all credit goes to Dr Altaf,” he said.
Parents of other patients from the Pahalgam area said their child had feet backwards and were successfully treated at B&J hospital at Srinagar by Dr Altaf Kawoosa.
They said that one of his feet is 100 percent fit while the other has already recovered 80 percent and it is expected that his feet will also become fit in the coming months.
Other patients also said that they came raw from other states after year long treatments but were treated successfully through Ilizarov technique at Bone and Joint hospital by Dr Altaf. More than 1300 patients with such severe deformities due to fractures, non unions. Congenital anomalies like difficult club feet and neglected congenital dislocations, cerebral palsy and poliomyelitis have been successfully dealt with at bone and Joint surgery Hospital.
Notably, Ilizarov technique is a surgery involving an orthopedic external fixator applied to the limb to reconstruct, reshape or lengthen bones (usually of the limb).
External fixation is a surgical treatment where wires are passed through an incision into the affected bone and attached to a stabilizing frame encircling the affected limb.
Ilizarov surgery involves the use of a special device called an ‘Ilizarov apparatus or Ilizarov fixator’. It is recommended in difficult cases that are not amenable to conventional reconstruction techniques.
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