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Breastfeeding mothers have less chances of acquiring deadly diseases: Dr Muzaffar Jan



Srinagar, Sept 10: Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short and long-term illnesses and diseases and breastfeeding mothers have less chances of deadly diseases besides that breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), said a senior paediatrician Dr Muzaffar Jan.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), on the side lines of national neuro Pedicon 2022 conference at SKICC Srinagar, Dr Jan who is head of department of paediatrics Government Medical College Srinagar said that breastfeeding has no parallel and it is best for both mother and children as it helps in brain development of the baby.

“Babies who aren’t breastfed often fall ill and the rate of exclusive breastfeeding is around 60 percent and we are making efforts to make it 100 percent.” He said.

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Mobile addiction of children affects their eyes besides that it creates weight problems and affects the holistic development of the children and gradually it affects their other things, he said adding that parents must involve their children in outdoor games and interact with them and minimize their screen time.

Dr Jan said that conferences help us in sharing knowledge and experiences and it will help in upgrading knowledge of our doctors which will help us in treatment of patients as well.

“As medicines keep on changing, we get updated about the latest medicines in such conferences which helps us in treatment of patients,” he said.

Jahangeer Ganie is a Pulwama based journalist, currently South Kashmir Bureau head for News Agency Kashmir News Observer-KNO

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Doctors’ body urges people to get influenza vaccine ahead of possible severe flu season



DAK President

Srinagar, Sept 19: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday urged people to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) ahead of possible severe flu season.

“We are expecting a bad flu season, making this year’s flu shot all the more critical,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued here.

Dr Hassan said the past two flu seasons have been milder than usual, with low numbers of cases and very few hospitalizations.

The decline was because of Covid precautions such as face masking and social distancing. People were also traveling less during the height of the pandemic.

“Now that people are out without masks, travelling extensively, business has resumed and children are back to schools, there are more opportunities for the virus to circulate and flu could make a comeback,” he said.

The DAK President said in typical years, a good percentage of the population gets infected with influenza and builds immunity against the infection.

“What we are seeing are a couple of years where we didn’t see infection. So more people may be susceptible to influenza in this season that could lead to higher rates of infection and also more severe cases,” he said.

“Moreover, the southern hemisphere witnessed the worst flu season in five years which is an indication that this could be a bad flu season in the northern hemisphere as well,” he added.

“That makes this season’s flu vaccine vitally important,” said Dr Nisar.

He said everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine before the start of flu season which begins in October and can last late into May. Since it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, it is best to get the vaccine now. However vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season.

This season’s flu vaccine has been updated to better match currently circulating viruses.

“While the vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with medical conditions,” he said.

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Blood donation camps being organised to ensure nobody dies due to unavailability of blood: Advisor Bhatnagar



Says health, medical infrastructure being enhanced in J&K as per requirement

Srinagar, Sept 17: Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, RR Bhatnagar on Saturday said that blood donation camps under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav are being organised across the Union Territory so as to ensure no body dies due to unavailability of blood.

While talking to reporters after inaugurating a blood donation camp at SMHS Srinagar, Bhatnagar, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said the under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, blood donation camps are being organised till October 02 across the country.

He said that the aim behind organising these camps is also to overcome shortage of blood in all blood banks so that no one can face problem in getting blood whenever required.

On being asked why DRDO hospital is being dismantled, he said that health and medical infrastructure is being enhanced in Jammu and Kashmir as per the requirement.

He added that seven new medical colleges, two AIIMS, two cancer institutions are coming up in J&K and paediatric hospital is being made functional.

“Whatever is required in the UT as far as health services and medical education are concerned, decisions are being taken accordingly keeping in view requirement of the people,” he said.

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Frequency of depression on rise in J&K like rest parts of world: Dr Sushil Razdan



Stresses of modern life, education, loneliness, nuclear family, drugs, violence around main reasons behind depression

Srinagar, Sep 12: Like rest parts of the world, the frequency of depression in Jammu and Kashmir are on the rise and there are many reasons behind it, Dr Sushil Razdan said on Monday.

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Dr Razdan, a renowned neurologist while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that frequency of depression is on the rise like rest parts of the country and many people are suffering because of depression. “The main reason behind it include stresses of modern life, stresses in education,  stresses at home, nuclear families, loneliness, presence of drugs in society and violence around,” he said.

He said that depression is in all age groups and behaviour disorders are more besides that due to Covid-19, the number suffering from depression has increased and there are many reasons behind it. “There is a need to catch up depression cases at initial stage which starts from irritability, very less sleeping and there is need to pick up it at initial stage and don’t allow it to grow in symptoms,” Dr Razdan said.

He said that pick up is must besides that appropriate mental health care at primary, tertiary level and family support is must.

“There are many reasons behind neurological issues in babies and it can happen while when baby is in womb of mother, at birth and after day as well and they may be because of genetic, congenital defects, birth trauma, hypoxia, infections, small injuries etc,” the noted doctor said. “If you will visit any hospital, around 25 percent admissions are of neurology and in children it may be above 25 percent as well.”

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