Free Health Check-Up Camp at Halonda, Sawaimadhopur and Sherpur, Rajasthan
A free Medical Health Check-up camp was organised by Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) in collaboration with Global Health and education on 25th October 2015 at Halonda, on 31st October at Sawaimadhopur and on 2nd November 2015 at Sherpur, Rajasthan.
The objective of the camp was to provide information regarding diet, exercise and weight control. Free medicines have been provided to subjects who were diagnosed with HTN and or DM and advised them to follow up with their local doctors or Public Health Centers or with one of our GHE-affiliated doctors. Follow up has been done with those subjects who have been diagnosed with HTN or DM on a regular basis by our trained local volunteers and physicians for compliance with their medications and ascertain that their blood pressure and/or blood sugar are controlled.
Adopt a Patient Program: "Adopt a Patient" program has been started where free medicines has been provided and follow ups to very sick patients who otherwise could not afford medical care. We are already taking care of one of the patients under this program.
Global Health and Education (GHE) sincerely acknowledges the encouragement and support of Honorable Princess Diya Kumari, MLA to help us organize these camps. We also appreciate and acknowledge the support provided by Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), New Delhi, by providing free Glucometers for Diabetes screening. In addition, we acknowledge the encouragement and guidance provided by Dr. Thakor Patel (SEVAK Project) to help us in planning of these camps. We wish to acknowledge the assistance of Ms. Komal Bajpai for providing technical support in preparation of this report and hosting the GHE Website. We are thankful to Lion’s Club of Sawaimadhopur for their support and services provided during these camps. Last but not the least, we appreciate with gratitude the services and support provided by physicians, and para-medical personnel of Sanjeevani Hospital, Sawaimadhopur, Dr. Sharma , Principal Medical Officer, Sawaimadhopur and other local volunteers.
Patient health data was collected for 487 subjects (61.2% men, median age 50 years, 38.8% women, median age 45 years) as part of Free Health Fair for Noninfectious Chronic Diseases initially screening for Hypertension and Diabetes, and also provide counseling for smoking cessation, nutrition, and weight loss in Sawaimadhopur/Ranthambhore, Rajasthan in October 2015/November 2015 with the support of local volunteer physicians and paramedical personnel.
About 24% of these subjects had hypertension, defined as systolic blood pressure (SBP) greater than 140mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) greater than 90mmHg.
Twenty two percent of the subjects exhibited systolic hypertension, 10% of the population was found to have diastolic hypertension, while 8% of the subjects had both systolic and diastolic hypertension
Hypertension was more prevalent among men (25.8%) compared to women (18.5%).
With respect to diabetes, a large proportion of the population was either prediabetic (29%) or diabetic (12%). Only 58% of the subjects were found to have fasting glucose levels in the normal range.
A higher percentage (14.3%) of men were diagnosed with diabetes (Fasting Blood Sugar >126 mg/dL) compared to women (10.6%) while similar percentage of men (27.6%) and women (25.5%) were noted to be prediabetic (Fasting Blood Sugar between 101 125.9mg/dL)
Out of those subjects diagnosed with an abnormal blood pressure, which constituted 33% of the subjects, a majority (66.3%) of these subjects were newly diagnosed as hypertensive.
Similarly, out of those subjects found to have abnormal blood glucose levels, which constituted 12% of the subject population, 74.5% of these subjects were newly diagnosed diabetics. About 17% of the subjects presented with tachycardia (>100 bpm) while 1.9% of the Subjects had bradycardia with pulse rate of <60 bpm.
A large proportion of the population was found to be either underweight (25% with BMI <18.5) or overweight (27% with BMI between 23 and 27.9) / obese (16% with BMI 28 +).
Only 31% of the subjects had normal BMI between 18.5 and 22.9. 17.5% of the women were obese compared to 11.4% of men, while 29.5 % of the men were overweight compared to 24.9% of women.
A higher percentage (32.8%) of women were underweight compared to men (26.5%).