Mumbai: An increasing number of policemen in the city are suffering from serious ailments like diabetes and hypertension, that are the result of their erratic lifestyles and which can even lead to a heart attack.
Explaining the situation, Dr S M Patil, police surgeon, Nagpada Police Hospital, said the reason why diabetes is so rampant among policemen is that they suffer from high stress levels, which is mainly because of the nature of their work. “Though in some cases diabetes may be hereditary, in other cases it is because the policemen do not have a proper diet and do not eat at regular intervals,” he said.
Another serious problem that is being noticed among the 45,000 strong police force in the city is hypertension, which is also known as high blood pressure. The reason for this is again stress at work associated with other problems like obesity and many of the cops may not even be aware of their condition, he added. For this reason, there are regular camps organised by the police hospital where they are encouraged to undergo tests that can help them to diagnose these conditions.
The police surgeon said that apart from the police hospital, there is a sub hospital at Naigaon and dispensaries at Dadar, Ghatkopar, Marol, Kandivali, Ghatkopar and Tardeo where the personnel are examined on a regular basis.
Senior physician at the police hospital, Dr AR Chavan, concurred that diabetes has emerged as the single largest cause for concern for policemen and this is causing heart attacks and other complications among them. “We have been making serious efforts to educate the policemen in making lifestyle changes so that there is less of stress in them and they follow a more regular lifestyle,” he said. They are even referred to counselors and psychiatrists if needed so that the cause of stress can be identified and it can be taken care of.
The police surgeon said that with this situation in mind, they have brought in various kinds of equipment for diagnosis and treatment of diseases. “For example, we have ultra sonography, 2D echo, color Doppler that can help in spotting the disease early,” Dr Patil said. There are also senior honorary doctors who come to
the police hospital on a regular basis and offer their expert services to the staff. Further, to provide high quality treatment to the policemen, the state government has also introduced a system of cashless treatment at 34 hospitals in the city.”We have identified around 32 diseases which can be treated at any of the hospitals that are covered under the scheme so that the patients can get the best treatment at an institution of their choice,” he explained.
According to Dr Patil, they had recently carried out a mega camp of policemen over 40 years of age and a large number were covered under this. A complete body profile was carried out of all these persons and depending on the findings they were referred to specialists for follow up.”After all, only that police force which is in good health will in a condition to provide good law and order to the city,” he pointed out.
The following statistics will indicate the high number of cases of diabetes and blood pressure that have been recorded in the police force between April 2015 and March 2016.
Total number of patients examined 154310
Total number of diabetes patients 8114
Total number of high BP patients 11644
Total number of fever cases 454