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Challenges and the World of Medicine

Submitted by on August 24, 2012 – 5:48 PM 4 Comments

We are living in an age where diseases abound each and every corner, pollution of all forms infiltrate the earth as well as ozone layer in an unprecedented manner. Challenges to curb the viciously- affecting endemics, epidemics, chronic diseases or acute attacks have become manifold and fiercer as never before because of these antagonisms to human health steeped in our environment. One can relate that around a decade back , diabetes and deaths due to cardiac arrests were known to the old age group only, but no one could contemplate the prevalence of these diseases in just any age groups as we see today.

It would not be wrong to say that the extremely hectic metropolitan lives of people has not left them with any time or energy to take care of their health or soothe their exhausted minds and bodies. This can be attributed to the ever increasing work pressure that leads them to fall into various social as well as occupation induced psychological traumas as well as stress-triggered physical infirmities like obesity, diabetes, digestive problem, Alzheimer’s, asthma, heart diseases and consequently premature death.

Furthermore, economic disparity and medical inaccessibility to various small and remote villages of many Asian countries makes things worse for the people over here as well as extends the probability of the spread of disease to the places nearby. For example the recent Japanese encephalitis outbreaks that started in Gorakhpur, a small village in U.P, because of lack of timely and adequate attention it has claimed almost 376 lives in U.P and moved viciously to Delhi too.

 Challenges to the medical personnel are clear and manifested in the rising numbers of death due to many curable and manageable diseases like malaria, dengue fever or tuberculosis that can be have well managed with timely and adequate treatment.

 Lapses in the medical fabric and framework are also responsible for the growing unease and distrust among the masses with regards to their treatment and cure of the numerous diseases. To state it candidly the negligence of doctors in the government hospitals on one hand, and the money-making tendency of the medicos in the private hospitals on the other, makes things extremely difficult for the patients from “not so affording” backgrounds. This needs to be regulated down as early as possible in a rightful and ethical manner.

We see that challenges and concerns confronting the medical entity for the public health is at an all time high and at a crucial stake as one can make out very clearly from the status quo.

Though it’s not an easy task in any way, but can be mitigated by taking into account one’s single-minded, responsible and scrupulous attitude of rendering of medical service without any mal intent or prejudice towards any one. This can be ensured by integrity of the medical community.

And most importantly every individual needs to possess and inculcate an optimum level of health and hygiene consciousness to be able to choose the right medical service in relation to the severity of diseases. Thus we can hope for a remedial approach if not a holistic solution at acquiring a trustworthy and enduring health service for the patients sometime soon.

About the author: Fayezah Iqbal is a student of B.A (Hons) Spanish at The Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She has completed her B.Sc in Radiology from Sikkim Manipal University, India. She can be reached at: [email protected]

About this article: This article is competing for the JPMS International Medical Writing Contest 2012 for the theme: Challenges in Public/Global Health


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