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job hazards: Most UT traffic cops suffer from hypertension,respiratory illness

Managing traffic on the city’s roads seems to be taking its toll on the Chandigarh Traffic Police.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 3, 2012 3:10:20 am

Managing traffic on the city’s roads seems to be taking its toll on the Chandigarh Traffic Police. Doctors at a free medical camp,at the Traffic Lines in Sector 29 on Tuesday,have discovered that a majority of the Chandigarh Traffic personnel suffer from ailments like hypertension,obesity,lower limb weakness,respiratory problems and a lack of calcium in the bones.

More than 125 police personnel from Traffic Wing were examined during the medical camp – that was organised by the Traffic department in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company on Tuesday. Tests like the pulmonary function test (which detects respiratory problems) and ones to detect blood sugar,bone marrow levels,blood pressure,were conducted by a five member team from two private hospitals.

According to Ajay Puri,a representative of the drug company which conducted the camp,over 40 policeman were found to be diabetic while 50-60 of them were found to suffer from hypertension. The list of problems does not end here as over 20 personnel were obese and around 23-25 were found to be suffering from respiratory problems.

“ Many personnel suffering from diabetics are already on medication while the people suffering from respiratory problems are in their early stage barring a few. Dust,pollen and pollution on the city roads are the major contributing factor for the respiratory problems,” said Dr Arun Girdhar,a doctor at the camp.

“ During the tests we found that a large number of traffic personnel,who attended the camp,are suffering from lower limb weakness and had complained of back pain. This is due to the long hours that they have to stand. Over 60 per cent of the traffic personnel lacked calcium in their bones,” Dr Girdhar added.

Speaking to Newsline,Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Vijay Kumar said: “The health camp was a way to increase awareness on health and take steps towards improving food habits. Many of the personnel were advised medical help for their problems,while some are already on medication.” He added that the Police Department has been conducting medical examination of its police personnel every year.

“ As traffic policemen are prone to respiratory problems due to standing on the roadside in pollution,we had provided masks to them,which would protect them against such problems. The traffic personnel in the field,however,have not been using them,” the Deputy Superintendent of Police added.

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