SRINAGAR: As the Kashmir valley continues to reel under darkness due to massive loadshedding, health experts here are warning about the negative affects erratic power cuts can have on children and ailing people.
Dr. Altaf Hussain, the leading Child Specialist of Valley said the power crises can have the adverse affects on children and that it could also affect their mental well being. The most hazardous affect of the power crises on children would be that it could damage their eye sight and if this could happen at young age, it becomes difficult to cure it later.
Dr. Altaf further stated that the mental health of children could be adversely affected and that there are high chances that a child could land into depression.
The General Physician Syed Sajad Hussian said that the patients suffering from Astama are expected to be in the tough times in winter and especially when there is dearth of electricity. We have some patients who are on nebulizers and the supply of electricity is necessary for the same and when there is dearth of the power supply the patient could land in trouble.
Dr. Sajad said that the doctors at present in valley are advising the patients, suffering from breathing aliments, should leave valley during the harsh winters. But at the same time we understand the plight of those patients who cannot afford to move outside valley, they will have to bear the brunt, we can only feel sorry for them.
Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Khan said that the seasonal changes is one of the main causes of depression and particularly during winters, the people suffering from depression need to take extra care. When it is winter that too without the proper supply of electricity, it is indeed the worst condition wherein the person can easily land in depression.
Dr. Aijaz further stated that when there is no electricity during nights, the routine work of the person normally gets affected and that it could lead to his psychological problems. When there is stress , depression to that person is inevitable.
Dr. Hameedullah, another noted psychiatrist said that the availability of the light is necessary for curing the depression and when the light is insufficient, the persons depression level rises. The studies reveal that the availability of the light helps the person to get away from the depression and light is main necessity for curing persons depression.
Pertinently, the recent studies have revealed that the percentage of depression in valley is 55.72 per cent .The study has further stated that more than half of the population is suffering from the mental illness-most of them from the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Several people across the state are also raising apprehensions that the private nursing homes in valley are not having any hot lines and those patients undergoing treatment in these hospitals are expected to go through the troubled times due to the prevailing power crises in valley. kns
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