Kashmir lags behind in medical research: DAK

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that Kashmir is lagging behind in medical research, which is central to the field of medicine.

According to a statement issued here, president DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan while expressing concern over lack of biomedical research said that it is adversely affecting patient care and is responsible for poor health outcomes.

“Nothing has been done to create a milieu for medical research which is heart of medical science and without which medical science is like a boat without an oar,” he said.

Dr Hassan said that there is no research funding by government and no efforts are made to generate research capabilities that would transform health care delivery system in the Valley.

“The aim of medical research is to turn scientific discovery into better health for patients and population. There are no population-based studies that would reveal prevalence of diseases and help in identifying their risk factors and shape policy decisions for preventive health care,” he said.

He said that there is epidemic of cancer in the Valley but there is no focus on improving and understanding of the genetic and molecular changes that lead to cancer to further ways of detection, treatment and prevention of the disease. “Research would have unraveled life-style, genetic, metabolic, environmental factors responsible for alarming rise of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in the Valley,” he added.

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