50% auto driv­ers suf­fer from back­ache HEALTH CHECK-UP RE­SULT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

For­tis Hos­pi­tal, Vashi in as­so­ci­a­tion with Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO) or­gan­ised a Free Heath Check- up Camp for the Auto rick­shaw driv­ers of Navi Mum­bai on Fri­day.

More than 200 rick­shaw driv­ers got them­selves screened and sought ex­pert con­sul­ta­tion. The doc­tors pro­vided much needed con­sul­ta­tion t o help t hem un­der­stand ways to take bet­ter care of their health. The camp was con­ducted at sec­tor 16 at Koparkhairane.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has re­ported that ap­prox­i­mately 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple die each year from causes di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to air pol­lu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­de­pen­dent study by Bharati Vidyapeeth Med­i­cal Col­lege in Pune, auto rick­shaw driv­ers, who spend 8 to 10 hours daily in traf­fic pol­lu­tion, stand at a high risk of re­stric­tive lung dis­or­der.

The ini­tia­tive, driven by the Auto Rick­shaw Driv­ers’ Union (Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Rick­shaw Union), was an at­tempt to ad­dress the health woes of the au­torick­shaw driv­ers.

Dr Bipin Che­vale, fa­cil­ity di­rec­tor, For­tis Hos­pi­tal, Vashi, said: “Au­torick­shaw driv­ers are re­quired to be screened from time to time es­pe­cially when their work con­di­tions are not ab­so­lutely healthy. We are happy to part­ner with Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Rick­shaw Union and RTO in or­gan­is­ing the health camp for auto rick­shaw driv­ers. The pos­i­tive re­sponse from the au­torick­shaw driv­ers evokes the fact that there is a need for such camps to be or­gan­ised at reg­u­lar in­ter­val.”

Mad­hukar Patil, pres­i­dent of Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Rick­shaw Union, said, “We are con­stantly ex­posed to pol­lu­tion, dust and ad­verse cli­matic con­di­tions.”

San­jay Dhaygude, deputy Re­gional Trans­port Of­fi­cer (RTO), who led the health check-up camp for the Auto Rick­shaw driv­ers, said, “Auto driv­ers per­form their du­ties in ad­verse weather con­di­tions. Their health takes a toll on their phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal health. The con­cern for bet­ter health should en­cour­age them to spread the mes­sage of health to their col­leagues as well.”

Au­torick­shaw driv­ers are re­quired to be screened from time to time es­pe­cially when their work con­di­tions are not ab­so­lutely healthy. DR BIPIN CHE­VALE, For­tis Hos­pi­tal, Vashi

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