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Dr-Shrinivas-Chavan

In today’s times, medical advancements have shown promising results, especially in early intervention for special senses dysfunction. Special senses, as the name suggests, are truly special. They give us the real taste of the world but are also equally vulnerable to several disorders. Identifying these defects is the need of the hour.

But, unfortunately, public awareness about special senses assessment in children is still lacking at urban and rural areas in equal measure. In rural areas, we have seen several cases where children suffer from deafness, with their parents not being aware of it before they visit health camps.

Special senses, as the name suggests, are truly special. They give us the real taste of the world but are also equally vulnerable to several disorders.

We have noted that, in India, vaccination programmes are a huge success. On similar lines, if there are programmes for special senses investigation, they will ensure a sound and healthy future for the children. Special senses investigations should be done at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) level at regular intervals to ensure early referral to higher centres. This may prove to be a boon for lakhs of children, who suffer from disabilities that can be corrected or managed.

I strongly think a government policy on this may really be effective. This can be achieved only by strengthening the PHCs with the latest technology to identify the special senses.

Anganwadi workers should be at the frontline of the health management teams, especially in rural areas. This will be a definitive step towards creating Healthy Maharashtra.

Rural healthcare centres are the bridge between the PHCs and civil hospitals. We need to train medical officers to diagnose diseases at the PHCs itself. But, for this, the medical students should have more practical experience as compared to theory. We must remember that timely diagnosis alone can save precious lives, and we need to train all our doctors to focus on diagnosis before administering treatments.

When a child hits adolescence, it is very important for him/her to be aware of what happens around them and to take care of their health. This is the era of the Internet and smartphones.

Youngsters with headphones plugged firmly into their ears is a common sight these days. It is my humble appeal to all youngsters that they listen to music on volumes that soothe your ears. Hearing loud noise, especially those above 80dB, can harm your ears in an irreparable way. Take a break from your earphones every 30 minutes.

Another important and neglected aspect of healthcare is oral health. I would like to introduce the concept of ‘7-S’ that will help take care of your oral health is the simplest of ways. The ‘7-S’ formula includes avoiding:

  • Smoking
  • Spicy food
  • Sharp teeth
  • Syphilis
  • Spirit (alcohol)
  • Sub-mucosal fibrosis (due to betel nut chewing)
  • Sepsis (prime cause of mouth ulcers that can cause cancer)

I would like to shed light on another health condition that we must deal with in our day-in-and-day-out life, and that is allergy. We need to first understand that allergy is not a disease. It is the inability of our body’s internal mechanism to fight foreign objects from the environment around us called allergens.

They can be dust, pollen or even some food we consume. To stay healthy, those who suffer from allergy should take proper care when they are outside and even while consuming food.

And, lastly, good health is the beginning of overall-well-being. To ensure we stay healthy, adopting a good lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise is equally important. Let’s always remember and live by the age-old proverb – prevention is the best cure and it lies in our own hands.

The author is the HOD, ENT Department, Sir JJ Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College and Mumbai

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