Editorial | Challenge to healthcare

Healthcare doesn’t begin with the facilities we are offered at different hospitals. This is actually disease-care. Unfortunately ours is a society that is disease conscious but not health conscious. Health consciousness begins with what you eat and how you live. The source of most of the diseases is our life style, and what contributes most to our health problems is the quality, and kind of food we consume. In our part of the world the way we find the equality of the food available in our markets deteriorating it is bound to create a crises, if it has not created one already. One can observe that the discussions on the status of health in Kashmir have a major theme, and that theme is the quality of food we consume. It is now a known fact that the deterioration in the quality of the food we consume has brought terrible results to fore. The studies show a sharp rise in dangerous diseases, like cancer, largely attributed to food. The experts have been underlining the implications of the junk and packaged food. What has also come under focus is that spices, pulses, red and white meet, available in our markets need a strict vigil. Today we are again confronted by this threatening scenario that adulteration, and other ways of compromising quality, in such items is a real problem.

Not long ago we saw some unscrupulous elements operating from Srinagar, involved in adulteration of spices with various adulterants, laced with dangerous dyes, raises an alarm. The concerned departments also took some actions against them. In this action huge quantities of adulterants were found stocked in godowns; the adulterants comprised grass, rice husk, flour, salt, and prohibited colours. Howsoever, we don’t follow things to logical conclusions. we tend to believe that this could be an isolated case of adulteration. And that is where we go wrong. The food items available in our markets pose a threat to our health, and the concerned authorities will have draw a comprehensive plan to weed out the unwanted elements from the food shelves, in our markets.