‘Cops need to improve eating habits, shun excessive tea’

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2015 09:56 IST

Not getting time to eat, excessive cold drinks and tea has led to health problems among UT cops. This has come to fore in the annual medical tests of the cops conducted recently.

Overburden or long duty hours, especially for those posted at police stations, has also led to stress issues.

As per the annual medical report, it is learnt that around 500 cops were facing hypertension, 400 cops were diabetics, while 300 cops were facing liver and uric acid problems.

The report also stated that most of the cops who were suffering from hypertension and diabetes were working at police stations.

Explaining about the annual report, Dr Sujata Sharma, senior medical officer of police hospital, Sector 26, said though still many cops were suffering from hypertension, the number had decreased from 2013, which was a positive sign for the force.

Dr Sharma said cops had turned health conscious since the annual medical examination was introduced in 2006.

She added that they had found that many cops daily consumed 10-15 cups of tea and cold drinks, and they had been advised to be judicious in the use of aerated drinks and tea to remain fit.

“Besides, we have been organising special camps to counsel cops to leave smoking and alcohol. Regular lectures on stress management are also held,” she said.

IG RP Upadhyaya said they were considerate when it came to the health of cops. Therefore, cops who required medical treatment were shuffled accordingly to allow them time to take care of their health, adding that special camps and yoga classes were being arranged for cops.

The police have appointed Umesh Kumar, a yoga instructor at the hospital, to take yoga classes from 9am to 2pm for cops. Kumar said special camps would be organised starting April 22 where they would train cops on 15-minute exercises that they could do anywhere.

A cop, seeking anonymity, said they were forced to work for days together without any weekly off, which was leading to hypertension and other health problems.

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