Ninety per cent of Mumbai policemen suffer from stomach-related problems. Drinking impure water, long gaps between meals, inadequate sleep and long working hours are taking a huge toll on the police personnel’s health.
These were the findings at a three-day gastro check-up camp for policemen conducted as part of World Digestive Day on May 29. The camp was organised by Baldota Institute of Digestive Science (BIDS) of the Global Hospital and state-run JJ Hospital.
The check-up showed that most policemen drink impure water, leading to a high rate of H-pylori infection in their stomach. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria which enters the body through the digestive tract. Endoscopy was done on 125 policemen, out which, 90% had H-pylori.
Attended by 250 policemen from Central Mumbai, the gastrointestinal camp found that an alarming number of cops did not eat properly or sleep well. Seventy per cent of the police force did not get adequate sleep and there was a huge gap between two meals which added to their deteriorating health and gastric problems. Sixty-five per cent of the policemen fall in the obese category with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 24 (the ideal BMI is 23).
Around 160 out of 250 policemen had one of the lifestyle-related co-morbidities. For instance, 80 cops had hypertension, 48 were diabetic and 32 had heart diseases. Nearly 70% of them have been serving the Mumbai police force for more than 20 years.“The health problems, if not addressed timely, can be disastrous in the long run,” said Dr Amit Maydeo, chairman of BIDS. “All the personnel who have health problems have been put on medication and those who need more evaluation and further treatment have been asked to come for a follow-up. This is being done free of cost,” said Dr Maydeo.
“We are going to chalk out a health guideline for the Mumbai police force. It is important that those who protect and guard us are in good shape,” said Dr Maydeo.