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I happen to read Safety Messenger Magazine, lately. I must say it is a very good magazine that justifiably covers major issues in HSE segment. As I am a financial advisor, I have more liking to the business column, and you have tried to keep up the trend. Thankfully, the Narendra Modi led government has promised a good future for businesses in India. The government’s attempts to improve the ease of doing business have yielded good result with the country jumping 12 ranks to 130 in the latest ranking compiled by the World Bank. In 2015, India ranked 142.
If we continue moving up the ranks at this pace we can break into the top 100 very soon.
Soumya Ghosh, New Delhi
In India, daily hundreds of people die due to various diseases and infections. Every minute minimum 10 deaths are reported. Most of the deaths are sudden or unexpected while asleep or awake. Reasons can be a heart attack, brain haemorrhage, or a low or high Blood pressure. According to current estimates, India will soon have the highest number of cases of cardiovascular disease in the world.
Heart disease has escalated among the younger generation with a significant risk in both males and females. Five years ago, we hardly saw young patients with heart problems. Now, young people in the 25-35 age groups are diagnosed with heart disease.
The problem is with the changing lifestyle. People are lured by the fantasies of modern lifestyle and want to follow what others do. The result is negligence to the traditional food habits, laziness in doing daily chores and thus lacking in exercise, heavy use of machineries and vehicles, everything is driving us to only one location that is to the death call of a disease.
Here the people know what is happening around, but still not bothered. Many think, “If life is not for enjoying what is it for”? So eat, do whatever they like and be merry. This is a serious problem now India is facing. India needs strong young and prudent people to lead the nation. This needs a change- a change in self.
Nikhil Kumar, Gurgaon, Haryana
Reading through the article on “Devastating Alzheimer’s”, I would like to say few facts which are not discussed in this article. It is said that people with dementia are more likely to be over 65 and, in fact it is not the case. Dementia is not just an older people’s condition. In 2013, there were 42,325 people with early-onset dementia in the UK.
The people with dementia, both young and the old are faced with certain discrimination in the society. For example, older people are often denied access to the full range of mental health services that are available to younger adults. This particularly disadvantages people with dementia who are more likely to be over 65 and require mental health support. There is also widespread assumption that dementia is merely “getting old” rather than a serious disease. This has resulted in unequal treatment for people with dementia, including poor rates of diagnosis and a lack of appropriate services.
Younger people with dementia are more vulnerable to face discrimination. They may be forced to give up work, excluded from dementia services with a minimum age criterion, forced to travel considerable distances to access appropriate services or left without support.
Too often, people with dementia experience discrimination and treatment that contravenes their human rights. Poor care and support can breach the rights of people with dementia and care takers to not be treated in an inhuman or degrading way, the right to respect for private and family life and the right to liberty.
The support and care from the society is the most wanted thing for an Alzheimer’s patient. But what is happening is people tend to avoid such cases and often looks down upon.
Sreedharan Nair, Trivandrum.
Every day we hear stories of accidental falls and deaths from different constructional sites and other work locations across the country. Many a cases go unreported by media. Most of these people die at hospital or left with impaired organs, and sometimes may be left on bed for the rest of their life. Often, these people do not receive any support (both financial and mental) from their bosses. Similarly, there are plenty of cases of occupational injuries and other work related diseases in India. This vicious circle of death and poverty epitomises the work situation of millions of workers in India.
Although, the Constitution of India provide detailed provisions for the rights of the citizens and also lays down the Directive Principles of State Policy for securing the health and strength of employees, men and women, are these rules followed? The directive principles also direct that the tender age of children are not abused; that citizens are not forced by economic necessity to enter avocations unsuited to their age or strength; just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief are provided; and that the Government shall take steps, by suitable legislation or in any other way, to secure the participation of employee in the management of undertakings, establishments or other organisations engaged in any industry.
If the government believes that safety and health of workers has a positive impact on productivity and economic and social development, it should make sure that all economic activities are regulated for management of safety and health risks at workplaces and to provide measures so as to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for every working man and woman in the nation.
Sanjiv Bhatia, Pune, Maharasthra
The need for environmental conservation is seen as a necessary defence against deteriorating quality of life world-wide. We are all victims of contaminated food and water supply, pesticide-ridden food, adulterated milk and choking exhaust fumes emitting from vehicles. According to a World Bank report, India is being pushed back due to its high environmental costs. We lose around Rs 24,500 crores every year in terms of air and water pollution alone.
If you live in a city, you must have experienced air and water pollution at some point of time. Children often fall ill due to polluted environments, it leads to increased health costs and discomfort for consumers. Valuable resources and man-days are lost due to polluted environment and living conditions.
If we look closely at our immediate surroundings and our consumption patterns, we would find that we, ourselves, are responsible for causing environmental pollution to a certain extent. For instance, our monthly purchases include various kinds of washing detergents, toilet cleaning acids and chemicals like Harpic or Sanifresh, and a lot of non-biodegradable packaging for pre-packed food products. This leads to environmental problems like water and soil pollution, and waste disposal problems. It also shows that our consumption patterns are closely linked with the state of the environment and that environmental damage is mostly a result of irresponsible consumer behaviour.
Consumers need to understand that only a safe environment can ensure the fulfillment of their consumer rights.
Shyamaprasad, Trivandrum, Kerala