Chandigarh: PGI’s self-care handbook for seniors with comorbidities | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: Seeing how seniors with comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension suffered during Covid-19 lockdown and later, public health workers at the PGI and the government-appointed surveillance experts recommend them self care.
In a publication, the public health workers have listed how self-care monitored with telemedicine can be a future tool for home care of the elderly. Co-author professor P V M Lakshmi said: “The virus put an additional burden of self-care on people with pre-existing chronic medical conditions (like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer). So we began reviewing literature to come up with a handbook for the physicians and the patients.”
The study, ‘Role of self-care in Covid-19 pandemic for people living with comorbidities of diabetes and hypertension”, was published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. Doctors Saurabh Gupta, Ashu Rastogi, Lakshmi, and Manmeet Kaur from the PGI departments of community medicine and endocrinology are the authors.
Self-care includes dietary precaution, medication adherence, home-based exercises, self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure, reducing salt intake, self-foot examination, and stress management. Dr Lakshmi said: “Primary care physician is more likely to ensure adherence to self-care plan durig the pandemic.”

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