KRIMS Hospitals organized its second national conference in Pulmonology, “COPD-National Update 2017” on 26th Feb 2017 at Hotel Radisson Blu. This was the second national conference after the highly successful “ILD-National Update 2016”.
The conference was organized with the aim of bringing stalwarts of pulmonology from all over India to Nagpur so that they share their knowledge with doctors & postgraduate students. KRIMS Hospitals aims to put Nagpur on the national map in the field of research and academics.
The conference started with a Quiz for various Postgraduate students from medical colleges from in and around Nagpur. It was followed by an informative talk by Dr. Sundeep Salvi elaborating on hazards of Smoking. Other speakers included Dr. Raja Dhar from Fortis Hospital Kolkata, Dr. R. Vijaikumar from Apollo, Hyderabad, Dr. Ashok Arbat ,KRIMS Hospitals , Nagpur, Dr. Prashant Chhajed from Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai and Dr. Syed Tousheed from Narayana Hrudalaya, Bengaluru.
COPD is a disease in which patients have breathing difficulty and cough. According to World Health Organisation(WHO) COPD is the third largest cause of death all over the world . In India 30 million people suffer from COPD and 3 million people die due to COPD every year. According to government of Maharashtra it is the number one cause of death in our state. Most of the patients of COPD approach the doctor in the last stage of the disease. Smoking, cooking on chulha and Industrial pollution are the main causes of COPD.
Dr. Sundeep Salvi from CRF, Pune stated in his lecture that, “One session of smoking hukka is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes”. Dr. Ashok Arbat, the Organizing Chairman of this conference has been practicing pulmonology for the past 35 years and is referred as a “Pioneer in pulmonary medicine in Central India”. He is deeply dedicated towards creating awareness in the society. Dr. Sameer Arbat, Organizing Secretary of the conference said that, “We have more than 12,000 patients visiting our OPD every year, out of this around 4000 patients suffer from COPD. Every Tuesday we conduct a free of cost patient education clinic for the patients and their relatives. We educate patients about prevention and management of COPD. Only with public awareness, we can control this serious disease”
COPD-NATIONAL UPDATE 2017 was attended by more than 200 delegates including Doctors from Kolkata, Aurangabad, Pune and Nagpur. KRIMS Hospitals plans to conduct a Third National Conference next year.