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Chandigarh: Three-day meet on tuberculosis, chest diseases begins at PGI

The conference, NATCON 2016, organised by the pulmonary department of PGI, is the 71st national conference held by the association.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
December 17, 2016 4:01:56 am

A three-day national conference on tuberculosis and chest diseases organised under the aegis of the Tuberculosis Association of India was inaugurated at PGIMER on Friday. The conference, NATCON 2016, organised by the pulmonary department, PGI, is the 71st national conference held by the association.

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Doctors said daylong deliberations for three days would focus on the recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis and lung diseases. Intensive workshops on hands-on training were conducted on Friday. “On Saturday and Sunday, discussions will be held on progress made in the management of tuberculosis and chronic lung diseases,” said Dr D Bahera, head, pulmonary department, PGI.

Eminent national and international speakers, including Dr Madhukar Pai from Canada, Dr Max Salfinger and Dr Suman Laal from the United States, Dr Stefi Becker from Germany, Dr Ramesh Chokani from Nepal and Dr Randeep Guleria from Delhi will participate in the programme.

The department of pulmonary medicine is a pioneer in the field of pulmonary sciences. “It is credited with starting the first post-doctoral course in pulmonary medicine. Further, the department has been conducting annual continuing medical education (CME) programmes for the benefit of general physicians and chest specialists of the region since 1985,” said the PG doctors.

Doctors also said that TB patients visiting the institute had gone down over the years. “However, the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme has made tremendous progress with regard to reduction in the prevalence and mortality of tuberculosis, and a declining trend in the incidence of tuberculosis. In fact, the programme has achieved the Millennium Development Goals for TB and is now steadily progressing towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals,” said the doctors.

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