Andaman Chronicle

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National Conference of Indian Academy of Nephrology Concludes

DHS to Establish Dialysis Unit at Mayabunder Soon: Dr. SS Singh

Port Blair, Aug. 25: The two day conference of Indian Academy of Nephrology concluded at Port Blair. Eminent Nephrologists and Medical experts from different parts of the country participated in the conference held at GB Pant Hospital Auditorium at Port Blair.

As part of the concluding ceremony, a grand cultural evening was organised at Megapode Resort on Saturday night with a music concert, which was attended by the medical experts, delegates and their family members.

Earlier, interacting with the media persons, the Organising Secretary, Dr D S Ray informed that 154 delegates including 50 delegates from the islands took part in the conference to enrich their knowledge in the field. He revealed that the conference was aimed at creating awareness among the public about the Kidney diseases, especially its preventive measures, besides enabling the delegates to know about the latest advancements in the field.  During the conference, the top Nephrologists delivered lectures to the students and the public at BRAIT auditorium and JNRM College, besides examining the patients at GB Pant Hospital, he said.

Talking about the high prevalence of Kidney diseases in India, he said though sample studies indicated that the prevalence rate is 17 out of 100 persons, in real terms it is about 10 per cent in the country due to various risk factors. He informed that the major risk factors for developing kidney problems are Diabetes, hypertension and Obesity and dietary habits, besides hereditary kidney diseases.   Hence, the people with such risk factors should be very careful and go for periodic check up for their kidney function to prevent the disease at its early stage itself, he advised. Dr Ray also cautioned the people not to take pain killers and over the counter drugs without consulting the doctors to avoid kidney problems.

He further said, with simple tests the Kidney problems can be detected at the early stage itself and such test facilities are easily available even in the remote parts of the islands. He also complimented the efforts taken by the Health department to keep the Dialysis unit in GB Pant hospital in excellent condition with advanced facilities.

Dr SS Singh, Medical Expert from G B Pant Hospital informed that the Directorate of Health Services took initiatives to establish a Dialysis Unit at Mayabandar Govt Hospital for the benefits of the patients there. The unit will be established very soon with 7 Dialysis machines and thereafter the patients from North and Middle Andaman who are currently undergoing treatment at GB Pant Hospital will be shifted there, he said.

The delegates and medical experts will leave Port Blair on Monday morning.