KRIMS Hospitals recently organized the national conference in Pulmonology – COPD National Update 2017 – at Hotel Radisson Blu, Nagpur. This was the second national conference organised by KRIMS which had organised the first conference – ILD National Update 2016 – last year. The conference was organized with an aim of bringing stalwarts of pulmonology from all over India to Nagpur to enable them to share their knowledge with Nagpur doctors and postgraduate students. The conference was attended by more than 200 delegates including doctors from Kolkata, Aurangabad, Pune and Nagpur.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a disease in which patients have breathing difficulty and cough. According to WHO (World Health Organisation), COPD is the third largest cause of death all over the world. In India, around 30 million people suffer from COPD and 3 million people die because of it every year. 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.
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 (CRF, Pune) elaborating on hazards of smoking. Other speakers included Dr Raja Dhar (Fortis Hospital, Kolkata), Dr R Vijaikumar (Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad), Dr Prashant Chhajed (Fortis Hospital, Mumbai), Dr Syed Tousheed (Narayana Hrudalaya, Bengaluru) and Dr Ashok Arbat from KRIMS Hospital who was also the organizing chairman of the conference.
Speaking about the activities KRIMS hospital undertakes for awareness of COPD, Dr Sameer Arbat, the organizing secretary of the conference said, “We have more than 12,000 patients visiting our OPD every year. Out of these 12,000, around 4000 patients suffer from COPD. Every Tuesday we conduct a free of cost ‘Patient education clinic’ for the patients and their relatives to educate them about prevention and management of COPD. It is only with public awareness that we can control this serious disease.”