GUWAHATI, Jan 12 - A workshop and continuing medical education (CME) programme on hepatitis screening, gastroenterology and new blood banking practices was held at the GNRC Hospitals here recently.
Over 100 doctors aspiring to enhance the healthcare delivery system attended the event. The event was attended by Dr Anil Arora, director, Institute of Liver & Gastroenterology & Pancreaticobilliary Science, Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
Dr Arora delivered a talk on the topic, �What is new in gastroenterology?�
Dr Gajendra N Gupta, HoD of Pathology and Transfusion Medicine Department, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital-cum-Medical Research Institute, Jaipur, Rajasthan, also delivered a talk on the topic, �Component Therapy and Preparation and Uses of Aphaeresis and Plasmapheresis.�
Dr Pranita Saikia Medhi, organising secretary of the CME and chief consultant, Department of Microbiology, GNRC Hospitals, delivered another talk.
Inaugurating the event, Dr Kuldip Kumar Saikia, medical director, GNRC Dispur and Sixmile, thanked Dr Arora and Dr Gupta for sharing their knowledge on various aspects of gastroenterology and new blood banking practices.
�As medical professionals, we need continuous information about the recent developments in the field of medical science not only to educate ourselves, but also to keep ourselves abreast of the latest trends which translate into better patient care in the long run,� he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shaba Ahmed, organising secretary of the CME committee and chief consultant, Department of Pathology, GNRC Hospitals, said that the prevalence of Hepatitis B and C is more than that of HIV, and that late complications of hepatitis infection include liver failure and liver cancer, mostly after 20 years.
�We can monitor the functional status of the liver by undergoing a few blood tests. Hepatitis virus proliferation can be suppressed with specific therapy as is done in case of HIV, and the response to the therapy also can be monitored. So we are doing regular analysis of data of accidentally diagnosed hepatitis among the blood donors and the patients admitted to GNRC, Dispur,� she said.