Controlling blood pressure
Pune Sub Area and Station Health Organisation,have planned an array of health activities as part of an awareness week to celebrate World Health Day. In keeping with the theme for 2013,Controlling raised Blood Pressure,a lifestyle screening camp for BMI,blood pressure and blood sugar was held on Tuesday at Sub Area Sports Complex and General Parade Ground. To highlight this issue,schoolchildren of Pune cantonment will conduct a cycle rally on Wednesday. It will be followed by an interactive session and panel discussion at Dhanwantri Auditorium in Armed Forces Medical College for military personnel and their families.
Joint fellowship for medics
To promote the science and practice of clinical genetics in India,Genzyme,a biotechnology company,which is a part of Sanofi Worldwide,recently announced a tie-up with the Society for Indian Academy of Medical Genetics (SIAMG) for a joint fellowship programme for Indian medical professionals on April 8. The MOU was signed by SIAMG president Dr Shubha R Phadke and head of Genzyme for India and South Asia,Sandeep Sahney. The three-month programme will be organised at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences,Lucknow. The first batch will begin in July. The programme will be supported by Continuous Medical Education (CME),and medical workshops will be organised at local as well as national level. A quarterly newsletter on genetics titled Genetic Clinics will also be published soon.
A different way
Making new inroads in the field,proctosurgeon Dr Ashwin Porwal and his team at Poona Hospital and Research Centre have performed a pelvic organ surgery on a 45-year-old housewife. Dr Porwal says many women with pelvic organ prolapse are able to get relief from their symptoms without treatment by adjusting their activities and including daily habits such as pelvic floor exercises to tighten and strengthen pelvic muscles. It also prevents the prolapse from worsening and either delays or averts the need for surgery.
Living with Parkinsons
With April being observed as Parkinsons Awareness Month,members of Parkinsons Mitra Mandal are organising an event for patients on April 11,which is also observed as World Parkinsons Day. The programme will include a dance performance,a monologue inspired by the life of patients as well as a talk by Dr Sanjay Watve on how to live a happy life with the disease.
To commemorate World Health Day,WHO country office for India and the Armed Forces Medical College organised a consultation that called for a greater attention to high blood pressure as part of the comprehensive strategy to address non-communicable diseases. Dr Kiranjit Singh,consultant (medicine),Jehangir Hospital,Dr Shailesh Deshpande,associate professor at Symbiosis School of Medical Sciences,Dr Aarti Nagarkar,associate professor,Pune University,were among those who spoke. Delivering the keynote address Air Marshal B Keshav Rao,AVSM,director and Commandant,AFMC,said there are red flags all over with 150 million Indians suffering from hypertension.