Staff Correspondent

180 papers to be presented at conference

Conference to be inaugurated by Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prabhu Dev

About 700 delegates to participate in the

three-day workshop

Belgaum: Despite commendable strides in medical science, the treatment of tuberculosis continues to be a major challenge as the mycobacterium continues to develop resistance to drugs. It will also one of the main themes of the three-day annual conference of the Association of Physicians of India, Karnataka Chapter, scheduled to be held from May 28 to 30.

The conference, Kapicon 2010, hosted by KLE University's J.N. Medical College (Department of Medicine), will be inaugurated by Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, J.N. College principal V.D. Patil said that physicians and medical practitioners shared a common concern for the emergence drug resistance in those affected by TB (tubercles bacillus). The disease is widely-prevalent in developing countries, with India having the highest number of TB patients in the world. As several drugs turn out to be ineffective, doctors are forced to prescribe drugs that are expensive and unaffordable by the poor.

Call for debate

The situation calls for serious debate and a rationalised approach towards the treatment and management of TB and multi-drug resistant-TB, Dr. Patil said.

Conference organising secretary Vijay G. Sommannavar stressed on the need for greater awareness among the people to address such issues.

Some of the best physicians of the State would be among the 700 delegates participating in the conference during which 180 scientific papers and poster presentations will be held. There will also be 50 industry-sponsored lectures and 62 oration-lectures.

Organising committee members Rekha Patil and B. Srinivas were also present at the conference.