A Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programme with focus on emergencies in Gynaecological and Paediatric practices was conducted by the Military Hospital in Wellington on Sunday.

Delivering the inaugural address, Major General S. Kumaravelu, Major General (Medicals) of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, pointed out that epilepticus in children which was characterised by prolonged and repeated fits or seizures is not uncommon in children under the age of 3 years and is caused mainly due to birth injuries, infections and fever.

He added that this condition should be diagnosed early and treated aggressively to prevent death and permanent neurological damage.

Nationally reputed Pune-based Endogynaecologist Colonel Krishan Kapur referred to the recent advances in the management of ectopic pregnancy including dreaded complications through various methods including laparoscopic techniques.

Senior Gynaecologist from Coimbatore Mridhu Bhashini Govindarajan lamented that in India, once in every five minutes a mother's life is lost due to complicated delivery and postpartum haemorrhage.

It can be minimised if the delivery is conducted by trained persons.

Colonel Rajesh Khanna, a senior surgeon of the Military Hospital dwelt at length on the problems in the management of common surgical emergencies such as appendicitis, gall bladder infection and intestinal obstruction in pregnant women and stressed the need for early diagnosis and surgical intervention.

The Commandant Military Hospital Brigadier B.N.B.M. Prasad who welcomed the gathering listed the achievements of the institution since its inception in 1890.

Senior Gynaecologist and Organising Secretary Lt. Col. Ashima Chawla, proposed vote of thanks.

More than 100 doctors from various parts of the country attended the programme.

Major General Kumaravelu released a souvenir.

More than 100 doctors attended the programme