Staff Reporter

Association ready to play lead role in formulating guidelines

CHENNAI: The Indian Association of Bronchology has expressed the need for a recognised certificate course in bronchoscopy. It has also come forward to play a leading role in formulating guidelines for different bronchoscopic procedures.

At the inaugural session of the association's 10th national conference here on Friday, Dr. V.K. Vijayan, outgoing president and director of V.P. Chest Institute, New Delhi, said training bronchoscopists was a challenge in the country due to varied infrastructure at hospitals and nursing homes. Training now was happening more on a trial-and-error basis. "However, we do not have recommendations for optimal bronchoscopy training. We have written to the National Board of Examinations for conducting a certificate programme in bronchoscopy." Formulating guidelines for bronchoscopy was a must in the context of Consumer Portction Act.

Pratap C. Reddy, chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals, chief guest, appreciated the association's efforts in bringing together bronchologists from various parts of the country. The three-day seminar would provide an ideal platform for exchange of expertise. Indian professionals were respected worldwide, he said and urged the doctors to believe that they were capable of innovation.

Dr. Nalini Krishnan, medical director, The Hindu, guest of honour, said there were several occupational health problems that were going unnoticed for want of information. She urged the doctors to communicate the advances in their area of specialisation with others.

Awards given

The association awarded the lifetime achievement award to Prof. Dr. S.K. Sarkar, cardiothoracic surgeon, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, and a special appreciation award to M.S. Nanjundaiah for his contribution to the association. Dr. Nalini Krishnan presented the awards.

Dr. Rajan Santosham, organising chairman for the seminar, and Dr. R. Narasimhan, organising secretary, also spoke.