ANDHRA PRADESH

Genome research fraught with risk: professor

ONGOLE DEC. 7. The two-day 44th IMA AP State annual conference began on the Tobacco Board auction centre premises here on Saturday on a colourful note with the scientific programme marking the inaugural.

Giving the CME trust endowment oration of IMA on "Human Genome Project -- Its implications in medicine", M.L. Kulkarni, professor of Pediatrics, J.J.M. Medical College, Dhavanagiri, hoped that the ongoing research on the project would provide good results. He, however, cautioned that some problems would also be in store with the deciphering of the genome code.

Delivering the keynote address, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) former Director, D. Bala Subramanian, said in coming years the medical sciences would undergo a sea change as a lot of research was being carried out on stem cells and their importance in the medical treatment.

The chief C.T. surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Vijay Dikshit, spoke on "C.T. surgery -- a new insight'', plastic and cosmetic surgeon, V. Sudhakar Prasad on "cosmetic surgery -- no more a luxury'', Alokranjan on "keyhole spinal surgery'' and a senior Cardiologist, P. Seshagiri Rao, on "current approach to management of hypertension''.

The scientific session was followed by a symposium on "Emergency care-Apollo Hospitals'' in which a team of specialist doctors participated. Besides, there were lectures on common cancers in females, ethical medical practice -- a new concept, primary health care in diabetics, tuberculosis and HIV and so on.The highlight of this session was a live demons tion of interventional coronary PTCA and stent procedures from Apollo Hospitals to Ongole. For this, a trial was conducted from the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, on Friday. Special transmission lines were taken by the IMA from the BSNL for the purpose, said P. Durga Prasada Rao, organising secretary of the IMA.

Business session and trade exhibition continued simultaneously on the sprawling premises. As many as 42 stalls showcasing latest medicine for various diseases and medical equipment were put up in the exhibition which was formally opened by the District Collector, R. Karikal Valaven.

About 1,000 doctors from all parts of the State and 40 delegates from 11 States were participating in the two-day conference. The IMA State president, N. Raghava Rao, hoisted the tri-colour and P.V. Goerge the IMA flag.

`Health for all'

The Indian Medical Association will focus its attention on the health of the public with the slogan of "health for all'' from next year, the Platinum Jubilee year of the association.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday, the IMA national president, S. Arul Raj, said though there had been a tremendous progress on the medical and health front in the country, healthcare was yet to become available to millions of poor people.

In view the magnitude of deaths in road accidents, the IMA had prepared the National Trauma Prevention Programme and submitted the same to the Central Government.

The main theme of this programme was setting up of of trauma booths at every 20 to 25 km on National Highways and also on State Highways.

An estimated Rs.4.5 lakhs was required for establishment of each booth. P.P. Goerge, an IMA member from Kerala, spoke.

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