Meet to discuss ailing young hearts

Foreign experts to attend paediatric cardiology conference

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Delegates from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Gulf countries and the US will attend the three-day seventh annual conference of Paediatric Cardiology Society of India beginning here on July 15. The venue will be Apollo Children's Hospital. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, will inaugurate the meet on July 16.

K. S. Murthy, chief paediatric cardiac surgeon of the hospital and organising secretary, said in a press release that 1.5 lakh to two lakh children were born every year with congenital heart disease (CHD) in the country. The conference would take up the issue of only a tiny fraction of these children receiving some form of treatment. According to Dr. Murthy, lack of social awareness, paucity of dedicated medical teams and serious financial limitations were leading to abysmal care for the children.

Live for audience

He said on the first day of the conference, which is being held in the State for the first time, procedures would be relayed live to the audience from operation rooms/catheterisation labs. Deliberations on the recent developments in the field would be held during the two days. Among those attending are experts V.M.Reddy, chief paediatric cardiac surgeon, Stanford, and Alain Serraf, Mary Lennelonge Hospital, Paris, who will demonstrate complex surgeries.

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