SRINAGAR: As part of webinar series, on the occasion of World Leprosy Day, the sixth multidisciplinary webinar was organised by the Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Microbiology and Department of Dermatology, Venereology and STDs, GMC Srinagar emphasising on this year’s theme, United for Dignity.
The webinar was inaugurated by Prof. Samia Rashid, Principal/ Dean GMC Srinagar who highlighted the importance on awareness on leprosy for early diagnosis and eradication of leprosy from the country.
Prof (Dr.) S. Muhammad Salim Khan, Professor & HOD Community Medicine gave the key note address emphasising the importance of leprosy as a public health problem, the social aspects of the disease and reiterated the role of health system in alleviating the stigma and discrimination faced by the patients and their families.
Dr. Khalid Bashir, Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar gave a detailed presentation on the burden of leprosy-global, national and local (Kashmir) and the initiatives taken by the National Leprosy Eradication Programme since its inception.
Dr. Sheikh Javaid Sultan, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and STDs, GMC Srinagar gave an extensive power point presentation on the clinical features, classification and treatment guidelines of Leprosy.
Dr. Roomi Yousuf, Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, GMC Srinagar deliberated on the microbiological aspects of the disease. She emphasised on the laboratory tests and techniques used for the diagnosis of the infection and disease.
Dr Tazean Zahoor Malik, Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar provided insight into the hurdles in the development of the vaccines for leprosy prevention and treatment and the progress made so far. She talked about the Made in India Vaccine Mycobacterium indicus pranii (MIP) developed by the National Institute of Immunology (NII).
The webinar was conducted under aegis of J&K branches of Indian association of preventive and social medicine (IAPSM) and Indian public health association (IPHA). The webinar was attended by over hundred participants.