The Departments of Transfusion Medicine and Pathology at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hosted the North East CME on Bleeding Disorders and North East Haematology Quiz today.
About 100 delegates and guest speakers from various states in the North East participated in the programme which aimed to highlight the need to raise awareness about bleeding disorders, a largely under diagnosed and often overlooked health concern.
A wide array of topics related to bleeding disorders was deliberated by the guest speakers.
Prof. (Dr.) R. K. Banashree, a Hematopathologist from JNIMS, Imphal, shared her extensive knowledge and expertise on the diagnosis of thrombocytopenia. Dr. Irom Anil Singh, a Clinical Haematologist at JNIMS, Imphal, delivered a comprehensive talk on the “Treatment of Haemophilia: Past, Present, and Future”.
Dr. Prasad Dange, a Hematopathologist from AIIMS, Guwahati, spoke on diagnosis of Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD) while a lecture on “Principles of Medical Ethics and its Practical Applications” was delivered by Sr. Prof. (Dr.) P.K. Bhattacharyya, shedding light on ethical considerations in the field of haematology.
Prof. (Dr.) Yookarin Khonglah, a Pathologist at NEIGRIHMS, commenced the Scientific Session with an “Overview of Bleeding Disorders” and Dr. Lutika Nepram, a specialist in Transfusion Medicine, presented an overview of the scenario of haemophilia in India and the North East, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in managing the condition effectively.
Earlier during the inaugural programme, NEIGRIHMS Director Prof. Nalin Mehta emphasized the need to involve doctors of other specialties in such programs to benefit patients with bleeding disorders. He noted that bleeding disorders are often overlooked by doctors who are not specialists in this area. By involving doctors from other specialties, we can raise awareness of bleeding disorders and improve the diagnosis and management of these conditions, he added.
Senior Prof. Vandana Raphael, Head, Department of Pathology mentioned that PG students from the institute have been participating in the Haematology Quiz programs for the past 10 years. She said that quite a few of her students were inspired to take up Haematology super-specialty courses after participating in these programs.