Over 100 chest physicians benefit from 4 NATCON scientific workshops

[हिन्दी] Over a hundred TB and chest physicians benefited from four scientific workshops held today in KGMU before the 70th National Conference of TB and Chest Diseases (NATCON) opens tomorrow in Lucknow. These 4 workshops were on TB (modern diagnostics, RNTCP, drug-resistant TB), non-invasive ventilation, sleep study (polysomnography) and pulmonary function tests (PFT).

70th NATCON is being organized by Tuberculosis (TB) Association of India, UP TB Association and Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow during Dr) Surya Kant, Head of Respiratory Medicine Department of KGMU and Organizing Secretary of 70th NATCON said: “Workshop on non-invasive ventilation was moderated by Dr Anant Mohan from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi; workshop on TB was moderated by Prof Rajendra Prasad, former Director of Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute in Delhi; workshop on sleep study (polysomnography) was moderated by Dr Raja Dhar from Kolkata and workshop on PFT was moderated by Dr Sandeep Salvi, Director of Chest Research Foundation and visiting faculty Imperial College London. Distinguished faculty members for these workshops included: Dr Rohit Sarin, Director of National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NIRTD, formerly LRS); Dr Sarabjit Chadha, Project Director Axshya of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union); Dr Rahul Kodgule, Head, Academic Research and Director, Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing Program in CRF Pune; Dr Rupak Singla of NIRTD Delhi; among others.”

This NATCON is unique in many ways one of which is it has received highest-ever registrations from Chest Physicians from across the country as well as globally. Uttar Pradesh Medical council has granted 12 credit hours to NATCON delegates, which is the highest-ever in the history of the country, said Prof Surya Kant, President-elect of Indian Chest Society.

Prof Surya Kant informed that on 20th February, UP State Governor Shri Ram Naik will inaugurate 70th NATCON in presence of dignitaries such as Dr Sunil Khaparde who heads the Central TB Division of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Dr KK Chopra, Director of New Delhi TB Centre; Dr KS Sachdeva, Additional Director General of Central TB Division; among others. Sessions will include: air pollution and lungs; multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and Extensively Drug-Resistant TB (XDR-TB); management of empyema thoracis with emphasis on surgery; TB notifications by private doctors; universal access to TB care; TB-HIV co-infection; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and tobacco use. NATCON will also host several distinguished awards, orations and guest lectures on TB and chest diseases.

(About the author: Dr Raghav Gattani, MBBS, Junior Consultant at Avadh Hospital and Heart Center is also the honorary Medical Correspondent for CNS - Citizen News Service)
February 19, 2016