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Chronic Care Foundation and Jubilant Kalpataru Hospital, Kolkata Organise a Round Table on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases on September 11, 2010

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Chronic Care Foundation and Jubilant Kalpataru Hospital, Kolkata Organise a Round Table on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases on September 11, 2010

Kolkota, West Bengal, India

Chronic Care Foundation (CCF)- and Jubilant Kapataru hospital, Kolkata organised a one day Round Table on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) in Kolkata on 11th September 2010. The participants in the round table are noted physicians in the sector, representatives from the government and leading hospitals of Kolkata. Dr. Sita Ratna Devi, CEO Chronic Care Foundation, New Delhi said “CCF has launched the National Program For Prevention of Non Communicable Chronic Diseases in 17 states of India where NGOs, private sector partner and government sector have adopted an integrated approach for creating awareness and advocacy on non communicable chronic diseases”. She further said “the fight against non communicable chronic disease would involve an integrated approach utilizing the strength and resources of the NGOs, the government and the corporate sector for creating models at grassroots level”.

This round table is envisaged to: Add evidence to the existing gaps on NCDs in Indian perspective and identify the disease burden, risk factors and the changing trends of NCDs in East Indian population through panel discussion, opinions and experiences from practicing physicians and public health experts.

Dr. Madhumita, Head, Indian Institute of Hygiene and Public Health expressed the need for structured research for creating acceptable database on the burden of non communicable chronic disease in Eastern India. She said “mortality, morbidity, and disability attributable to the major non-communicable diseases account for about 60% of all deaths and 47% of the global burden of disease. Affordable solutions exist to prevent 40 to 50% of premature deaths from non communicable diseases and there was a dire need of creating awareness in the general population on non communicable chronic disease and adoption of healthy lifestyle changes for preventing morbidity and death which are a major socio-economic burden for the society”.

Dr. Satadal Saha, Director & CEO, Kalpataru Hospital said “the private sector has an important role to play in the fight against the non communicable disease and Jubilant Kalpataru Hospital has shown that way by training volunteers, using dedicated ambulances and coordination with the government health delivery system to provide health service to the rural areas”. He also said “private sector can adopt the Public-Private Partnership model to reach the unreached in rural areas”.

Prominent doctors in the field of chronic disease segment of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, end stage renal disease and public health specialists in Kolkata expressed their views on the status of chronic non communicable disease in India with a focus on Eastern India.

Dr. Arup Dutta MBBS, MD, DM-Nephrology- Chief Nephrologist, Fortis Hospitals Kolkata called for structured awareness drive for Diabetes and Hypertension and he further said “the onus of health and healthy lifestyle is on each individual’. He also suggested that “greater insurance penetration and Insurance for outpatient care, insurance for all Dialysis modalities is the need of the hour”.

Dr Kunal Sarkar MBBS, MNMS, FRCS- Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgery, RNTagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences said “Nearly 50 per cent of CVD-related deaths in India occur below the age of 70, compared with just 22 per cent in the West. He said that the general population need to be targeted and the fight against the chronic disease should start at the primary health centre level where models should be created for patient screening and providing them information to make lifestyle changes to fight the disease”.

Dr Tanveer Reza MRCP(Lond.)-Consultant Pulmonologist Columbia Asia Hospital said “smoking and tobacco was the leading cause of death and morbidity due to chronic disease and a sustained campaign with the active involvement of all sections of the society was needed to fight the menace of death and morbidity due to tobacco”. He opined “Smokers need to be provided adequate support system to quit and in case of India, the focus should be on both form of tobacco use-smoking and chewable tobacco”.

The Roundtable Conference of Specialists is one of the four roundtable conference being organized in four regions of India which would culminate in a National Workshop where the recommendations of the Specialists from four regions would be presented to the policy makers for changes in the Pilot Programme on Prevention and Control of Diabetes, CVD and Stroke launched by Government of India.

Profile of Chronic Care Foundation

The Chronic Care Foundation (CCF) a national NGO working towards the care and outcome of patient with Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Diseases is organizing the Round Table on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases under its National Programme for Prevention of Non Communicable Chronic Disease being implemented in 17 states of India.

Globally, Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases are a cause of concern. Over 35 million deaths occur annually contributing to 60% of all deaths worldwide. While a fifth of these deaths occur in high-income countries, it is noteworthy that 80% occur in low and middle-income countries which can impede their possibility for economic growth. Despite a growing need to increase focus on public health initiatives that can address prevention of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, these countries fail due to over burdened health systems and lack of trained human resources. In addition, many of these countries still struggle with Infectious Diseases burden.

In India, four million people die due to heart attack annually. According to yearly projections, there would be an increase of one million every year. Today, Coronary heart diseases assume epidemic status despite of high health status in some southern states where there is high prevalence of heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer which is paradoxical.

The round table on NCD will bring together eminent Clinicians, Public Health experts; and key stakeholders across Kolkata (West Bengal) to take the lead in discussing these important issues.

This round table will cover topics related to accessibility, availability, affordability and standardized clinical and diagnostic services for Cardiovascular Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension and End-stage Renal Diseases. Special focus will be given to Public and Private sector experiences on
1. Burden of NCD in terms of morbidity, mortality and DALY
2. Risk factors and life style modifications
3. Changing trends in Clinical presentation -a Clinicians perspective
4. Variability in trends of NCDs among rural and urban populations
5. Appropriate and feasible screening tests for NCDs
6. Public Health approach for prevention of NCDs
7. Preparedness of the Health system (Health department / National Rural Health Mission) for NCDs

The round table will result in generation of an evidence based advocacy paper which will be submitted to the concerned health authorities for necessary actions to be taken.

About Jubilant Kalpataru Hospital

Jubilant Kalpataru Hospital, a 120-bedded super-speciality hospital at Barasat, is already involved in a number of socio-economic activities in this area through its RCV programme, Operation Smile initiative and Community-oriented programmes. The association between CCF and JKH is a natural alliance of two organizations with synergistic roles (education/advocacy and low-cost service provider/community interface).

Source: Chronic Care Foundation (Business Wire India)

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