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Issues of crisis in healthcare addressed at JACSICON

Jamshedpur, April 11: Brahmananda Narayana Multispeciality Hospital in association with the ‘Jharkhand Chapter of Cardiology Society of India’ organized a three-day scientific conference on Cardiology in Jamshedpur from April 10 to 12, 2015. JACSICON 2015 (Annual Conference of Jharkhand Association of Cardiological Society of India 2015) to create a platform for cardiac experts and students of medicine to exchange knowledge and address various topics related to cardiac sciences and advancements in treatment and protocols.

The conference witnessed participation from over 500 delegates, comprising of leading cardiologists, surgeons, medical professors and students from across the country.

jacsiconSpeaking on the occasion on the topic of Crisis in Healthcare, Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health said, “Healthcare is one of the biggest drivers to boost the country’s economy, especially in a developing country like India. However, healthcare in the country faces some of the biggest challenges, such as uneven distribution of quality hospitals, lack of medical experts where there is a huge disparity between the doctor-patient ratios, accessibility to affordable healthcare and so on. Over 2 million patients with heart diseases in the country require surgeries every year. But all hospitals put together can conduct only 1.25 million.

The remaining 0.75 million people gradually die with no access to quality healthcare facilities.This also means that the future of our healthcare system is at a huge risk if the current scenario continues.” India is the second most populous country in the world after China and is undergoing epidemiological transition.

This means, the burden of infectious disease is being slowly supplanted by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which contributes to 45% of NCD. CVD, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the world’s number one killer. At least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented by addressing risk factors such as tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, salt intake, physical inactivity and raised blood pressure. Understanding this growing burden on developing countries, World Heart Federation has coined a program called ’25by25′, which aims to reduce premature mortality caused by CVD by atleast 25% by the year 2025.

Speaking about the objective of this conference, Dr. Bimlendu Kumar, Organizing Secretary, JACSICON, and Consultant, Interventional Cardiology,BrahmanandaNarayanaMultispeciality Hospital explained, “Cardiology and healthcare are interwoven subjects and we are glad to be organizing this significant conference in Jamshedpur. This is the 8th conference we have had and this happens every alternate year. The main objective in organizing this conference is to exchange information on the latest developments in the field of cardiology from all over the world.”

Elaborating on the latest developments and initiatives of BrahmanandaNarayanaMultispeciality Hospital in Jamshedpur, Rupesh R Chobey, Facility Director, BrahmanandaNarayanaMultispeciality Hospital mentioned “Over the last one year, we have introduced three periphery clinics, a city clinic and a heart centre in Bokaro. The hospital has introduced two major specialties, namely gastroenterology and medical oncology. ”He also added, “Narayana Health makes health care accessible to rural areas and villages that are connected to the hospital through its pioneering telemedicine network and e-Health centres”

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