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Sickle Cell, BMT global meet in Bhubaneswar from Feb 21




 The Third Global Congress on Sickle Cell Disease and Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) is all set to kick off at Bhubaneswar from February 21 to 24, 2017.

The Global Meet, held for the first time in India, is expected to turn the spotlight on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the heavy human cost it entails.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the Meet, which will be  attended by Health Minister Pradip Amat, Health Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajay Chandrakar and Health Minister of Maharashtra Dr Deepak Sawant as ‘Honorable Guests’ and share their visions to tackle the menace.

Director General of ICMR, New Delhi Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and Additional Secretary and Managing Director NHM Union Health Ministry, Dr Arun Kumar Panda will also attend the meet, said sources.

Secretary Health & Family Welfare Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda is coordinating the event.

The Global Sickle Cell Disease Network (GSCDN)- biggest network of experts in the field of SCD- along with Odisha Hematology and Regional Medical Research Center (RMRC) Bhubaneswar will bring on one platform top brains in SCD and BMT, eminent hematologists, transplant physicians, doctors, researchers, policy makers & Government representatives from different countries and states of India, the sources added.

More than 500 delegates from across the Globe and 1000 delegates from different parts of India will also participate in this World Congress which will comprise four Plenary Sessions with panel discussions, symposia and paper presentations. Over 100 papers will be presented during the meet, they added.

Since the World Congress aims to enhance in-depth scientific research to chalk out advance clinical care strategies for people affected with SCD across the endemic regions, international experts such as Miguel R. Abboud (Lebanon), Adekunle D. Adekile (Kuwait), Lou M Aledort (New York), Biree Andemaria (Farmington), Lanetta Bronte, Florida (USA), Thomas D Coates, California (USA), Sharon Cox, London, (UK) and Bernard Dauvergne (France) are slated to be involved in strategic engagement during the conference.

Distinguished names from India including Dr Mammen Chandy from Tata Medical Center, Dr Maitreyee Bhattacharya from Kolkata, Dr Alok Srivastav from CMC Vellore and Dr Renu Saxena from New Delhi will also share their knowledge and vision with clinicians and scientists, advocates, health policymakers, patients and their families.

 “The global event will bring the focus on SCD and BMT in the State in particular, and India in general. It will also open up new vistas for medical services providers and allied sectors,” said Prof. RK Jena, Organizing Secretary and Head of Dept. of Clinical Hematology SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

Symposium on Management and Control of Sickle Cell Disease in India, experiences of Indian States such as Odisha, Maharashtra, and international experience in Africa, UK and Middle East will also be shared during the Global Conference.

Odisha has a significantly high percentage of the population which are carriers of the sickle gene, estimated to be up to 34% in some regions of the state.

This requires comprehensive and effective control measures at the public level to help reduce the rising disease burden in the State.

The Global Congress in State will be vital in helping build awareness among the local population and provide the much-needed boost to the efforts of the public health agencies of the Government, the sources asserted.






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