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Orientation workshop on Telestroke held

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Shimla, 21st Apr – Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Sh Vineet Chaudhary disclosed that Himachal Pradesh was the first State selected for Tele-stroke orientation programme, a pilot project launched for first time in India. Sh. Chaudhary said this while inaugurating a two day orientation workshop on Tele-stroke began here today. He said that under National Heath Mission, National Health Programme for prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and stroke was launched in Chamba in Himachal in 2010 and in tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti in 2011, but nothing concrete was done as far as the stroke component was concerned. Now this pilot Project was being launched in Himachal Pradesh with the assistance of experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. All districts of Himachal Pradesh will be included under this project till 2014-15, said he. The main purpose of this orientation programme would be to detect the early symptoms of the brain stroke and way out for its early treatment to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate. He said that efforts would be made to include the stroke programme in the management of non communicable diseases also with help from experts in the field. He said the efforts would be laid on training of doctors in the field along with other multitasking works, as trained manpower was not available in the field as of now so that best services in stroke care was available to the patients well in time. Sh Chaudhary lauded the efforts of Dr. M.V.Padma, Prof Neurology at AIIMS, New Delhi who was the resource person to roll out the concept of telestroke in the state. He said that her experience and guidance would be helpful to the doctors participating in the workshop. The use of precautionary measures in the field would definitely give new dimension to Health Care facility in the State. Dr. Padma also gave a detailed presentation on Acute Ischemic Stroke. She said that there were 1200 neurologists for 1.2 billion population of India and an extremely skewed health infrastructure development including radiology services concentrated in urban areas where only 30% of total population reside. Telestroke facilities through telemedicine seem to be the promise which has the potential to optimize stroke care across all strata bridging the economic and geographic barriers in the country, said she. Sh Anshu Prakash, Joint Secretary, Health GoI, also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Director Health Services welcomed the participants. Doctors from the faculty of Neurology, Radio diagnosis and medicine from IGMS, Shimla, Principal, Dr. RPMGC, Tanda, all CMO’s, doctors from the State participated in the workshop

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