SHILLONG:

The departments of Transfusion Medicine and Pathology at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) here hosted the North East CME on bleeding disorders and North East Haematology Quiz 2023 on September 2.

The event drew approximately 100 delegates and speakers from various states of the North East. Bleeding disorder, a largely under-diagnosed and often overlooked health concern, afflicts  a small but significant section of the population.

The primary objective of the programme was to highlight the pressing need to raise awareness about these conditions, particularly in the North East region.

The inaugural programme was graced by distinguished guests, including Prof. Nalin Mehta, Director, NEIGRIHMs, as the Chief Guest, Prof. C. Daniala, Medical Superintendent, as the Guest of Honour, and Sr. Prof. Vandana Raphael, HoD, Department of Pathology, as the Organising President.

Mehta emphasised the need to involve doctors of other specialties in such programmes to benefit patients with bleeding disorders. He noted that bleeding disorders are often overlooked by doctors who are not specialists in this area. By involving doctors from other specialties, awareness about bleeding disorder can be raised and diagnosis and management improved.

Raphael mentioned that PG students from the institute have been participating in the Haematology Quiz programmes for the past 10 years. She said that quite a few of her students were inspired to take up Haematology super-specialty courses after participating in these programmes.

A wide array of topics related to bleeding disorders was deliberated upon by the speakers.

Dr. Lutika Nepram, a specialist in Transfusion Medicine, presented an insightful overview of the scenario of haemophilia in India and the North East, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in managing this condition effectively.