SRINAGAR: There is a shortage of Rheumatologists all over the world, even in advanced countries like the United States, which has hit the overall health care of patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
This was disclosed by Professor Michele Meltzer, MD Internal Medicine/ Rheumatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, US delivered a special lecture on ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis & Rheumatologic Diseases Manifestations and Basics’ here at Ibn-i-Khaldoon auditorium KU on Monday.
“There is a worldwide shortage of Rheumatologists and even advanced countries like US are falling short of the sufficient number of Rheumatologists who could provide quality treatment and healthcare to the patients suffering from the disease,” Prof Michele said while delivering a special lecture here.
The lecture was organised by Centre for Career Planning and Counseling (CCPC) KU and was attended by students and scholars from various departments and institutes of KU including those from Home Science, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Food and Technology.
While presenting a global picture of the various manifestations of the disease at several levels and its causes Prof Michele said that the main objective of any medical strategy and research on the subject should be based on developing the tools to diagnose rheumatoid activities, understand the risks and benefits of various changes and treating the patient and not the disease in people with chronic disease.
Prof Michele said that she is presently working on a movie project which would bring to fore a worldwide scenario on Rheumatology and highlight the problems and treatment of patients suffering from the disease.
Dean Academic Affairs KU, Prof MA Wani while appreciating the efforts of CCPC in organizing such lectures said that there is need for connecting with such renowned international experts.
Dean Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies and Director Distance Education Prof Shabir A Bhat who also spoke on the occasion said that it is always an endeavor of KU to explore how it can collaborate with advanced institutions of the world so as to promote the idea of knowledge sharing.
Earlier, Director CCPC KU Prof Farooq A Khan presented a profile of the expert and said that CCPC besides organizing counseling and recruitment drives for the students also aims at providing exposure to them to the latest path-breaking research and developments.
The proceedings of the special lecture were conducted by Coordinator CCPC Mohammad Ayub Shah.