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Mangaluru: Thousands of doctors gather for mega 'Dermacon' conference


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (JS)

Mangaluru, Feb 13: Thousands of doctors converged at city's TMA Pai Convention Centre here on Thursday February 12 as the 43rd national-level 'Dermacon 2015' conference began on a splendid note.

The four-day event, organized by India Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL), is being held in the city after 32 years. Over 5,000 medical practitioners from across the country are in the city to attend the event.

The event was inaugurated by Dr Pritam Gopinath Munde, dermatologist and member of parliament. She is the daughter of the late BJP leader Gopinath Munde.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Pritam Munde said, "It is a great honour for me to inaugurate Dermacon-2015. It is huge achievement for me to stand here in front of my teachers. I always wanted to continue as a dermatogist but today I am in politics. I won by a margin of 7 lac votes and it was just because of the goodwill of my father. I do not fit into politics, this is my fraternity. As a member of parliment I will do everything possible to improve medical education and facilities. I wish all the best to IADVL in all their future endavours and extend all my support in their good work."

Noted dermatologist Dr Ganesh Pai said, "More than three decades ago, a cozy town with lush verdant greenery and tall beckoning coconut palms hosted an IADVL national conference. It was Mangaluru, a coastal town on the Arabian sea inhabited by soft spoken people with a hospitable culture. Then, a handful of us hosted a platoon of dermatologists. We have donated Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lac to all leprosy homes, animal care trusts and other organisations. I request all the younger dermatologists to practice dermatology whole-heartedly even though cosmetology brings more money."

Dr Deepak Parekh said, "Our association in the past one year has conducted four workshops in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangaluru, and conducted research methodology under IADVL research grant. All awards and posts were advertised and put in place. Executive meetings were conducted to discuss various aspects of the function. One of the main problems was financial accountability. We had money but did not know how to utilise it. With all the efforts put it, today IADVL has Rs 10 crore fund. We invited Sushil Solanki who is a pioneer in service tax to structurise the financial plan. As a result, today all the Dermacon accounts are structurised. We have active participation of young members of IADVL. Every commitee in IADVL has 1-2 posts for young members. IADVL website was revamped for easy navigation."

Prof K C Kandari award was awarded to Dr Rui Fernandes who has done tremendous work in dermatology and venerology.

Dr Deepak Parekh launched the IADVL Derma app and ceremonial installation of Dr Venkataram Mysore as president of 2015-16.

Venkatram Mysore said, "I congradulate Dr Deepak Parek on his work and welcome the new members. Let us all march together towards excellence and competence with effective communication. Let us all perform our duties and act responsibly. A doctor plays many roles - as a physician, family man and serves the society. We need to ask what we can do for the community. With the motto of 'Swach Bharat Swasth Bharat' we want to start this mission.

"With the good initiative of clean India let us focus towards healthy India too. We will design another app 'Dermaseva' through which people with dermatological problems in rural villages can contact their physicians and send the photos on app, and if some dermatologist is interested, he can give his feedback. Medicine is never commerce. Healthcare should not be commercialized," he said.

Dermacon organizing secretary Dr Ramesh Bhat proposed the vote of thanks.

Cultural programmes were held after the inaugural ceremony.

Comment on this article

  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 13 2015

    Pharmaceutical companies pay for these type of meetings. Don't forget they do not do this out of love and charity. At the end patients will end up paying for this.

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  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 13 2015

    It is heartening to note that a 'Dermacon ' Conference of such a magnitude in our Mangalore.

    Such events should be conducted in other health fields also.

    Good Governance in the Health Sector is important.
    Everyone is aware of the miserable state of healthcare at the grass root levels. We have come across quacks who are hoodwinking the poor class in some states .The MCI is corrupt ridden. Medical seats are sold in such a blatant manner and corruption starts from the very Top.
    But yet positively looking we see new some developments like the Gates Foundation which is doing wonders in Bihar and elsewhere. Why not have a high profile expert group with say a top brand name like Robert Gates himself at the head of this national health mission which could include luminaries like say Dr. Devi Shetty or Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and others . Presently the Central Government is busy promoting only AYUSH (Ayurveda). But what’s important is diseases like TB & Leprosy need immediate attention and ALLOPATHS and also pediatric amenities which need vaccines like Polio and Small Pox to be given importance and appropriate measures taken up . Maternity care also needs urgent attention.
    A more holistic approach towards all the three Medical areas is required i.e. Allopath, Ayurveda & Homeopathy.

    The FMR (Foundation for Medical Research http://fmrindia.org/aboutus-fmr.html) is doing great service for the poorest of the poor.
    The Public Health Foundation of India is another organization which is also aiming to achieve great things for the poor see - https://www.phfi.org/about-us.
    Such local bodies should be well researched regarding their capability and these and many others should be encouraged and given facilities to expand and reach the poorest of the poor.

    Medical Assistance should be a matter of right for every citizen of this country.



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