Meghalaya: How to bridge lack of medical specialists in Garo Hills? Doctors hold meet


TURA, Mar 26: As part of their continued endeavour to attain greater knowledge in the ever growing medical field, a huge contingent of doctors of Garo Hills participated in a one day discussion on the controversies surrounding the much misunderstood disease of hypertension, its detection as well as mitigation.

The event held on Saturday (March 25) was organized by the Tura Civil Hospital Staff Welfare Association and included a three member panel of well known cardiologists, Dr Neil Bordoloi, Dr MK Sutradhar and Dr Debanga Bora who provided information to the gathered doctors on the subject of hypertension and the controversies surrounding it.

More than 45 doctors from across the region were a part of the event and included doctors from the TCH, Maternity and Child Hospital (M&CH), Holy Cross, Baghamara Civil Hospital as well as most PHC and CHCs.

The entire conclave was led by the Excelcare group of hospitals which is expected to start operations from the month of July this year in the city of Guwahati. The hospital will be one of the few super specialty hospitals in the North East region which will cater to almost all medical needs of the people of the North East.

"The discussion centered around hypertension as it leads a lot of diseases. There is a lot of confusion of how exactly to detect, treat as well as prevent the disease. In India the rate of detection is very low mainly due to a lack of awareness amongst patients," said Dr Bordoloi on the side of the meet.

The discussion yesterday revolved around understanding hypertension as well as recommended action in case of hypertension related emergencies.

The entire Garo Hills faces a huge crisis in specialist care leading to health complications having to make their way to Guwahati or beyond for specialist care.

"We lack doctors with specialization in Garo Hills and interaction with specialists in the medical field is a huge learning point for all of us," said Dr Roger Ch Marak, a doctor of Tura Civil Hospital, who was a part of the meet.

In an effort to bridge the lack of specialists, the Excelcare group has thought of sending specialists on regular basis to the town of Tura.

"We will also be looking at regular visits to Tura to look at early detection of diseases. It is a win-win situation for all as it will help us as well as the patient," said Deepak Kalita, one of the directors of the soon to be open Excelcare Hospitals.

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