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IADVL organizes DERMACON 2020 on World Leprosy Day A platform to tackle issues related to skin diseases

 On World Leprosy Day, IADVL (Indian Association of Dermatologists Venereologists & Leprologists) the country’s premier institute of Dermatologists announced the inauguration of its 48th Annual National Conference DERMACON 2020 in Pune.

The 4-day conference beginning from 30th January 2020 to 2nd February 2020, will witness doctors and therefore the medical fraternity addressing Derma led grave diseases like Leprosy, Vitiligo and abuse of steroid based medicines. within the year 2005 India leprosy was eliminated from India and today shockingly thanks to the resurgence of disease we are home to 66 per cent of cases global. In other words, two out of each three new global leprosy cases are detected in India. IADVL which is that the second largest dermatologist association, today on World Leprosy Day took a pledge to spread awareness and work towards the eradication of Leprosy in India. DERMACON is one among IADVL’s initiative which is an annual event to teach and communicate the people about the disease.

DERMACON also will addressed the shortage of awareness and abuse of steroid based ointments, medicines which are being purchased over the counter from medical or general stores. within the recent years India has reached an epidemic where such skin diseases became steroid resistant and more and more cases are being reported. This year’s conference are going to be attended by globally renowned doctors (31 International Faculty and 400 + Indian faculty), where they're going to be sharing their expertise and knowledge.

In 2005 WHO had declared that India is fully eradicated of leprosy, but shockingly with 66% of the cases prevailing in India, sadly our country is that the capital of Leprosy. With the aim to eliminate the disease, IADVL is functioning towards many initiatives and one among the key focus is on educating the society.

During today’s discussions it had been revealed that in Maharashtra itself there are Sixteen thousand new cases reported per annum out of which 4500 cases are from Nagpur itself. The active districts where leprosy is widespread are Thane, Raigad, Vidharbh and Palghar, there are cases reported due to the tribal belt. The resurgence was reported first in UP in 2012 with 20000 new cases followed by Bihar with 18000 new cases per annum .

During the inauguration of DERMACON 2020, Dr. P Narasimha Rao, IADVL President said

“It is time we face the tough reality that Leprosy is returning , and it are often tackled only by collaborative efforts. to form India truly Leprosy Free – we all got to have an accurate understanding of leprosy and compassion toward those with the disease. it's only then that Leprosy patients will seek treatment and can be ready to accept respect within the society. Leprosy isn't a disease of the past, it's still an ongoing issue therefore, on World Leprosy Day 30th January 2020, we at IADVL pledge to figure towards Mission Leprosy Free India”.

Dr. Kiran Godse, President Elect (IADVL) reiterated the very fact that “There may be a lot of stigma and isolation which is related to leprosy which is extremely harsh for the patients and their families need to endure it. Patients are abandoned not just by the society but their families also and in India it’s very sad to ascertain that even the law doesn’t show any compassion towards them. Today, through the efforts of research and science, leprosy may be a curable disease if detected early and for that the drugs also are distributed freed from charge. scared of being diagnosed, people often don't attend a clinics or hospital due to the stigma associated with the disease. This therefore is one among the most important obstacles to early diagnosis and treatment thereafter.”

“Despite the very fact that early diagnosis is 100% curable and prevents further deformity and spread of the disease, the very fact that leprosy are often treated with drugs, a bit like other diseases. The people that are suffering, still face discrimination to the extent that they're separated from their families; children are unable to attend school; a couple of lose their jobs; and a couple of who have omitted on the prospect of getting married. Even after their recovery they're still termed as ‘ex-leprosy patients’ and are looked down upon, said Dr. Anil Patki, Leprosy Specialist Pune”

"Though leprosy is claimed to be eliminated, the continued occurrence of latest cases and static new case detection rate within the country for the last fifteen years post elimination (2005) may be a matter of great concern. there's a requirement for strengthening referral systems, identifying the magnitude of clinical problems like reactions, nerve damage and deformity and their early management specially after stopping treatment so as to contain the morbidity related to the disease within the community. Evaluation of chemoprophylaxis as a technique is vital then also monitoring and surveillance of drug resistance at national level, said Dr Vivek Vasudev Pai, Director, Bombay Leprosy Project”.

Dr. Narendra G Patwardhan, Organizing Chairman (DERMACON 2020) addressed the abuse of steroid based medicines and said “Corticosteroids, also referred to as steroids, are anti-inflammatory medicines used for a variety of conditions. These are present in some creams used as fairness creams, combination drugs, antifungal, anti-bacterial combination, these irrational combinations are prescribed by family physicians, pharmacists without understanding the damaging impact of steroid use.”

Dr. Dhanashree Bhide, Scientific Chairman (DERMACON 2020) further added that “The widespread misuse of skin creams and lotions that contain steroids in India is harmful and out of control. Indian doctors are witnessing an epidemic of adverse effects induced by topical corticosteroids. These steroid creams and lotions can cause substantial and permanent damage, especially on thin skin, like on the face and groin. Side effects include pigmentation and breakdown of the skin, small and widened blood vessels on the skin, also as bacterial and fungal infections. Misuse also can cause resistance of infections which will make these difficult to diagnose and treat”.

Dr. Pradyumna Vaidya, Organizing Secretary (DERMACON 2020) spoke about developed countries where topical corticosteroids are available strictly by prescription and sale thru the other medium is restricted. These should be used judiciously, for appropriate indications and duration and as long as prescribed by qualified Dermatologists. He further added “Citizens, also as doctors of all specialties, got to be told and educated about safe use of topical corticosteroids. Government must implement a strict policy for its dispensing, approvals and prescription given by respective authorities. Even qualified medical practitioners in India are ignorant about rational prescribing therefore, we at IADVL appeal to the govt to ban these "irrational combinations".

DERMACON 2020 is one among its kind in terms of magnitude and one among the most important events ever held in Pune by the Dermatologist Association of Maharashtra. Vama Events Pvt ltd has worked hard for two years for successful implementation of this 4 days of such an outsized event.

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