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Region 8 - Medicare initiatives from Scotland

Medical education for doctors attending overseas medical camps, continued with the third lecture given by Dr. Madhu Sriram, consultant paediatrician, who spoke on: Common Ailments in Indian Practice.
The talk was held at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on 17th March 2012.

She spoke on common paediatric conditions including malnutrition, tuberculosis, skin infections, hook worm infestations, iron deficiency anaemia, vitamin deficiencies and rickets.

In addition, she gave valuable tips on how to identify these problems in a rural setting and educated us on simple treatment plans for these disorders.

Patient Education:

Dr. Madhu highlighted that simple measures such as sanitation, regular hand washing, bathing and ample exposure to sunlight were key measures for healthy living and prevention of infectious diseases. Parents should also be taught to use simple nutritious food and measures such as adding sugar, vegetable oil and peanuts to treat and prevent malnutrition.

She recommended that parents be made aware of: the availability of free immunisations, HIV treatment for high risk populations, tuberculosis treatment centres, and free midday meal programmes at the local Peripheral Health Clinics (PHCs).

Medical Education:

This included management of conditions such as tuberculosis, iron deficiency anaemia, scurvy, rheumatic heart disease and rickets. She recommended WHO treatment protocols for tuberculosis.

Consultants and associate specialists from various specialities including ENT, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Endocrinology and Psychiatry, attended these sessions.

Sai Ram
Region 8