Kochi: The Kerala government should take steps to include issues faced by rheumatic patients in the state under its health care programme, president of Indian Rheumatology Association Dr Amitha Agarwal said.
Speaking at the Indian Rheumatology Association National Conference ‘IRACON 2016’ she said various health care programmes of the Kerala Government should cover the problems of arthritis.
“As the number of arthritis patients are increasing at an alarming rate, steps should be taken to face the problem.There should be institutional support to develop more arthritis care centres,” Dr Agarwal said.
She noted that the disease spreads across ages and also that lifestyles add a lot to its occurrence
The three day conference, inaugurated by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam yesterday, is designed to facilitate symposiums, workshops and seminars discuss complex issues of rheumatics in India, its remedies and innovative treatment methodologies.
More than 1,500 doctors and delegates from 20 countries are participating in the programme.
Indian Rheumatology Association Secretary Dr Rajiv Guptha, Scientific Committee Chairman Binoy J Paul, IRACON Organising Committee Chairman Dr Ramesh Bhasi were among those who participated.