Specttrum News (Kulbir Singh Kalsi): The departments of Nephrology and Rheumatology services of Internal Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh organised a series of public lectures on various aspects of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus as part of the World Lupus Day.
The programme was chaired by Prof BK Sharma, Former Director, PGIMER and Prof YK Chawla, Director PGIMER was also present as the guest of honour.
Prof KL Gupta, the coordinator of today’s event, said that there is a dire need to increase awareness about this multi-system disease which usually affects the young females in the reproductive age group and has a potential to involve various organ systems of the body as described eralier. The pregnancy outcomes are also adversely affected.
Although the disease is not curable it is possible to control it with the effective available treatment. Dr KGupta also mentioned about certain celebrities who are living a successful life despite having this dreadful disease. In the end, he mentioned about Julian Lennon, Global Ambassador for the Lupus Foundation of America and emphasized that like Julian we should also pledge to raise awareness for lupus join the slogan TAME THE LUPUS the theme of this year’s Lupus day.
To give more information about lupus to the general public as well as the patients of lupus, a series of lectures was delivered during 2 hour meet between 3 and 5 pm on May 11, 2015 in the Lecture Theatre of PGIMER, Chandigarh. This included an Overview of Lupus by Dr Aman Sharma, Renal Lupus by Dr Manish Rathi, Cardiovascular involvement in lupus by Dr Shefali Sharma, Skin manifestations of lupus by Dr Tarun Narang, Pregnancy and lupus by Dr Seema Chopra and Neuropsychiatric lupus by Dr Manish Modi.
This event was attended by around 120 lupus patients, junior doctors and students from nursing college. Lupus patients shared their experiences with the disease and there was an extensive interactive question-answer session where the general public and lupus patients discussed their queries with the specialists. The programmed ended at 5,30 pm with refreshments for all the participants.