Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) as a medical condition is assuming endemic proportions in Assam and North East India, especially among children. Currently, India has an under-5 mortality rate of 48 per 1000 live births. Community-acquired pneumonia contributes to about one sixth of this mortality. Among adults, individuals lacking in hygiene and underlying lung disease are prone to suffer from CAP. To address this situation and continuing its record of conducting knowledge-enriching Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes, GNRC Hospitals organized a CME on Community-Acquired Pneumonia at GNRC Dispur.

aspiring to enhance their knowledge about diagnostic to treatment modalities of CAP and evolving trends in causative organisms attended the event. The event was addressed by Dr. Bhaskar Narayan Choudhury, (Microbilogist), Fortis Healthcare and by Dr. S. Ram Subban, (Intensivist, Chest disease specialist), Apollo Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nomal Chandra Borah, Chairman cum Managing Director, GNRC, said, “On behalf of all the participants at the event, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the speakers. Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) is increasingly contributing to the death of individuals in North East India, especially children and senior citizens. This CME would help us provide quality healthcare for CAP cases. As a medical professional, we need continuously be aware of the evolving trends in bacteriological profile, mortality trends and developments in  the field of medical science for the treatment of CAP, not only to educate ourselves but also to translate into better patient care in the long run and facilitate Health for All.”

Dr. Borah emphasized the importance of addressing the growing burden of communicable diseases such as CAP and other health conditions. According to Draft National Health Policy 2015, communicable diseases contribute to 24.4% of the entire disease burden. “As conscionable members of society, we at GNRC organise CME programme through the year. The main objective of these is to educate and update our professional colleagues about the recent advancements in the medical field – to progress in the direction of our guiding principle – ‘Health for All, Smiles for All,” he concluded.

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