Anantnag, Dec 4, KNT: CURE International India Trust (CIIT) J&K Saturday held a day-long continuing medical education (CME) at Government Medical College (GMC) Medical college hospital in Anantnag to train doctors and medical assistants in the treatment of clubfoot.
Noted orthopaedic surgeons Dr Mathew Varghese and Dr Vikas Gupta delivered lectures on the Ponseti method of clubfoot management and the latest techniques to treat clubfoot across the world.
Dr Mathew and Dr Gupta performed the tenomoty and casts to the patients on spot to raise awareness among the participating doctors in effectively treating the clubfoot.
“Today was the fifth refresher training on Ponseti method of clubfoot management and we ran the programme in collaboration with GMC’s department of orthopaedics and spine surgery,” said Rubia Hamid, State Programme Coordinator (CIIT) J&K. “Our experts Dr Mathew Varghese and Dr Vikas Guptai spoke about the spectrum of clubfoot deformity, Ponseti Method, Pirani clubfoot score, etc., besides holding practical sessions like tenomoty, casting on rubber foot models, practice scores on patients and casting on patients.”
CIIT runs its programme in J&K with a goal to eradicate disability caused by clubfoot. Currently, it runs six clinics in the state.
“We are smoothly running the programme in the state and our clinics are functional at GMC hospital Anantnag, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, JLNM hospital Rainawari, Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar, GMC Jammu and Government hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu,” Hamid said. “We have over 1800 children enrolled with us in the entire state to whom we are providing free treatment, besides free braces to the children with deformity.”
According to CIIT, over 150 children are born with clubfoot in India every day. The programme aims to enlighten the public that clubfoot can be treated and neglected clubfoot leads to lifetime disability.
“CIIT’s programme has benefited a lot of parents and our active collaboration with the organisation in terms of performing casts and tenomoty on the children born with deformity is moving in a right direction to eradicate the clubfoot,” Dr Younis Kamal, head of the department orthopaedics and spine surgery said. “People whose children are born with clubfoot can get the treatment and braces free of cost at designated hospitals where CIIT is running the programme.”
Clubfoot is a deformity present from birth that severely twists the foot downward and inward, making walking difficult or impossible. CIIT is running the programme in J&K since 2015 to dispel notions and myths around clubfoot and aware people that clubfoot can be treated completely.
“While clubfoot cannot be prevented, it can be corrected, and the treatment at our clinics is free of cost,” said District Programme Coordinator, Anantnag. “Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) Anantnag provides free of cost plaster to the children born with clubfoot. The credit for successfully running the programme goes to RBSK and doctors.”
Doctors say clubfoot is apparent at birth. Despite its appearance, it is painless in infants. Eventually, however, clubfoot does cause discomfort and is a noticeable disability.
“If ignored walking will become difficult or impossible, and the longer the condition goes without treatment, the more complicated and expensive correction will become. Persons with untreated clubfoot often experience tremendous ridicule, shaming, and discrimination,” Dr. Imran Khan, the orthopaedic surgeon said.
SPC CIIT J&K said keeping in view the success of clubfoot programme, they are going to work on another key project in J&K to cover six conditions among the children.
“We have launched a new programme and are presently compiling data on six conditions which are deaf and hard of hearing, visually challenged, Down’s syndrome, autism development dysplasia of the hip, cerebral palsy,” Hamid said. ”
GMC Anantnag Principal Syed Tariq Qureshi thanked experts from CIIT for holding the CME and expressed hope that it will hold such programmes in future as well.
“We feel honoured that experts like Dr Mathew Varghese and Dr Vikas Gupta shared their knowledge and expertise in clubfoot management with the doctors here and expect that CIIT will hold similar programmes in the college in future as well,” Qureshi said.
During the programme Dr Nawaz Bhat highlighted their achievements in clubfoot management in collaboration with CIIT and Dr Murtaza Fazal Ali presented the vote of thanks.