Ludhiana – Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana organized awareness program on World IBD Day. 50 patients their relatives attended the programme. The event was organized under the supervision of Dr. Nitin Shanker Behl, head of gastroenterology department at Fortis hospital Ludhiana. The program was inaugurated by Mr. Vivan Singh Gill, Facility Director, Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana. Live Fearless Campaign to make people aware of the disease and break stigmata associated with it was launched during the event.
Giving information about the disease Dr.Nitin Said Do not dismiss diarrhoea. Progressive loosening of stool may be the first symptom of a serious gastrointestinal disease long plaguing westerners but now increasingly observed among Indians especially Punjabis with alarming rates.
IBD, which stands for inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide. There is no definitive cure, no known single cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives. Patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, characterized by abdominal cramps, diarrhea and sometimes blood in the stool, Dr. Nitin Behl said we get three to four cases of IBD every day. “We have recently started a dedicated OPD services – IBD clinic – to deal with the disease burden,” The disease strikes a person in the prime of life between the ages of 20 to 40 years. Suffering from IBD for 10 or more year’s leads to a high risk of malignancy.
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