Bhubaneswar dated 29th June 2018: Thyroid disorders are increasing in prevalence. There is a constantly ongoing scientific research in every field of medicine including thyroid disorders, owing to its impact on general health in females. In order to update the doctors from various fields, the endocrine society of Odisha led by its secretary Dr J B Kanwar did organize a thyroid symposium at Bhubaneswar. It was presided over by Dr P K Mishra, senior Endocrinologist, president endocrine society of Odisha. Several topics pertaining to importance of thyroid to general physicians, paediatricians, gynaecologists, surgeons and otolarlngologists were discussed by eminent endocrinologist speakers from across India and Odisha.
Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Consultant Endocrinologist from Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur was invited as a guest speaker to deliver on Congenital Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism since birth). Thyroid hormone is essential for physical, mental and sexual growth of children. Congenital hypothyroidism is very common condition found in 1 in 3000 children newborn children across the globe. In fact it is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation worldwide. Most of the Western countries have already adopted universal blood testing (for thyroid disorders) of every newborn on day 3-5 after birth to rule out this easily treatable condition. Unfortunately India is yet to adapt to this. If not treated, it can present with weight gain, sleepiness, dry skin, hoarse cry, poor feeding, constipation, puffy face, dullness, enlarged tongue and umbilicus, prolonged jaundice. During childhood, it can give rise to short stature, pubertal disorder, menstrual problems and poor school performance. Treatment is in the form of tablets to be taken daily lifelong with periodic testing as per advice of treating endocrinologist. Dr Sunil and other eminent endocrinologists unanimously called upon for affirmative action from all quarters to make universal thyroid screen mandatory by Govt of India.
There were total of 8 different topics presented by other speakers as well on other aspect of thyroid disorders. Prof Dr A K Baliarsinha, Head, Endocrinology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack; Prof Dr Binay Mohanty, Head, Endocrinology, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur; Prof Dr K A V Subrahmaniam, Head, Endocrinology, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam and Prof Dr Abhay Sahu, Head, Endocrinology, IMS & SUM, Bhubaneswar were amongst other speakers for the symposium. Around 150 doctors from various stream from the twin city of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur attended the session. Prof Dr P C Sahu, senior physician from Berhampur too was invited to chair one of the session. Dr J B Kanwar, Organizing secretary, concluded the session by extending vote of thanks to all the chairpersons, speaker, audience and media personnel.