What is the Scenario of Leprosy globally from the perspective of Dermatologists was the issue for discussion during the Seminar held on 25-8-2011, Thursday at LT Municipal Medical College, Mumbai.
The seminar was organised as a part of the commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of Bombay Leprosy Project (BLP) in collaboration with Indian Association of Leprologists – Maharashtra Branch to review the Proceedings on Leprosy at the World Congress of Dermatology (WCD), Seoul, Korea, May 2011” under the Continuing Medical Education program. The seminar dealt mainly on the research papers including symposia discussed at the Congress and the relevant literature. The topics were reviewed by the Post Graduate Residents of the city medical colleges.
Dr VV Pai, Director, BLP who was invited to Chair the session at the WCD while welcoming the audience gave an overview of the scientific sessions discussed at the Congress highlighting that there were a good number of papers on Leprosy from various countries presented at the Congress.
Dr D G Saple, Former Prof and Head, Dept of Dermatology, J J Hospitals, Mumbai and a well known Expert in HIV Diseases was the Chairperson for the meeting. Dr Saple while appreciating BLP for organising the seminar mentioned that the lessons learnt from the scientific presentations of the Congress indicate that Post graduate students should keep in mind various atypical manifestations of leprosy, significance of epidemiological aspects, principles of treatment of the disease and clinical manifestations seen in leprosy observed in the field of HIV programme.
Dr R Ganapati, Director Emeritus, BLP while discussing the data on relapses seen at the Referral Centre of BLP mentioned that relapse in leprosy is a clinical problem occurring mostly due to persister organisms and rarely due to drug resistance as is seen in Tuberculosis and other diseases. He observed that in a chronic bacterial disease like leprosy long term observations are necessary.
Research Scientists, Dermatologists, Public Health Specialists, Post Graduate Students from the city medical colleges deliberated extensively on various research papers dealing with epidemiological and social aspects, clinical aspects, treatment of leprosy, disability care and relapse of the disease that were presented in the Congress.