CHANDIGARH,15.05.24-The department of Internal Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh organized a patient awareness program on systemic vasculitis ,on 14th May, 2024. The month of May is celebrated as International vasculitis awareness month.The program was inaugurated by Prof Naresh Panda, Dean(Academics), PGIMER, Chandigarh. He stressed the importance of diagnosing these diseases in time as there was lack of awareness of these diseases. He gave examples wher he had seen patients who had lost hearing due to delay in diagnosis.

The first session was a talk by Prof Aman Sharma on making the patients and the relatives aware about the precautions, warning signs, dietary and lifestyle recommendations etc. He emphasided the need for early diagnosis and multispeciality tea approach in managing these patients as these disease often present with simultaneous involvement of various organs of the body. This was followed by talk by Dr Niladri Bhowmick. Then there was a panel discussion moderated by Dr Shankar Naidu where he asked the panelists about the common querries in the minds of patients.

Finally patients asked about their doubts to the panelsts Prof Aman Sharma, Prof Varun Dhir and Prof Shefali Sharma. The session ended with words of wisdom from Prof Sanjay Jain.