PGI director’s dept goes austere, conference to be without liquor

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2015 15:47 IST

After recent conferences of doctors with luxurious food and free flowing expensive liquor, PGIMER director’s own department is set to hold a conference on liver diseases without liquor next week.

A two-day international conference on ascites, a disease where fluid gets accumulated in the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen, is being organised by the department of hepatology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh from next Saturday. Despite getting a large number of celebrated liver experts from abroad, the organisers of the conference have decided that they will not serve liquor during the conference.

“Befitting the aim of the society, we have decided not to serve alcohol during the dinners of this conference,” said Prof Virendra Singh, organising secretary of the conference.

Dr Singh said that they have also hired a former employee of the institute to prepare food, which will cost around ` 300 per person.

This conference is likely to put organisers of other medical conferences in trouble, since with the hepatology conference, a new season of medical conferences will start at the PGIMER.

It will be followed by around 15 medical conferences in one and half month till March 31. Medical conferences generally take place over two months starting with mid October and mid February at the institute. The institute organises around 40 conferences every year.

Earlier in November several departments at the PGIMER came under severe criticism for the pomp and show they put during the events.

Dr Singh said that with about 200 participants, they are sure that this conference will be memorable, highly educational, and a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event, said.

According to experts, liver diseases are on the increase in this part of country due to alcohol consumption and Hepatitis-C.

Distinguished experts in the field of ascites and hepatorenal syndrome as Prof Paolo from the Italy, Prof Wong from Canada, Prof Richard from France, Prof Krag from Denmark, Prof Moore from London and Prof SK Sarin from Delhi will join in for this conference.

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