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Tremendous scope in medical service sector

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 16:37 IST

DOCTORS IN India need to think about developing newer processes as India is set to become a major provider of medical services in coming years, said Dr D D Bhawalkar, dermatologists and former Director of Centre for Advanced Technology here.

“Just like in IT sector, there is tremendous scope in the medical service sector. We have to be at the forefront in the research sector so that the world takes note of us,” Dr Bhawalkar said in his inaugural speech at the 12th annual state level conference of dermatologists, venerologist and leprologists ‘CUTICON MP 2006’ at Hotel Fortune Landmark here this evening.

Dr N C Sethi, former head of the department of Dermatologist and Venerology at MGM Medical College here, expressed concern about the lesser number of dermatologists in the state.  “We are the first ones to see many diseases. We then refer the patients to the doctors concerned so the onus is on us to give the faculty its due”, he said.

CUTICON organising secretary Dr Anil Dashore was elected as the state president for the coming term. Speaking to Hindustan Times on the sidelines of the function, Dr M Ramam from AIIMS, New Delhi said that there still is a lot of social stigma associated with ‘white spots’ on the body.

“People have this innate fear of being outcast. Youngsters and their families, feel they would not be able to marry … even some employers throw their employees out because of this,” Dr Ramam said adding, “there has to be a sustained campaign against leukoderma.”

“Also called vitiligo, leukoderma does not otherwise cause any problem except for the fact that the psychological fear it leads to is tremendous and there we need to increase awareness that there are many diseases more problematic than this,” he said.

Earlier, the session started with workshop on dermal fillers, rejuvenation and skin botox by dermatologists and cosmetologist from Mumbai Dr Malvika Kohli while Dr M Ramam from AIIMS, New Delhi spoke on Cutaneus Tuberculosis and Dr Atul Kathed spoke on “What’s there in Her Vanity?”

In between Dr Malvika even gave live demonstration about the use of dermal fillers with two of the participating doctors becoming volunteers for her.

“The conference is an excellent opportunity for the practicing dermatologists from all over the state to learn about newer techniques and also about latest advances and research in dermatology,” Dr Dashore said. There are about 60-65 participants from all over the state, who can benefit from the experience and knowledge of the outstanding names in the field.

‘Art of looking young is catching up’
YOU NEED not be a Dev Anand or Elizabeth Taylor to keep looking young forever … thanks to anti-ageing agents like dermal fillers and botox, anyone and everyone who can afford, can make himself/herself look younger and definitely better.
Dermatologist and cosmetologist from Mumbai Dr Malvika Kohli told reporters on the sidelines of the workshop, “It’s been quite some time that use of botox and dermal fillers have been used in India as anti-ageing methods. These necessarily have cosmetic use but then, botox is also used for medical purposes.”

Dermal fillers or botox, both are basically special fluids injected into the body at a specified area. As the procedure is mainly used for cosmetic and aesthetic purposes, patients prefer jobs mostly on face. “And celebrity endorsements only add in social acceptance,” says Dr Kohli, who has treated many a celebrities in Mumbai.

“But this is not restricted to celebrities or the elite group. People from all strata are coming forward thanks to awareness and also the disposable income they have,” Dr Kohli a consultant at Jaslok Hospital (Mumbai), said.
There are no side effects of any of these treatments, she assured but asked to be cautious about the right type of chemicals to be used for these.

Asked if the procedures are cost effective for the common man, she said, “The overall cost may be in the range of Rs 15,000-25,000 for one sitting depending on the nature of job to be carried out. I think, if looks are a premium, people do spend that much.” It’s basically the fillers and the botox injections that are costly, plus the injection charges and allied fees.