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Health Ministry to train medical officers to manage NAFLDs in PHCs & district hospitals

The Union Health Ministry organised a webinar to train medical officers to treat Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases (NAFLDs) in Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stressed that capacity building is necessary for medical officers as it provides them with the unique opportunity to access valuable knowledge and expertise, contributing to their professional development and enhancing their ability to address the challenges posed by Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases (NAFLD) effectively.

“It equips them with the skills to understand the risk factors, the appropriate diagnosis, as well as standard treatment flows to tackle the rising challenge of NAFLDs in the country,” he added.

The national webinar was attended by over 7,000 medical officers from across the country.

Bhushan pointed out that as the economic and demographic profile of the country has changed, so has its epidemiological profile leading to a rise in non-communicable diseases.

He emphasised the increased role of Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres, and District Hospitals.

Bhushan said, “As they work with the community directly, it is important they have the right information to disseminate to the community at large, as well as focus on inducing lifestyle based changes. Capacity building programmes such as these become more important in providing our medical officers with the right knowledge and tools so they can do their task effectively.”

The health ministry said that in view of NAFLD emerging as a growing health concern, the primary objective of this capacity building webinar organized under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases was to foster knowledge exchange, promote collaboration, and raise awareness about NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) and its impact on global health among medical officers in the country.

The ministry further said that this capacity Building Programme will have two tracks- the first will include regular webinars, and the second will include 3 day residential training programmes. The first state to undertake this residential training programme will be Madhya Pradesh.

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