JAMMU, Feb 19: Second refresher training on `Ponseti Method’ (special method) of Clubfoot treatment was today organized at Government Medical College, Jammu. The training was organized to up-skill the Orthopedic surgeons, who are involved in the treatment of children born with clubfoot deformity through the new method.
Eminent guests included Dr Gurjeet Singh Soodan, Director Health Services, Jammu and Dr Mohan Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission.
The training was attended by 100 Orthopedic surgeons from different Hospitals and Medical Colleges of Jammu & Kashmir and a total no of participants exceeded 250. The training was headed by Dr Mathew Varghese, Medical Director, (HOD-Department of Orthopedic) St. Stephen’s Hospital Delhi and Dr. Anil Mehtani, Director Professor Orthopedics, RML Hospital, New Delhi. Dr Santosh, Director Cure International India Trust was the key source person and has organized 68 such trainings before.
More than 50 patients with deformed foot were seen and live tenotonies (surgeries to correct the foot) were also performed on children. The trainee doctors got to attend various sessions on the Ponseti method and also got hands-on experience on art of putting plasters to correct the deformed foot.
The training programme was a huge success under the guidance of Principal GMC Dr Zahid Gilani and Dr Anil Gupta, Head of the Department Orthopedics. Dr Sanjeev Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Government Medical College and Zulekha Khan, State Program Coordinator from CURE Clubfoot were the active members, who organized and structured this training.
The Orthopedicians are now expected to implement the Ponseti method for the treatment of clubfoot children at the various hospitals across the State. The patients with deformed foot can now be very well treated at their own home districts.