1000 patients attended the awareness and screening camps
Over 1000 people received free check-ups and counselling for digestive problems at patient screening camps that were held in nine cities (Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Kollam, Hyderabad, Manipal, Kota, Ahmedabad and Indore). In these camps, leading medical devices company Boston Scientific India offered free check-ups and counselling for people with any digestive tract problems.
Mr Prabal Chakraborty, Vice President and Managing Director, Boston Scientific India said, "Our mission "Advancing science for life" accurately reflects what we do for patients, physicians, and healthcare systems globally. Our intent behind this initiative was to encourage people to come forward and take charge of their digestive health, which is an often ignored and misunderstood area. For example, many individuals do not understand that a heartburn has nothing to do with the heart but is a form of indigestion. Parents are often unable to understand what might be wrong when their kid complains of a stomach ache. Problems in the digestive tract can be very distressful. But increased awareness about the causes and symptoms of common digestive health problems along with advanced medical devices and procedures leads to better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders."
1000 patients attended the awareness and screening camps. The gastrointestinal problems investigated were: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) that results in burning chest pain because of stomach acid backing up into the esophagus; Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis that cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and fever; Irritable Bowel Syndrome that causes persistant stomach pain lasting several months; hemorrhoids that cause bleeding while passing stool; and anal fissures that have symptoms similar to those of hemorrhoids. Some patients suspected of gall bladder stones and bile stones were advised to come back for further endoscopic procedures.
At the screening camp doctors also shared tips on how to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and explained the need for procedures such as an endoscopy when it came to diagnosis.