More neurologists needed for increasing needs of patients: Experts

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 23 Desember 2012 | 22.23

MUMBAI: With an increasing population falling prey to it, degenerative diseases, mostly neurological, stands as one of the biggest health threats in India. Experts in the city have stressed on the need for more neurologists in India to attend to the increasing needs of patients suffering from neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer's and dementia.

One of the premier medical journals in the country, 'Journal of Association of Physicians of India' (JAPI) stated earlier this year that there are only approximately 1,100 qualified clinical neurologists working in India.

Doctors say that frequent screening with the use of technology such as CT scan and MRI scans is making it possible to detect and diagnose these conditions early.

"There has been a steady increase in the number of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) in recent times. The numbers are rising apparently due to increased awareness or increased availability of imaging facilities such as MRI scans," said Dr Arun Shah, consultant, neurologist, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.

Several common neurological conditions have also been recognised as serious and need urgent attention. They include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson and Alzheimer among others.

MS is an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks its own cells and tissues hampering neurological signalling from the brain to nerves around the body. According to estimates, there are over one lakh MS patients in the country. Women are twice more likely to fall prey to MS than men.

Parkinson's disease is another common neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by progressive loss of muscle control leading to loss of mobility. The disease is believed to affect about 7 million people in India.

Approximately 70% of all dementia cases can be attributed to Alzheimer's. There are around 3.7 million Indians who suffer from this dreaded disease accounting for almost a quarter of the global load. There is an acute lack of facilities to detect or treat patients with Alzheimer's, so patients get ignored. In the west, they are much better off.

Dr B S Singhal, director of neurology, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences said, "These chronic neurological conditions cause long-term disability if left untreated. Also, such patients suffer severe pain and go through mental as well as physical trauma. It becomes crucial to treat such patients with high priority. We urge the government to pay heed to the situation. The burden of neurological disorders in our country is increasing, the awareness in the population is growing yet there is shortage of neurologists to care for them."

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