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Urgent need for Training of Emerging Surgeons in India as cases of Joint Replacement Surgeries likely to Rise

Osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage in and around the joints that the body cannot fully repair

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New Delhi, March 26, 2017: With India expected to be the osteoarthritis capital of the world by 2025 with over 60 million cases, leading orthopaedic surgeons stress the urgent need for training of emerging surgeons as the cases of joint replacement surgeries are likely to rise.

Doctors say that with improvement in medical techniques, patients now have a better acceptance to the joint replacement surgeries but to maintain this, there is a need for better training of the orthopaedic surgeons across the country.

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“Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis in India, affecting over 15 million adults every year. A large chunk of them have started opting for joint replacements… however, this can’t be carried across the country due to the shortage of well trained orthopaedic surgeons,” said Nishchal Chugh, Director and head of Centre for Joint Replacement at Saroj Superspecialty Hospital.

He said that the government should focus towards organising workshops on latest knee replacement surgeries for the emerging orthopaedic surgeons and create more medical colleges along with training centres.

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Osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage in and around the joints that the body cannot fully repair. The exact causes are not known but there are several factors thought to increase the risk of developing the condition. According to doctors, though the current solution for osteoarthritis is surgery involving a transplant, only 10 percent of the Indians undergo it due to fear of late recovery till now.

Surveys have revealed that the reason behind the onset of this endemic is said to be increasing longevity of Indians. By 2020, the number of 65 and above population in India is likely to be about 177 million, whereas India had 100 million people in this age group in 2010.

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Doctors said that with improvement in joint replacements, it is now a days being opted by an increasing number of young patients because of the durability, unlike some years ago.

“If a young patient knows that their replaced joint will last anywhere between 30-35 years, they can confidently go for it not worrying about whether they are too young for a joint replacement,” said Ajai Singh, orthopaedic surgeon with the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital here.

Singh said that proper training of orthopaedic surgeons will help the osteoarthritis patients in rural areas, which is expected to have the 60 per cent of the disease’s burden in the coming years. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Makes Changes in India After Deadly Attacks

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages

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WhatsApp has announced changes for its 200 million users in India following the spread of viral messages via the app that resulted in deadly mob attacks.

India’s government has threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying “…the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability.” The information technology ministry said, “If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action.”

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Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018. (VOA)

The Facebook-owned messaging app said it will limit Indian users’ ability to forward messages, allowing only five contacts at a time to receive them.

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.

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Both moves are designed to make stop the mass forwards that have resulted in the mob attacks.

India is WhatsApp’s largest market. (VOA)