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World Vitiligo Day observed in Guwahati
The North-East States branch of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (NEIADVL) observed June 25 as World Vitiligo Day along with the rest of the world to commemorate the death anniversary of pop icon Michael Jackson, who was a patient of Vitiligo.
The day-long programmes were aimed at educating the public on the benign nature of the disease and reducing stigma and discrimination faced by the sufferers. These included free vitiligo camps, radio and TV shows, setting up banners and posters at strategic locations, distribution of information leaflets for public awareness, sending of informative bulk sms and write-ups on prominent newspapers.

There were also scientific programmes for the medical fraternity in the form of CMEs and panel discussions to update doctors with the latest knowledge on the subject and encourage research in vitiligo.

At Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati the faculty of the Department of Dermatology, namely Prof. (Dr.) Jyoti Nath, Prof. (Dr.) Debeeka Hazarika and Asso. Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Adhicari enlightened the vitiligo patients on the nature of vitiligo and its treatment and answered to queries from the patients.

Patients were provided free medicines for their treatment including some expensive ones that cannot otherwise be easily procured by the common man. Educational programmes for doctors included a national level webinar featuring prominent dermatologists of the nation, that was webcast on a big screen at the Dept. of Dermatology, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati in the afternoon, and a CME organised at a prominent hotel in Guwahati in the evening.

Both programmes saw an encouraging participation of dermatologists from the region.

In Dhekiajuli a public meeting was organised to educate the public on the nature of the disease and saw an encouraging participation by the general public. This was stated in a press release by Dr. Nasiur Rahman, Branch Secretary, NE States branch, Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL).

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