Doctors need additional training to tackle allergic ailments: WAO

Hyderabad: Additional training should be provided to pediatricians, allergists and other clinicians to help combat the impact of growing allergy-related ailments, a conference held at the World Allergy Organisation said here.

The four-day International Scientific Conference, held under the patronage of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which concluded yesterday stressed that there is a "need for high-quality allergen extracts and allergen-specific IgE tests for Indian foods and celiac reagents/tests."

"The experts emphasised the need for additional data and labelling policies which are considered essential to enable consumers and exporters of Indian food and packaged products to take informed decisions," the organisers said in a release today.

The conference was attended by more than 1,000 representatives of universities and scientific organisations from across the country and the globe.

The event offered an instructive range of educational sessions for physicians and allied health care professionals.

Global medical experts who participated in the conference shared their ideas and new information on the emerging science of allergy and treatment for serious diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic skin diseases.

The WISC also concluded with an agreement of WAO to work in collaboration with Ministry of Health and other medical associations, with the aim to establish implementation groups in the country to improve medical practices for the betterment of quality of life for patients affected with allergies, the release said.

Allergic diseases and asthma, like other non-communicable diseases, are escalating to epidemic proportions worldwide and up to 30-40 per cent of the world`s population are now affected by some form of allergy.


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