National Stroke Summit 2022: Stroke or Brain attack is one of the leading causes of death and disability in India. Each year 1.8 million new stroke cases occur in the country and every 40 seconds one Indian suffers a stroke. One stroke death occurs every four minutes in the nation. Though brain stroke is a preventable and treatable disease, however, owing to lack of awareness and healthcare facilities, increasing number of people are dying or getting disable.
Recounting his personal experience, Dr. Lorho Pfoze, Member of Parliament from Manipur and a doctor himself, who is a member of Standing Committee of Parliament on Health and Family Welfare, said that his father died of brain stroke after suffering for 10 years and he could feel the pain of victims’ family members. Assuring the audience at the National Stroke Summit 2022 here at FICCI House to take up the issue with the central government, he suggested FICCI to prepare a detailed report on the learnings of this summit and make a representation to the government with the recommendations.
National Stroke Summit was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on Tuesday. Dr. Pfoze was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He launched the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare providers (NABH) joint Stroke centre certification program. He also released the stroke awareness video during the meeting.
Sheila Martins, the President of WSO, said that the WSO’s mission is to reduce the global burden of stroke through more effective prevention, better treatment, and long-term support. She shared the experience of Brazil and other South American countries in improving the stroke care services through WSO stroke center certification program. She also stated that implementation of WSO and NABH joint certification program in India will promote high quality stroke care.
Martins aims to implement globally focusing on low- and middle-income countries.
Representing government’s views, Atul Mohan Kochhar, CEO of NABH mentioned that the rapidly increasing number of stroke centers can lead to compromise in the quality of stroke care if guidelines and protocols are not followed. NABH will work closely with WSO and the experts from India to set standards for stroke center certification.
Sharing his field experience on the issue, Jeyaraj D Pandian, President Elect of WSO and a Professor of Neurology and Principal at CMC, Ludhiana said that contrary to perception, more cases of stroke are happening in rural areas rather than urban areas. The majority of the stroke units in the country are in the private sector hospitals. There are few States where stroke units have been developed in Government hospitals. Highly effective time sensitive treatments like giving clot bursting injection (thrombolysis) and clot retrieving (thrombectomy) treatment are expensive and unaffordable to many patients. Recently the Government of India has included stroke care packages including thrombolysis, stroke unit care and thrombectomy in the Universal health coverage scheme Ayushman Bharat. WSO and NABH stroke certification will create the delivery of stroke care across the country in a standardized way.
Several dignitaries from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, stroke experts discussed the challenges in implementing stroke treatment in India.
Earlier, Praveen Kumar Mittal, Senior Director, FICCI welcomed the guest and panelists. During the summit, Dr. Sunny Swankar, DADG (SS), MoHFW, Dr. Dileep Yavagal, Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at University of Miami, Dr. M.V. Padma Srivastava, Chief Neurosciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr. Vipul Gupta, Dr. Vikram Huded, HoD Neurology, NH Banglore, Dr. Arvind Sharma, HoD Neurology, Zydus Hospital, Ahmedabad, Dr. Raj Sreenivas, Consultant — Neurointerventional Surgery, Artemis Hospital, Gurugram, Dr. Jayanta Roy, Director of Stroke Medicine & Senior Consultant, INK Kolkata, Dr. Vivek Gupta, Professor and Head Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology, Amrita, Faridabad, Dr. Ratna Devi, Founder & CEO, IAPG, Dr. Ivy Sebastian, Consultant, Department of Neurology at St. Stephen’s Hospital, India were among the leading experts who deliberated on the use of Technologies like artificial intelligence in the rapid assessment and management of stroke patients. Mittal concluded with the vote of thanks.