Hyderabad, Thursday, January 17, 2019: The 12th Annual Meeting of the Venous Association of India, being held at Hyderabad, from January 17 to 20, 2019 at Hotel Manohar, Begumpet, was today inaugurated by Honourable Governor of AP & Telangana, ESL Narasimhan in the presence of Guests of Honour- Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals Group and Dr. Raghu Ram P, President, The Association of Surgeons of India (2019); Dr. Ravul Jindal, President, VAI; Prof. Pinjala Ramakrishna, Organising Chairman; Dr. Ramakrishna Pinjala, Organising Chairman, VAICON 2019, Dr. Nihar Ranjan Pradhan, Organising Secretary-VAICON 2019, members of VAICON and the participants. The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Vein Therapies are Safe.” The inauguration also witnessed the launch of the VAI app.
Over 350 Participants including Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, Physiotherapists and faculties from all over India and other countries will attend the 3-day conference. The 3-day conference schedule encompasses wide range of topics and includes recent scientific, clinical and technical achievements in the field of venous diseases. It offers the delegates an outstanding combination of debates, symposiums, workshops, paper and poster presentations as well as young achievers award, and prizes in each category. There are nearly one hundred presentations on different topics that will be held during the 3-day deliberations.
A walkathon is also planned on January 18th between 6.30 am to 7.30 am near the Old Airport to increase the awareness of venous problems in the society.
The International Lymphology Full day Workshop with didactic lectures and Hands-on training will be held on 20th January 2019 at Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR) Hyderabad.
Venous disorders are common in our society and they affect the quality of life. Varicose veins, ulcers and deep vein thrombosis are venous disorders. These disorders not only affect the quality of life but also increase the financial burden to the family. Now these disorders are better understood and safely treated by the doctors who are looking after the venous diseases. Varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis can be treated effectively and safely with the available methods of treatment.
Sharing his views, Dr. Ravul Jindal, President, VAI said, “It is important to develop an attitude towards research and evidence building in every scientific sphere and this conference would be a major step towards this goal in the field of Venous Surgery. Inclusion of lymphedema workshop, latest research talks on venous disease, young researcher award, venous ulcer registry, venous disorders book launch and above all launch of VAI app will make this event a great success.”
Speaking at the inauguration, Dr. Sangita Reddy shared, “It is heartening that doctors from across India and overseas, nurses, technicians are all participating in VIACON 2019. Collective and collaborative effort is critical to accelerate positive change and participation from so many passionate individuals is a beacon of success.”
Sharing his thoughts, Dr. P Raghu Ram shared, “I hope that in time, The Venous Association of India would join forces with The Association of Surgeons of India in spreading the knowledge relating to venous disorders amongst the general surgical fraternity of our country. This joint initiative, would undoubtedly pave the path towards significantly improving standards of care of patients presenting with these disorders in our country.”
About Venous Association of India:
Started in 2007, Venous Association of India was started with an objective of promoting the research and study of venous diseases in India. Started by physicians and healthcare professionals who have a special interest in venous disease in India, VAI was modeled after the American Venous Forum, the European Venous Forum, and other phlebological societies.
At that time, discussions about venous disease in India were primarily confined to a session or two at the annual meeting of the Vascular Society of India or were shared on the sidelines. The first program that focused on venous disease in India was the Continuing Surgical Education Programme in Vascular Surgery and Venous Diseases that was held at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India in 2005. In April 2007, the first executive committee comprising of 7 members met to create the organizations by laws and registered the Venous Association of India in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
VAI’s focus is on venous thrombosis, varicose veins, and other venous diseases, which are as problematic in India as anywhere in the world. So, the primary objectives of the Venous Association of India (VAI) are:
To help facilitate the active continuing medical education of its members
To improve understanding about the prevention, investigation, and treatment of venous disease
To encourage the development and dissemination of information about venous disease
To promote collaboration between venous, phlebological, and vascular societies, health agencies, and health experts at national and international levels
To award scholarships and stipends for research and training in the field of venous disease
To cooperate with any other organization whose objectives are similar to those of the VAI