Global meet mulls over threat of neurological disorders in 3rd world

Mansukh Mandaviya
Mansukh Mandaviya at International Conference on Neurological Disorders and Therapeutic

Gandhinagar: The ever increasing threat of neurological disorders in developing countries that is precipitating in view of limited resources, was the centre of focus at an international conference of the subject experts who congregated here on October 25.

The International Conference on Neurological Disorders and Therapeutic was organized by the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)-Ahmedabad to foster cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and expertise to help in deciphering different unexplored mysteries of neuroscience.

Speaking at the Conference, Minister for Shipping and Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya said Neurological disorders pose a great challenge to healthcare in developing countries in view of limited resources and manpower that are inadequate to tackle the increasing burden.

Mandaviya hoped that the conference would help to explore and encourage approaches to stimulate new ideas for research and treatment that will be beneficial across the spectrum of neurological disorders.

The minister pointed out that Global Burden of Disease study by the World Bank and the Harvard School of Public Health drew the attention of the international health community to the burden of neurological disorders.

This study found that the burden of neurological disorders was seriously underestimated by traditional epidemiological and health statistical methods that consider only mortality rates but not disability rates. On one hand clinical treatment of such diseases are important, on the other hand lifestyle changes & naturopathy & traditional Indian ayurvedic system of yoga may also provide solutions, Mandaviya said.

He said India is the largest exporter of generic drugs globally and it has been predicted that the figures would go up further in the future. 

“Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has achieved the goal to bring the collaboration between industry and institutes like National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), for a symbiotic relationship,” the minister said.

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