October 20 is observed as world osteoporosis day to create awareness amongst the population about the morbidity associated with this common clinical condition and also the simple effective measures to prevent it. On this important health occasion, the following events were conducted by the Department of Orthopaedics at AIIMS Mangalagiri.
A health talk on Osteoporosis – presentation and prevention was delivered to patients in the OPD. Colorful Posters in Telugu and English with information about Osteoporosis, its diagnosis, prevention, and treatment were displayed in the OPD block of AIIMS as an exhibition to the public.
Information, education and communication Pamphlets on Osteoporosis overview was released by the Director, Dr. Mukesh Tripathi. The pamphlets were distributed to all the patients who visited the OPD.
A camp for screening of Osteoporosis was organized in the Orthopaedics OPD. Bone Mineral Density testing by Quantitative Ultrasound was done in all patients above 50 years of age. Free assessment of bone mineral density (BMD) was done and 129 patients were screened and appropriate treatment was given to the patients diagnosed with Osteoporosis.
A webinar was conducted to all faculties, students and Nurses of AIIMS Mangalagiri highlighting the clinical presentation, fracture risk assessment, preventive measures including diet and exercise and also treatment modalities for Osteoporosis. The event was concluded by Dr. Vineet Thomas, HOD Orthopaedics by summarizing the events of the day.