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Lucknow's KGMU to launch a new app for answering queries related to Orthopaedic issues in children

Questions related to club foot and first aid measures will be answered by the app.

Picture by Dr. Prateek Kumar Dinkar

In yet another innovative move by Lucknow's King George Medical University, a mobile application will soon be available for dealing with questions related to orthopaedic and trauma issues in children. Ensuring extensive accessibility, the app called 'Bal Asthi Mitra' would be available on Google Play Store for free. The Paediatric Orthopaedic Department at the institute has developed this platform, to assure primary aid for children suffering from orthopaedic issues.

Ponseti technique of plaster for clubfoot correction to be used widely

As per the available information, questions related to club foot and first aid measures will be answered by the app. In addition to this, it would also deal with queries related to the transportation of children to medical centres in case of orthopaedic emergencies and similar situations.

Additionally, the department at the healthcare centre has also associated with Uttar Pradesh Orthopaedic Association for a new project. Under this partnership, a state-level skill-building program was organised, wherein the use and significance of the 'Ponseti technique' of plaster for clubfoot correction in kids were discussed.

Through this initiative, marked by the participation of around 80 people, the authorities tried to educate doctors, nurses and paramedical staff about the beneficial technique. It has been said that this process can diminish the need for surgical correction by over 80%.

Ponseti process assures complete cure in early stages

Professor Ajai Singh, head of the KGMU's Paediatric Orthopaedic Department said, "The technique was first used in Uganda in the 1980s and has been in practice ever since but not many expert hands are available to tackle the technicality to perfection, especially in the rural and peripheral areas, from where most patients of clubfoot arise."

He further informed that over 25 such plasters are conducted in the OPD at KGMU every day. Now, if the doctors and other medical professionals are sufficiently skilled in the new technique, it can reduce the cost of treatment, reduce the chances of surgery and also dampen the risks of relapse. While the success rate for a complete cure is remarkably high in the early stages, the process can mitigate the risk of surgery, at any stage in children.

In view of this, KGMU is also trying to increase awareness and information about the new technique. With the widespread availability of details about this procedure, the premium institution attempts to bridge the skill gap.

- With inputs from IANS

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