STATE TIMES NEWSKATRA: Awareness-cum-screening camp on Scoliosis was organised by Human Genetics Research Group, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra, in collaboration with International Volunteer Foundation and Indian Red Cross Society, District Branch Jammu at Govt. Central Basic School, Jammu. It is pertinent to mention that Human Genetic Research Group of SMVDU has initiated a study on scoliosis in Jammu and Kashmir which is the first genetic study of Scoliosis in India. This study is being carried out by Research scholars of Human Genetics Research Group, SMVDU, Hemender Singh, Shipra, Akash Sharma, Sonakshi Modeel, Varun Sharma, Indu Sharma who are working under the supervision of Dr. Swarkar Sharma, Dr. Ekta Rai and Dr. Vinod Singh, Assistant Professors, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra. The awareness cum screening programme is carried out in collaboration with International Volunteer Foundation, District Red Cross Jammu in several schools of Jammu. Scoliosis is a structural deformity of the spine where there is a sideways bending of the spine. The disorder usually remains undiagnosed until it reaches severity. The severity of the disorder leads to serious complications like back pain, problem in breathing, loss of bladder control, heart problems, etc. This disorder usually occurs in adolescent age (12-18 years) in the children. Thus it becomes pertinent to screen the disorder at early stage in adolescence period. School screening programme is generally adopted to create an awareness of the disease among the adolescent individuals followed by the screening of school children in this age group. Till now approximately more than 30 cases have been identified in the population out of approximately 5000 individuals screened. Kiran Kumar Sharma, Chairman IVF stressed on active participation of youth in various social awareness programs and schemes and appealed the students to join Red Cross. Dr. Madan Lal Sharma, Principal, Central Basic School, Jammu applauded the efforts of the research scholars from SMVDU, young team of International Volunteer Foundation and Red Cross volunteers for this noble cause. Ms. Pinky Jain, City Coordinator, Childline 1098 Jammu highlighted the works of Childline. Pamphlets were distributed among students and staff members. The present on the occasion were Shashank Rawal, Preet Dutta team member of Red Cross, Kartik Tripathi and Sushain Abrol, Interns IVF.
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