CME program on importance of umbilical cord

IMPHAL, August 3: A Continuing Medical Education programme on “Cord Blood Stem Cell & Newborn Screening-Current Perspective” organized by the LifeCell, Imphal branch, at The Classic Hotel today.

Speaking at the function, Brigadier (Dr) Paramjeet Dhot, said, “Lifecell International is the first company to start the Umbilical stemcell preservation in India in the year 2004, with its head office in Chennai”.

Elaborating on the theme, the Brigadier, who is also the Medical Director LifeCell International, said, “Newborn infants no longer need their umbilical cords, so they have traditionally been discarded as a by-product of the birth process”.

He had further expressed that the stem-cell-rich blood found in the umbilical cord has proven useful in treating the same types of health problems as those treated using bone marrow stem cells and PBSCs, in recent times.

Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants are less prone to rejection than either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells, he said.

Continuing on the importance of the umbilical blood stem cell, he said that it is found useful in the treatment of several diseases including Leukemia.

He said, the cord blood stem cell is stored at a temperature of -196 degree Centigrade emerged in Liquid Nitrogen Vapour and the process is known as Cryo preservation.

Lifecell Imphal centre head Arvind Potsangbam said around seven samples of the cord Blood Stem Cell from the state has already been sent to Chennai for preservation.

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