Health Matters: Building a system

The APDC is set up to plan,develop and monitor all academic research and consultation activities of the institute.

Published: December 11, 2013 3:44 am

Building a system

Dr Bhushan Patwardhan was recently nominated as the chairman of Academic Planning and Development Committee (APDC) of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER),Mohali. The newly reconstituted APDC includes Dr A Surolia,Former Director of National Institute of Immunology,Dr YK Gupta,Professor and Head of Pharmacology,AIIMS,and Dr Rakesh Tuli,Director of National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI). The APDC is set up to plan,develop and monitor all academic research and consultation activities of the institute.

No Pain

The first total ankle replacement in Maharashtra was recently performed at Sahyadri Hospital. Dr Abhijit Agashe,joint replacement surgeon at the hospital,said that the 66-year-old patient was brought in excruciating pain in the ankle following a surgery for a fracture in 1991. Garje also complained about occasional swelling in the foot. “Unlike the knee or hip surgery where we can see the whole anatomy as the cut is bigger,an ankle surgery needs great precision,” said Agashe. He added that to ensure the surgery’s success,a mock surgery was carried out one day before the actual surgery.

Preparing the young

Observing World AIDS Day,Rotaract Club of Pune,Sarasbaug,conducted a seminar on marital life on December 2. The seminar was attended by over 200 girl students of Classes VIII to X at Vidya Vikas School near Aranyeshwar. The event was aimed at creating awareness about personal hygiene and sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS.

An Honour

City-based oncologist Dr Anantbhushan Ranade was elected as senior vice president and president elect of Indian Society of Medical and Paediatric Oncology (ISMPO). He was elected during the recently held annual general meeting of ISMPO in New Delhi. In his association with ISMPO as a vice president for the last two years,he contributed in increasing awareness about early detection of cancer and reaching out to poor patients. Ranade’s research on Pharmaco Economic Analysis has been recently featured in the prestigious Annals of Oncologyy medical journal.

A reason to Smile

Spreading Smiles,a project of Saiseva Charitable Trust,is facilitating free of cost surgeries for cleft lips and defects in hands and legs of children who cannot afford treatment. The surgeries are performed at SaiShree Hospital,Aundh. The treatment includes screenings,documentation,surgery,four days hospitalisation and food for the patient. Dr Neeraj Adkar,MD of SaiShree Hospitals said,“Every year,around 35,000 children in India are born with clefts. Though completely treatable,less than half seek treatment

because they are too poor or due to superstitious beliefs. There are over 10 lakh cases of untreated

clefts in India.” He added that over the last year,they have successfully completed 75 such surgeries for underprivileged children.

Raising Resistance

Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance Society (EARS),a non-profit organisation,conducted a weeklong campaign across India in an effort to stop irrational use of antibiotics that has led to the emergence of drug-resistant bacterial strains. To draw attention to growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR),EARS conducted a series of activities,including awareness walkathons in New Delhi,Mumbai,Hyderabad,Bangalore and Chandigarh between November 16 and 23. Other programmes included a national web conference for doctors,awareness campaigns through posters,seminars and conferences for paramedical and nursing staff and at pharmacy colleges as well as one-on-one meetings with chemists to urge them not to sell antibiotics without doctor’s prescription.

Hair and Now

Tricho Transform,an association of hair transplant experts in the city,is organising a free counseling and guidance camp on baldness. The camp will be held on December 15,between 10 am and 12.30 pm,at Joshi Hospital’s skin department. The camp is open for all,however,prior registration in essential. Hair experts and dermatologists Dr Narendra Patwardhan,Dr Sharad Mutalik,Dr Vishwanath Jigjini,Dr V Y Tawde,Dr Dhanashri Bhide,Dr Vaishali Kirane and Dr Pradyumna Vaidya will be available at the camp. “People are now highly aware of their looks. Baldness is not anymore a subject of shame because most latest technology being used in hair transplants. This camp is aimed at helping people know various solutions to their baldness,” said Patwardhan.

Tough on Tobacco

The findings of Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) India Wave 1 survey was recently released by the Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health,India,and the University of Waterloo,Canada. Based on the result of a survey of adult tobacco users and tobacco non-users in Maharashtra,Bihar,West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh,it showed that current tobacco use among adults aged 15 years and older in Maharashtra was 28 per cent (23 per cent in MP,47 per cent in Bihar and 33 per cent in WB). In Maharashtra,more than 80 per cent tobacco users expressed regret at starting to use it. Despite growing awareness in both urban and rural India,combined with a complete ban on the advertising of tobacco products,a fairly large section of Indian population is still exposed to the promotion of tobacco products. In Maharashtra,approximately three years after implementation of the 2008 national smoke-free law,level of awareness of smoke-free laws was only 35 per cent. “It clearly indicated a need for wider dissemination and awareness about smoke-free laws,” said Dr Prakash C Gupta,MD,Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health.

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