Help at Hand
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College marked Global Handwashing Day on October 15 with an initiative organised by its Community Medicine department. As many as 1,000 students at 10 Zilla Parishad schools were taught the correct technique of handwashing with soap and were made aware of its importance. Handwashing can save more lives than a single vaccine or medical intervention,said Varsha Vaidya,Associate Professor,Department of Community Medicine at the college. The day is observed with the theme The power is in your hands,with an aim to increase awareness about hygienic practices.
A free medical check-up camp for multiple sclerosis patients will be held by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India,Pune Chapter,on October 27 at Ruby Hall Clinic.
The first-ever paper on India-specific clinical recommendations for best practices in insulin injection technique was released in the city. The recommendations have been put together by a scientific advisory board comprising noted endocrinologists and diabetes experts working under the aegis of Forum for Injection Techniques India (FIT India),in association with Becton,Dickinson & Co (BD India),a global medical technology firm. Some of the key recommendations include the optimum size of needle,the need for site rotation,educating the patients about avoiding reuse of needles,and training them for lipohypertrophy.
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) has recently recommended the scale-up of the pentavalent vaccine across the country. Welcoming the move,N K Ganguly,former Director-General of Indian Council for Medical Research,said,This will help in reducing the number of shots a child receives from nine months to three years. It will make vaccinations easier and allow for many economically disadvantaged children access to a vaccine that is already available widely from private doctors. A single auto-disable syringe will be used instead of three per child,thereby substantially reducing plastic and sharp waste.
A Walk to Remember
With an objective to raise awareness on the need for palliative care across India,Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre (CPCTC) organised a walk in the city recently to commemorate World Palliative Care Day. Flagged off by Madhulika Jain,Director Administration,CPCTC,and Sundeep Salvi,Director,Chest Research Foundation,the walk began from Shivajinagar station and concluded at Shaniwar Wada.