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Mobile phones have become indispensable devices and restriction is not a practical solution.

March 4, 2009 3:35:52 am

Mobile phone woes
Mobile phones have become indispensable devices and restriction is not a practical solution. A study of the flora harboured by mobile phones of health care personnel showed 82 per cent had bacterial contamination. The study was conducted by MGM Medical College and New Bombay Hospital,Navi Mumbai. The study was displayed at the 10th National Conference of the Hospital Infection Society,India,held in Pune recently. According to the researchers Nikhil Tambe and Chitra Pai from the MGM college,mobile phones are seldom cleaned by health care workers in spite of its use on a continuous basis. Hence we decided to screen mobile phones of various categories of health care personnel for the presence of microbes.

At least 120 health care personnel including doctors,nurses,ward boys and technicians were involved in the study and swabs dipped in sterile saline were used to swab mobile phones. They found that 82 per cent of the mobile phones showed bacterial contamination. Hence the study showed that health care personnel need to be made aware of the situation so that there is better adherence to infection control practices like hand hygiene and regular decontamination of mobile phones with disinfectants,which may be safely applied.

Health centre
A Rural Health Training Centre in Kasurdi,set up by Armed Forces Medical College,helps in uplifting the health status of the community. It also helps in community based training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. This unique health care initiative received a fresh impetus by the recent inauguration of a new building for the centre by Lt Gen Shiv Kumar Sharma,SM,VSM,director and commandant,AFMC in the presence of Vilas Rao Londhe,MLA,Ranjana Tai Kul MLA and Shashi Kant Akhade,former sarpanch of Kasurdi. Speaking on this occasion he stressed on the importance of community participation and praised the long-term partnership established between AFMC and Kasurdi village for comprehensive health care services. According to Brig A K Verma,professor and head,department of community medicine,AFMC,the comprehensive health care activities carried out by the college has resulted in social mobilisation and this has in turn motivated the villagers to build their own health infrastructure.

Medical workshop
Indian Association of Medical Informatics (IAMI) is organising a introductory workshop in medical inofrmatics on March 28 and 29 at Management Development Centre,Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development and Administration. The last date for submission of application with resume is March 5. The workshop can be attended by doctors,software professionals,hospital administrators,students and professional from pharmaceutical,insurance,clinical research,NGOs and others from health care sector.

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