Health Matters: Managing Pregnancy

They will be organising an e-symposium with 80-100 hospitals across India to share best practices in the management of pregnancy cases identified as being at risk

Pune | Published: September 4, 2013 1:41:59 am

Managing Pregnancy

In an effort to proactively manage mothers at risk and reduce maternal deaths,Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI),the apex body of obstetricians and gynaecologists in the country,announced a new initiative called ProAct. It is aimed at proactive management of mothers so that both mother and child are healthy. They will be organising an e-symposium with 80-100 hospitals across India to share best practices in the management of pregnancy cases identified as being at risk. The e-symposium will reach out to over 2,000 obstetricians and gyneacologists in India. The programme will involve a series of live webcasts beamed directly into these hospitals on a monthly basis. The first in the series of webcast was held on August 29.

Cautious Approach

Because of the technological advances and cosmetic conscious population,Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) is gaining popularity. While safety level of MICS is similar to a normal open heart surgery,it involves lesser healing time and restrictions. “But the decision to opt for MICS has to be taken after proper screening of the patient,” says Dr Manoj Pradhan,a consulting cardiothoracic surgeon and vice-president of Deccan Cardio-Vascular Club. “About 50-60 surgeries of this kind have been performed from 1994 to 2010,but we have witnessed more than 60 surgeries in the last two years. We are organising small seminars in coming months in Pune and other places,” he says.

City doctor on ISGE Board

Dr Sunita Tandulwadkar,head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the IVF and Endoscopy Unit,Ruby Hall Clinic,has been elected unanimously to the executive board of the International Society for Gynaecologic Endoscopy (ISGE). ISGE was formed in 1989 by a group of endoscopists from Europe and North America,who were soon joined by others from all over the world. The executive board includes 24 elected members. The organisation aims to conduct meetings regularly for its members to share their expertise in the field of gynaecologic endoscopy and increase the awareness of gynaecological endoscopy. Tandulwadkar,a pioneering name in the field of gynaecological endoscopy in India,first introduced the trend of laparoscopic hysterectomy in Pune way back in 1995.

Tackling TB

The National Forum on Tuberculosis released Standards of TB Care in India (STCI) led by Anshu Prakash,Joint Secretary,Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. STCI has been developed by the Central TB Division as a way to engage with the Indian private sector for effective TB control. The standards take into account regimens endorsed by World Health Organisation and International Standards for TB Care. Dr Soumya Swaminathan,director of National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis,made a presentation at the meeting on the emergence of drug-resistant TB as well as the challenges of the Indian TB diagnostic landscape. Dalbir Singh,Convener of the forum,said,“We are dedicated to fighting TB and as a first vital step,this meeting has brought together key stakeholders including parliamentarians,policymakers,civil society organisations and technical experts,who are committed to the cause. We are resolved to achieve enhanced TB prevention and control in India.” The forum was launched on May 8,2013,to highlight critical challenges in TB control.

Upgrading Healthcare

Ensocare (previously called Uber) by Enso Group has entered into the largest public-private partnership in healthcare with the Government of Maharashtra and Wipro GE Healthcare in a Rs 150 crore-project to advance healthcare in Aundh District Hospital,Pune,apart from 21 district and women hospital across state. The consortium will set up advanced diagnostic facilities across hospitals,run operations on 24/7 hour basis and provide services at government-recommended rate cards. Suresh Shetty,Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare,Government of Maharashtra,said “We aim to cover 60 per cent of the Rajiv Gandhi Yojana Scheme Card holders in the state and also lower the costs of patients by around 50 per cent through this model.”

Anuradha Mascarenhas

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