The National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) held the 33rd Annual Review Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, during November 28 - 30, 2017. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Prasanth Mathur, Director, NCDIR.
Almost 45 registries and their representative staff participated in the three-day programme. Such registries are spread over in many parts of the country. The representatives presented reports on cancer in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Gujarat, Delhi, Kolkata, Assam, Mizoram, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc. From Kerala, almost ten registries took part.
In the meeting there were detailed presentations and discussions of the experiences in cancer registry operations. There was also a strong suggestion that cancer be made a notifiable disease in the country. Many scientists from different parts of the country participated in the meeting. Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Prof. P. Gangadharan, Chief, Cancer Registry, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and several doctors from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences participated. Dr. N. K. Kuttappan, District Medical Officer, Ernakulam also actively participated in the proceedings.
The Division of Respiratory Therapy, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Paul in collaboration with IARC (Indian Association of Respiratory Care) observed Respiratory Care Week during October 22 - 28, 2017.
This annual event raises awareness for improving lung health, recognises the respiratory care practitioner. Dr.(Col.)Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine inaugurated the Respiratory Care Week celebrations on October 22 at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. Dr. Lakshmi Kumar, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care presided over the function.
Quiz competitions, poster presentations, ICU training sessions and scientific talks were held as a part of this awareness programme.
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences hosted RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program) State Task Force meeting for medical colleges in Kerala on October 24, 2017. The programme was inaguarated by Dr.Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and was presided by Dr. Anithakumari, State Task Force Chairperson.
Dr. Sunilkumar State TB Officer; Dr. Sanjeev Nair, Zonal OR Chairman; Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr.Beena K.V., Department of Public Health, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Sharath G. Rao, District TB Officer, Dr. P. T. James, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Akhilesh K., Nodal Officer, RNTCP, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and representatives from all medical colleges attended the programme. A CME on “Update on Tuberculosis” was organised as a part of STF meeting and TB control activities of all medical colleges were analyzed.
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, received Kerala State Pollution Control Board’s award for its sustained efforts in pollution control and for initiatives in environment protection in 2016 - 17. The award instituted by the state government in different categories of institutions for best practices in pollution control, effective management to control air and water pollution, energy and water conservation and protection of environment is given to coincide with World Environment Day.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented the award on October 04, 2017. The award was received by Swami Jnanamritanandapuri, Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Dr. Jaggu, Additional General Manager; V. Rajappan, General Manager of Water Treatment & Biomedical Waste Management and R. R. Rajesh, Senior Research Officer of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences were present on the occasion.
The 4th postgraduate refresher course AARC 2017 (Amrita Anaesthesia Refresher Course), was conducted under the auspices of the Department of Anaesthesia on October 01, 2017. Dr Lakshmi Krishnakumar (Organising Chairperson), Dr Sindhu Balakrishnan (Organising Secretary) conducted the proceedings. Dr Sanjeev K Singh (Medical Superintendent) was the chief guest for the event. Eminent faculty delivered state-of-the-art lectures that were attended by 150 delegates.
A speciality focused CME, Updates in Transplant Care (UTAC -2017) was held on October 02, 2017. This was the first transplant anaesthesia related CME conducted at Amrita Hospital. The top practising faculty in the field of liver transplant graced the proceedings and enlightened the audience on the current practice in transplant anaesthesia. Dr Prem Nair (Medical Director) was the chief guest, Dr Col Vishal Marwaha ( Principal, Amrita School of Medicine) and Dr Puneet Dhar (HOD of GI surgery) addressed the delegates. Around 120 delegates participated in the conference.
The department of Anaesthesia is the largest in the hospital providing services to all specialities and emergency cover 24/7. The department provides services to multiple specialities, reconstructive and faciomaxillary, orthopaedic and neurosurgery, gastrosurgical and other general specialities. It is part of the Amrita School of Medicine which trains more than 10 postgraduate students each year. Speciality training is also offered in transplant, neurosurgery, airway, paediatrics and critical care.