Amrita Hospital will provide specialty medical care to personnel of Bangladesh Armed Forces, including retired personnel, and their family members
The comprehensive agreement covers patient care, medical education, research, training and exchange of healthcare professionals
The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) is going to provide state-of-the-art specialty medical care to members of Bangladesh Armed Forces (BAF), including retired personnel, and their family members.
A wide-ranging agreement for collaboration in patient care, medical education, research and training, and exchange of healthcare professionals was signed by Major General SM Motahar Hossain, Director General of Medical Services (DGMS), Bangladesh Armed Forces, and Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
Explaining how the collaboration will work, Dr. Prem Nair of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, said: “This is a remarkable instance of international cooperation in South Asia. It will not only help heal bodies, but also strengthen bonds between the two great peoples who share common heritage and culture. We have signed a comprehensive agreement for providing healthcare services to the members of Bangladesh Armed Forces. We will admit patients at Amrita Hospital for treatment upon referral from BAF. The collaboration also involves long- and short-term training of doctors, nurses and paramedics from Bangladesh Armed Forces at our hospital. In addition, we will collaborate in medical research initiatives and joint projects of mutual interest in both the countries.”
Added Major General SM Motahar Hossain of Bangladesh Armed Forces: “This collaboration will bring the two nations closer, even as our members benefit from the state-of-the-art medical expertise and infrastructure available at Amrita Hospital. We are also going to set up telemedicine and tele-radiology facilities at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka which will connect doctors at Amrita Hospital to our patients in Bangladesh for consultation. This collaboration will help save many lives as we will be referring patients for complex surgeries and medical procedures.”
Amrita Hospital, a super-specialty centre of excellence, receives large number of patients from South Asia, Middle East, and Central Africa because of high quality and affordable cost of treatment. In October 2016, Amrita was also appointed as a referral hospital by the Government of Madagascar for advanced treatment and surgeries.
Amrita Hospital Conducts Asia’s First Robotic Assisted DBS Implantation for Parkinson's Disease on Auto-Rickshaw Driver, Curing Him of Symptoms
India’s, and Asia’s, first Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implant using medical robot technology was conducted at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, allowing a young patient of Parkinson’s to lead a near-normal life.
The surgery was conducted by the hospital free of charge, considering the financial situation of the patient
A 45-year-old patient of Parkinson’s disease, the only earning member of his family, got a new lease of life after undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implantation at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital). This is the first time in Asia that DBS implantation has been done using medical robot called ROSA. This technology enables minimally invasive surgery of the central nervous system with a level of precision not possible by human hand.
It was difficult for Zubair, a 45-year-old auto-rickshaw driver from Kerala’s Guruvayoor district suffering from Parkinson’s, to complete a single trip, as he would start shaking uncontrollably midway, terrifying his passengers. Often, he had to request them to disembark and take another auto for their safety. Zubair would then take his medications on the roadside, wait for the effects to kick in, and make another trip to earn a living and support his wife and two children.
After the trail-blazing surgery conducted by Dr. Ashok Pillai, Clinical Professor Dept. of Neurosurgery, at Amrita Hospital, Zubair’s symptoms of Parkinson’s disease have disappeared and he is now able to lead his life as any other healthy adult. Considering the financial situation of the patient, the hospital conducted the surgery free of cost.
DBS is a neurosurgical procedure that was first introduced in the US in 1987. It involves the implantation of a neuro-stimulator ('brain pacemaker’) in the patient’s body which, through wires connected to the head, sends electrical impulses to specific areas in the brain.
Said Dr. Ashok Pillai: “DBS has provided therapeutic benefits for treatment-resistant disorders like Parkinson's, epilepsy, movement disorders, chronic pain, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Functional neurosurgery is an important branch of neurosurgery that helps correct treatment-resistant neurological disorders. The ROSA robotic technology, often called the GPS system for the skull, ensures high precision during the implantation of the neuro-stimulator. This was used for the first time in Asia in the case of Zubair.”
Zubair was just 35 years old when the symptoms of Parkinson’s first came to light. He thought his condition would improve with medicines but they only provided temporary relief. As the years progressed, his fits became more violent. Any high-pitch sound would throw him into a fit of rage. Life as he and his family knew it had turned upside down, plagued with debt and depression.
Running from pillar to post to find a solution to her husband’s medical condition, Zubair’s wife reached the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences where she was directed to its Movement Disorder Clinic. Just when Zubair had lost all hope of leading a normal life, doctors suggested a new course of treatment, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) using a medical robot for high precision surgery. Zubair agreed. This procedure remains the first-ever robotic-assisted DBS implantation performed in India, and whole of Asia, for Parkinson's disease.
After the successfully surgery, Zubair is extremely happy about his new-found freedom. The symptoms of Parkinson’s have disappeared. He says, “After so many years, I can watch a movie with my family without any disturbance. Earlier, I couldn’t go out to a social gathering or even attend family functions because everyone would stare at my tremors.” Now he is back on the road with a permanent smile on his face as he effortlessly ferries passengers in his auto-rikshaw, all thanks to the electrodes embedded in his brain.
According to the World Health Organization over a billion people are affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases worldwide. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has constituted a twelve member expert group to address the issue of morbidity management and prevention of lymphatic filariasis in the country. Two doctors from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. K.N. Panicker, Professor Emeritus, Community Medicine & Chairman, Indian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (INTD) and Dr. G. Manokaran, Director of Lymphology Services have been drafted in this committee. A meeting was convened at New Delhi recently to discuss Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) due to Lymphatic Filariasis and draft strategies to tackle this problem at the national level.
Dr. K.N. Panicker attended World NTD Summit at World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva during April 19 - 22, 2017. Dr. Panicker says, “In the meeting lot of emphasis was given to morbidity management lymphatic filariasis in all member states affected by the disease including India.” He added that this meeting marked the 5th anniversary of the WHO’s roadmap on NTDs along with the London Declaration.
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World TB Day Observed As a part of World TB day, an awareness program was jointly conducted by the Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi Municipal Corporation and Kudumbasree. Hibi Eden, MLA, inaugurated “United to End TB” at the Ernakulam Municipal Town Hall on March 24, 2017.
A. B. Sabu, Welfare Standing Committee, Chairperson, Kochi Municipal Corporation; Adv. V. K. Minimol, Health Standing Committee Chairperson; Dr. Prathapan Nair, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Dr. Leelamoni K., Head, Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Hospital; Dr. K. Beena, Senior Medical Administrator, Amrita Hospital; Dr. Rakesh P. S., Amrita Hospital; Dr. Shibu Balakrishnan, Dr. Mathews Numpeli, Dr. Narayanan, IMA President, Kochi took part in the program.
Dr. Leyanna Susan George and Dr. Teena Mary Joy conducted the awareness and over 700 Kudumbasree members participated in this program.
As part of spreading awareness about TB the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Amrita Hospital organized events on campus on March 24, 2017. A human chain was formed with the theme “Unite to End TB” that started from the B-Block, which was inaugurated by Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Hospital. A public awareness class on TB was conducted by Dr. Midhula, Medical Officer, at Amrita. A skit was organized by students. Additionally, a poster design competition was also conducted for students of respiratory therapy, nursing and pharm-D and a quiz competition for MBBS students.