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  • Cervical cancer contributes to approximately 6-29% of all cancers in Indian women
  • India accounts for one-quarter of the worldwide burden of cervical cancers

JAMMU: Cervical cancer has been a major disease burden for women in India. The cancer accounts for 17% of all cancer deaths in women between 30-69 years. Wide-ranging studies suggest that timely screening is the strongest tool to combat this growing menace. As per a new study by Apollo Hospitals and Mobile ODT, a medical devices company, deploying the Enhanced Visual Assessment (EVA) System at primary cervical cancer screenings leads to a higher detection rate of suspected precancerous and cancerous lesions for women across in both urban and rural areas, than a pap smear alone.

 

As part of a World Bank/IFC-funded study, Apollo Hospitals and Mobile ODT partnered to assess the EVA System as a technological tool for high-quality and more cost-effective cervical cancer screenings across the country. As a result, 567 women were screened through colposcopy for cervical cancer with the EVA System, as well as with a pap smear at the first screening.

 

A review of cases was conducted by expert gynecologists through the EVA System’s software solution to confirm the suspicion of precancerous and cancerous lesions, as well as other abnormalities that may require treatment. Whilst full results of the study will be published in 2018, additional findings reveal that gynecologists conducting screenings shared high scores of feasibility, usability, and patient satisfaction with the EVA System. Gynecologists shared that the EVA System proved to be a quick and easy way to evaluate the cervix, and all investigators felt it can be extended to peripheral centers with training where Pap smear collection and interpretation is not easily available.

 

Dr. Mallika Samuel, Senior Consultant Gynecologist Apollo Hospitals Chennai and Lead Investigator of the study said, “The Indian healthcare landscape presents significant challenges related to patient volumes access and affordability. Traditional healthcare delivery models necessarily need to be disrupted by converging technology with healthcare. The deployment of the EVA screening technology has been one such disruptive technology, which shall facilitate taking cervical screening to the people of India. It will enable early screening and hence early treatment thus slowing down incidences of cervical cancer. Further, it maximizes the chances of making cervical cancer screening programme successful and reduces the time to follow up with the patients especially in rural and remote areas.”

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JAMMU: A very thought provoking and interactive lecture on “impact of diet and stress free living on work culture” was held today under the aegis of J&K State Social Welfare Board (J&K SSWB). A balanced diet and stress free attitude creates positive work culture which is very important for e-governance, said Chairperson, J&K State Social Welfare Board DR. (Prof) Nirmal Gupta adding that to mitigate the problems of general public it is important that employees maintain their health by feeding themselves with quality diet along with stress free living. She said that for stress free living regular yoga is performed with an eye on proficiency at work.

 

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Meenakshi Dutt Soodan who is presently hospital administrator at Soodan Heart Special Hospital. Post graduate in diectics and food service management in addition to her MBBS degree from Govt. Medical College, Jammu. Dr. Meenakshi Soodan, administrator at Sooden Heart Special Hospital, stressed on effective balanced diet which can reduce stress in the life of individual by brining positivity in the attitude and there by improve work culture at the working places. She dwelt on various methods which can reduce the stress in the life of employees such as health education monetary incentives, sparing little time for preparation of Indian homemade food which is the best system of food and awareness towards food full of carbohydrates, proteins and other ingredient Vitamins as basic components to improve work efficiency in the offices.

 

The NGOs who were the target groups had volly of questions put forth to the speaker to which Dr. Meenakshi Dutt Soodan responded very ably. Shahid Mahmood, Executive Director/Secretary, J&K State Social Welfare Board presented vote of thanks. Present on the occasion were Vijay Kumar Tikoo, Mir Imran  Wahida Qadri, Jatinder Singh Jamwal, Raman Kumar, Sameer Ahmed, Choudhary Brihgt Academy NGO , J&K women welfare society NGO were also present. 

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SRINAGAR: Professor Omar Javed Shah today assumed the charge of Director SKIMS. He was chosen for the job after the removal Dr AG Ahangar. Ahangar was removed after media reports that majority of the doctors at SKIMS are indulging in private practice. Government of Jammu and Kashmir according to sources is intending to fight a legal battle in the court of law. Ahangar has already approached court challenged his attachment.