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JAMMU: Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences & Hospital, (ASCOMS & H) Sidhra, Jammu signed an MOU with International Medical Sciences Academy (IMSA) academic partners of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, UK for starting a post PG fellowship programme in “Critical Care Medicine” under the Deptt. of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care. ASCOMS is the first institute in State of J&K to have partnered with international Academy/College to start any medical course in the state. An MOU to this effect was signed between Dr. Pavan Malhotra, Director Principal, ASCOMS, Dr. Nandita Mehta, Prof & HOD Anaesthesiology & Critical Care and Course Coordinator for the fellowship programme and Dr. K. Jagadeesan, Registrar, Overseas (South East Asia), Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and Dr. R.K.Thukral, Executive Director, International Medical Sciences Academy in the presence of other dignitaries in a short but impressive function held at India International Centre, New Delhi yesterday. 


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Malhotra at the outset thanked the officials of IMSA & Royal College to have selected ASCOMS & H as one of their centres for imparting training to the medical professionals in this highly demanding field of Critical Care Medicine. This fellowship will go a long way in providing trained intensivists to serve the humanity. This specialty is a relatively young specialty in Medicine, which is a hybrid specialty blending the knowledge and skills of internal medicine, respiratory medicine and anaesthesiology. In critical care, patients with life threatening illness resulting in organ failure are supported by artificial means (oxygen, ventilator support, inotropes, and dialysis) till their recovery.

The demand for Critical Care has been rising and is likely to do so in the near future because of increasing age of the Indian population, multiple co-morbidities, increasing roads trauma and the increase in invasive interventions. It is well documented that trained intensivists improve outcome of critically ill patients admitted in the ICU. Intensive Care is short of trained personnel to meet the demand, Dr. Malhotra said.  Dr. Jagadeesan, while addressing the gathering assured the Director Principal, ASCOMS & Hospital of all possible help to be extended from Royal College to encourage all such academic programmes in future also.

He also suggested that this programme will be covered under Medical Training Initiative of RCPSG to train medical professionals in the designated fields. Highlighting the aim of starting this programme, Dr. Jagadeesan informed that such programmes were important to  acquire sufficient clinical experience and technical skill to identify and handle complex clinical problems and disease encountered in the intensive care unit and also to acquire knowledge and mastery of the medical technology used in the intensive care units to develop the ability to take  full responsibility for the quality of management of the critically ill patients and to work in a multidisciplinary team. 


Dr. Thukral in his address appreciated the efforts of TEAM ASCOMS for coming forward and joining hands with IMSA and RCPSG for starting an academic programme first of its kind in the country.  He also informed that it took almost two years to finalize the proposal with all the modalities being discussed at length after which signing of MOU was possible. He further emphasized that such academic partnership will be helpful to complement the existing education programmes, supplement with avenues of continuing education programmes, consolidate the conceptual base of aspirants, facilitate the learning process, impart specialized education and facilitate the learning process across the country through its global presence which is the goal of IMSA. 

The authorities of ASCOMS disclosed that the programme will be starting from the coming academic year, i.e. 2018 after completing all the codal formalities set up by IMSA & RCPSG. An advertisement for admission will be uploaded on the College Website soon to initiate the process of selection. Dr. Nandita Mehta, Prof & Head, Anaesthesiology & Critical Care said that ASCOMS is starting this Fellowship Programme in Critical Care to fill up the need for intensivists. It is a one year course with postings in Medical, Surgical, Neurology/Neurosurgery and Paediatric ICUs. In addition there will be postings in Radiology, Echocardiography, Dialysis and other areas which are essential for the management of these patients. The training is an in-service training programme which ensures adequate exposure to all types of critical illness and their management.

The skills needed in the care of critically ill patients will be acquired during the training period. These skills include not only manual skills but also the “soft skills” – the invaluable experience of communicating to grieving and anxious families and of working as an intensive care team. At the end of the course, there will be an exit exam conducted at Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences & Hospital, Sidhra, Jammu. 

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SRINAGAR:  Expressing serious concern over unhygienic dental practices in Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday said this is responsible for high rates of hepatitis infection in the valley. “Both government and private dental clinics are not following guidelines on infection-control putting patients at risk of serious infections like hepatitis and HIV,” said  DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communique.


“You go to a dentist to fix your teeth or gum problems, you are at risk of contracting these deadly infections due to breach in infection-control standards,” he said.  DAK President said most of the dental clinics use unsterilized or improperly sterilized instruments endangering the safety of patients. The tools are not cleaned in between patients. The disposable items which are for single-use are reused on patients. Unsterile needles are used in multiple dose medication vials.


 He said dentists do not change gloves in between patients and use same gloves for every patient that leads to cross-infection. “Patients are not screened for hepatitis and HIV prior to intervention resulting in transfer of these viruses from one patient to another,” he added. Dr Nisar said there is epidemic of hepatitis infection due to unsanitary dental conditions in the valley.


“According to a study published in 2017, screening of 2000 ptients who attended Government Dental College and Hospital, Srinagar revealed prevalence of 12 percent for hepatitis B and C infection respectively,” he said. “38 percent population of two twin villages of Takia-Magam and Sonbarie in Kokernag area were found to be infected with Hepatitis C infection,”  Dr Nisar Quoted another study adding that during a screening in 2015, 84 persons were found positive for hepatitis B virus in village Diver of Lolab area. “There are around 459 cases of HIV infection registered in SKIMS hospital,” he informed. “Hepatitis B, C and HIV infections are serious medical conditions and infected patients may not have outward symptoms of the disease for many years,” said Dr Nisar.

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  • AYUSH Ministry’s mega project ‘National Institute for High Altitude Medicinal Plants’ to come up soon at Bhaderwah
  • Bali meets Union AYUSH Minister, conveys gratitude for support to JK

NEW DELHI: In order to exploit the gigantic herbal potential and to further promote the AYUSH Sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Ministry of AYUSH has agreed in principle to establish the National Institute for High Altitude Medicinal Plants soon at Bhaderwah in Doda district for which the State Government was making constant efforts. Besides, the Union Ministry has also consented on another ambitious proposal to establish a 100-bedded Yoga and Naturopathy Hospital in the Central University Jammu for which the land has already been inspected by the Central authorities.


This was informed by the Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik to Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, who met him in Union Capital here today to discuss various issues related to the AYUSH sector in the State. During the hour-long meeting with the Union Minister, Bali discussed the status of various projects under AYUSH in Jammu and Kashmir including, establishment of two 50-bedded AYUSH hospitals in Kupwara and Kishtwar, setting up of Medicinal Herbal Industry, Ayurvedic Medical College at Jammu and Unani Medical College at Srinagar. He apprised him that the building of both Ayurvedic College at Jammu and Unani Medical College at Ganderbal, Kashmir are at the final stage and ready for inauguration in the middle of April this year. He also sought permission to start the functioning of Unani Medical College, Ganderbal from this current academic session.


The Union Minister appreciated the concern of Health Minister to promote the AYUSH sector in Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to pay focused attention by the Government of India for expeditious completion of on-going projects. To start with, he released Rs. 2.00 crore each for 50-beddeed AYUSH Hospitals at Kupwara and Kishtwar. He said the technical teams will shortly visit to identify the land at both places so that the work can be started as soon as possible. Meanwhile, he agreed to start the functioning of these hospitals from the rented buildings till the construction of Government buildings, for which the Government of India will provide the necessary recurring funds.

While discussing the proposal for establishment of Medicinal Herbal Industry in the State, the Union Minister called for a comprehensive DPR to the tune of Rs. 20 crore and assured to examine the same on priority in view of the huge herbal potential in the Jammu and Kashmir. Regarding the Ayurvedic Medical College at Jammu, and Unani Medical College at Ganderbal, the Union Minister has given his consent to inaugurate both the projects most probably in the month of middle of April, 2018. He also agreed in principle to grant permission for starting the first batch of BUMS in Unani College, Ganderbal from the current academic session (2018) and asked the State Government to start the process for making the College functional.


Bali expressed his gratitude to the Union Minister and team of AYUSH Ministry for their keen interest in promoting the AYUSH sector and extending necessary support to the State Government. Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Technical & Director Indian System of Medicines, Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar, Joint Director Planning, Madan Lal and senior officers of the Union Ministry of AYUSH participated in the meeting.