Dr Murali says close coordination is being developed with national and international agencies working for infection control
Nagpur : Hope Hospital is in process to adopt a multi-pronged approach to counter growing threat of drug resistance in the hospital settings as well as among the people exposed to irrational medication.
Hope Hospital’s Medical director Dr Murali told participants of the ‘Health Walk’ arranged by the department Thursday to commemorate the World Health Day 2011.
World Health Day 2011 commemorated in Hope Hospital, Nagpur
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He said the current year theme ‘Combat Anti-microbial Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow,’ holds extreme relevance to developing countries, including India.
“We the developing world also have to strive against the threat as it is not only an additional burden in terms of finances but also a constant threat to the public health,” said the Surgeon.
In his capacity, as the head of Hope Hospital, he said, close coordination is being developed with national and international agencies working for infection control.
“However, what is extremely crucial is to raise public awareness among the masses as well as healthcare providers to prevent ailments and complications,” said the doctor.
Dr Murali expressed his satisfaction that doctors and other medical staff associated with different vertical programmes managed by the department for prevention and control of ailments as expanded programme on immunisation, hepatitis control, TB control, mother and child health, malaria control, AIDS control programme etc had actively participated in the walk.
“Banners carried by you and a carnival-cum-awareness ambience created through the walk will definitely make people from all social backgrounds to realise their contribution towards their own health,” said the doctor.
He on the occasion also thanked the paramedics, nurses and lady health workers for their participation in the walk as this, he hoped, would send a positive message that the health department is committed towards ‘healthy India’.
“We are trying to do our utmost with equal attention towards prevention and control of ailments and infections,” he said. The minister in reply to a question said infection control units are being established in all government hospitals in the province with special emphasis to sensitise doctors as well as staffers to ensure prevention of infections.
In answer to another question he said refresher courses and special sessions are also being organised in each of the hospitals to update and sensitise doctors about the issue of drug resistance and how to address the issue.
“I hope that professional bodies working for infection control would take the initiative and take on board entire medical community against the threat of microbial resistance,” said the doctor. Dr. Murali talking to media said programmes chalked out by the health department to mark World Health Day 2011 provided an opportunity to focus on the key public health issues that affect masses without any distinction.
Anti-microbial resistance, he said, may be a natural phenomenon, however, is aggravated by the widespread use, overuse and misuse of medicines.
“Its implication is manifested through the spread of resistant infections in health-care and agriculture,” he said. The dilemma is not restricted to any single country but since the world is fast turning into a global village with frequent travelling and migration, chances for widespread spread of these organisms are also increasing.
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