Medical education programmes to improve the quality is the need of the hour -Dr Aggarwal
Jasbir Kapoor/ royalpatiala.in/ Patiala
On World Rabies Day, the department of Community Medicine in Government Medical College Patiala, organized a one day Continuous Medical Education Programme under the leadership of Organizing Chairman Dr. Varinder Verma and Head of the department Dr. Sanjiv Mahajn on the theme titled “Zoonosis – Emerging or Re-emerging” to highlight the gravity and prevention of communicable diseases transmitted from animals to human beings with special focus on vaccination to eliminate such ailments.
Director Research & Medical Education Punjab Dr. Avnish Kumar as chief guest said that the sudden spurt of zoonotic diseases in the last few years has caught the world unprepared which has been attributed to the dramatic increase in population, mobility and the associated social and environmental changes and India is particularly vulnerable to many forest originated diseases.
President of Punjab Medical Council Dr. A.S. Sekhon as the guest of honour said that India is at the top in the world for deaths due to rabies and that ninety percent of the life style and communicable diseases are preventable which can save ninety percent of the economy being spent for the treatment of these diseases.
Dr. Garish Sahni, OSD to Chief Minister Punjab as guest of honour in the programme showing concern about the alarming rise in non-communicable diseases in the country responsible for 60 percent deaths, highlighted state government programmes for the prevention and treatment of various diseases.
College Principal Dr. KK Aggarwal stressed for more such medical education programmes to improve the quality and efficacy in the treatment in public interest and to upgrade the academic ranking of the medical college. Joint-DRME Dr. Akashdeep Aggarwal, Civil Surgeon Patiala Dr. Harish Malhotra and ex-principal Dr. KD Singh also spoke in the programme which was attended by more than 150 delegates.
The day long deliberations included discussion on various aspects of zoonotic diseases by expert speakers from different specialities with felicitation of some retired faculty members of the department. Punjab Medical Council has awarded six CME credit hours for the programme, said Dr Amandev Singh of the department of community medicine.