SMVD Narayana Hospital conducts seminar on ‘Antimicrobials’

Guest speakers and others at a seminar by SMVD Narayana Hospital
Guest speakers and others at a seminar by SMVD Narayana Hospital

Excelsior Correspondent
KATRA, Nov 24: In connection with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, Infection Control Committee of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital organized a seminar on Antimicrobials in Jammu.
The guest lectures were delivered on Antimicrobial history from advent of Penicillin to the present, the modern scenario in particular the menace of Antimicrobial Resistance and on the measures taken now and in future to combat this already growing antimicrobial resistance threat.
The guest faculty included Dr Vishal Tandon, Professor of Pharmacology GMC Jammu; Brig Ram Prasad, Intensivist and Commandant 144 MH Jammu and Dr Monika Singh, Sr Microbiologist NH Gurugram. The guest lectures were followed by a panel discussion on “Antimicrobial Resistance – A complex and Global Challenge”.
The panelists were senior specialists from Jammu and Delhi that included-Brig. Ram Prasad – Commandant 144 MH; Dr Anil Gupta, Prof & HoD Medicine ASCOMS; Dr Rajesh Mahajan, Prof Anaesthesia & Critical Care GMC Jammu; Dr Monika Singh, Sr Consultant Microbiology NH Gurugram, Dr Bhanu Pratap, Sr Consultant Medicine Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Dr Vanilla Chopra Sr Consultant Critical Care SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.
Moderating this discussion, Dr J.P.Singh Sr Consultant Neurosurgery, Clinical Director and Chairman Hospital Infection Control Committee SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, said: “This is a real global threat and a failure to address this problem if antibiotic resistance, it is postulated, could result in 10 million deaths each year by 2050, costing the world around $100 trillion.”
Speaking on the occasion, Muthu M Mathavan – Facility Director at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, also emphasised the importance of a proactive intervention on Anti Microbial Resistance. He said functions like this are important not only to increase awareness of the present problem but also helps in sharing knowledge and expertise to combat this disaster in the waiting.
Dr Beena Jad, Sr Consultant Microbiology and Hospital Infection Control Officer at SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital presented vote of thanks.