Hyderabad, July 21 (IANS) P. Raghu Ram, a city-based doctor and founder director of KIMS - Ushalakhsmi Centre for Breast Diseases, attained the rare distinction of being the first Indian to be conferred with the honorary fellowship of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI).
ASGBI represents the surgical fraternity in the UK and Ireland.
Neil Welch, president of the surgical body bestowed the honour on Raghu Ram during the centenary annual general body meeting which was held on Tuesday virtually.
"Raghu Ram is the first surgeon of Indian origin to have this honour conferred on him in the 100 years of history of ASGBI and we are delighted to welcome him as an honorary fellow of ASGBI," said Welch.
Honorary fellowship is the highest honour and recognition conferred by ASGBI to select surgeons from the world over who have made significant contributions to the realm of surgery and surgical care.
The prestigious award is limited by statute and the number of honorary fellows cannot exceed 60 according to ASGBI constitution.
"This is a great honour to India and I dedicate this prestigious award to the Indian surgical fraternity world over for their outstanding contribution towards promoting the art and science of surgery," said Ram on receiving the honour.
He also thanked his patients who gave him an opportunity to be involved in their care.
"Over the past 14 years, I have strived to replicate and exemplify the best of British practices and served as a "Living Bridge" between the UK and India in an earnest endeavour to improve the delivery of breast healthcare in my motherland. My profound gratitude to everyone who made this journey possible," he said.
ASGBI was established 100 years ago, which represents surgeons from all specialties practicing in the UK and Ireland.
Ram also received Padma Shri, BC Roy and OBE recognitions among others.
Hyderabad, July 11 (IANS) A female resident doctor of the Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow was Sunday airlifted to the KIMS Hospital Secunderabad here for lung transplant.Dr Sharda Suman, a postgraduate resident at RMLIMS's Gynaecology Department, had contracted Covid-19 on April 14. She was 32 weeks pregnant then. When her health condition deteriorated, she was put on a ventilator and emergency C-section surgery was done on May 1 to save the child.After the delivery, she was put on ECMO supportm but her condition didn't improve. RMLIMS Director Dr Sonia Nityanand constituted a 3-member committee which recommended that she should undergo a lung transplant. As her family was not in a financial position to afford the process, Dr Nityanand personally met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and explained the situation. He immediately sanctioned Rs 1.50 crore required for the procedure.After consulting the hospitals in Hyderabad and Chennai, they finally decided to undergo the transplant procedure at KIMS Hospitals, where already several transplants were done with utmost success.Sharda Suman was shifted to Hyderabad through an air ambulance. A green corridor was formed with the help of Hyderabad police to bring the patient to the hospital from airport without any delay.--IANSms/vd
Mumbai, July 8 (IANS) A 17-year-old orphan boy from Kolkata was given a new lease of life by a Mumbai doctor who successfully removed a large coconut-sized stone weighing 1 kg from an augmented urinary bladder.Rajiv Redkar, a consultant paediatric surgeon at the S.L. Raheja Hospital, a Fortis associate hospital in Mahim, removed the calcium oxalate stone from the bladder of the boy and also reconstructed a urinary bladder during the complicated and rare surgery on June 30.The boy, Reuben Sheikh, has responded to the surgery very well. His kidneys are now well protected and functioning fine, Redkar said.Sheikh was born with an exposed urinary bladder and a malformed penis. He suffered from Exstrophy-Epispadias Complex (EEC) which is a rare condition found in one in 1,00,000 live births. The biggest complication in such cases is that the exposed bladder can't store urine or function normally, resulting in urine leakage.When Sheikh was around 2 years old, Redkar had performed a Bladder Augmentation and Mitrofanoff Procedure to create a new tube on his belly through which he could urinate by using a catheter."The tube was made from the appendix, and it connected the bladder to a small hole created in the belly button. However, after his treatment, he went back to Kolkata and did not follow up," said Redkar, who was then practising at the Wadia Hospital."A few days ago, he called me for help as he was experiencing severe discomfort, pain and inability to control urination. When I presented this case to our management, the hospital decided to treat him free of cost," he added. His treatment at Wadia was sponsored."I am extremely grateful to Dr Redkar and Fortis SL Raheja Hospital for giving me a new lease of life. I did not have any money to get myself treated. When I called Dr Redkar, he immediately asked me to come to Mumbai and said he would help. I was then informed that the hospital was willing to treat me free of cost. I am now feeling better and will surely maintain my health and do my follow-ups," Sheikh said.--IANSrvt/arm
New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the medical fraternity on Thursday to mark the National Doctor's Day at a time when they played a crucial role in saving lives of lakhs of people as the whole country has been passing through the worst ever health crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic for the last one-and-a-half years.
He will address the doctors at 3 p.m. via video conferencing to show his gratitude towards them for their tireless support amid the crisis. The event will be hosted by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Since the Covid-19 pandemic has struck, the importance of doctors has been realised worldwide.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said, "India is proud of the efforts of all doctors in fighting Covid-19. 1st July is marked as National Doctors Day. At 3 PM tomorrow, will address the doctor's community at a programme organised by @IMAIndiaOrg."
The Prime Minister has had lauded the role played by healthcare workers who have been at the forefront of battling the Covid-19 disease outbreak. He has also thanked the medical fraternity for helping the country in fight against two deadly waves of Covid-19 which have badly hit the economy and public health infrastructure.
In his monthly radio programme on last Sunday, the Prime Minister again lauded the efforts of doctors for their contribution to nation-building.
National Doctor's Day is celebrated every year on July 1 in order to show gratitude to those doctors who have selflessly aided people in their time of need and tirelessly worked for the health of their patients.
Hyderabad, May 25 (IANS) Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D. Nageshwar Reddy, who is also the chairman of AIG Hospitals here, has been bestowed with the Rudolf V. Schindler Award from The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), one of the apex bodies in the world of GI endoscopy, thus becoming the first Indian doctor to receive the prestigious award, AGI Hospitals said.The award was presented to Reddy at ASGE's annual Crystal Awards ceremony that was held virtually.The Rudolf V. Schindler Award is the highest category in the prestigious Crystal Awards named after Dr Schindler, who is considered as the father of gastroscopy.Reddy became the first Indian medical practitioner to get this recognition from ASGE for his exemplary work in the field of endoscopy."ASGE's highest honour is given to a member who has accomplishments in endoscopic research, teaching, and/or service to the field of GI endoscopy which exemplifies the standards and traditions of Dr Schindler," said Klaus Mergener, President, ASGE, while presenting the award."Reddy is one of the first to promote endoscopy in India and has led the charge of educating numerous endoscopists all over the world," added Mergener."It is very humbling for me as an international member of the ASGE to receive the Rudolf V. Schindler Award. This is also a testament to all the endoscopists worldwide, even from the developing nations, that hard work and dedication are recognised by the society, irrespective of where they work. With this honour, I rededicate myself to the education and promotion of quality endoscopy," said Reddy.The award has come in the backdrop of another distinguished achievement of Reddy, who was recently inducted into the newly-elected fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Reddy is the first Indian medical doctor in the last 100 years to receive the fellowship of AAAS that was founded in 1848, marking the emergence of a national scientific community in the US.Reddy was selected under the category of medical sciences for the pioneering work in gastroenterology, particularly advancement in the therapeutic pancreatic biliary endoscopy and innovations in transgastric endoscopic surgery; and for service to international gastroenterology societies. The title recognises important contributions to STEM disciplines, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science.Reddy's main area of research interest has been in GI endoscopy, particularly in therapeutic pancreatio biliary endoscopy and innovations in transgastric endoscopic surgery. A specialist in GI endoscopy, till now, he has published over 670 papers in national and international peer review journals, contributed chapters in 20 international textbooks of gastroenterology, and has edited eight GI endoscopy textbooks.Reddy has won numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri from the government of India, BC Roy Award from the Indian Medical Council, and ASGE International Leadership Award, among others.--IANSms/arm
In a conversation with IANS, Dr Ashish Jaiswal, who did fellowship in Pulmonology and Critical Care Disease from the US and Europe, said that if one has tested Covid positive and isolating at home, then they first they need to identify their problems, which they call 'Long Covid' or 'Covid Haul Syndrome' as it can lasts for months. Jaiswal, who is with Bharadwaj Hospital in Noida, said that the most common symptom in long haulers are chronic fatigue and body pain and the other most common thing is chest involvement. "We notice that 60 per cent patients are showing these chest involvement and other 40 per cent are asymptomatic. But we see patches in them too. Usually this patch lessens, but in some cases, it might increase after 13-14 days in post Covid storm. So, these kinds of patients should be really careful," he said."We are also witnessing that 50 per cent patients are reporting 'Brain Fog', they feel altered sense, confused, unable to take decisions and loss of appetite too. This brain fog is directly post-Covid syndrome, not depression. "About 20 per cent of these patients are suffering from depression too. The ones who are in isolation, quarantine or using too much of social media are going through depression," he opined. Jaiswal also pointed out that among these 50 per cent of patients have kidney issues and then 5-10 per cent patients are there who require post-Covid dialysis while 40 per cent people face difficulty in doing basic daily chores. "Actually right now, we have huge number of population which is going through this post Covid syndrome, it has surpassed diabetes, blood pressure now. So, I appeal everyone to be optimistic and positive because 50 per cent of your problems get solved if you are positive," he said.Giving tips to people on how to monitor their health, Jaiswal flagged increase in heart rate in isolation. "If its above 100, then you might face heart issues later as in post-Covid, there are so many patients who get heart related issues. Monitor your saturation level. So, if all of a sudden you notice higher heart rate, lowering saturation level, sudden chest pain, and heavy breathlessness, then immediately inform your doctor because these are danger symptoms."He said that for those patients who had moderate lung infection and whose CT Score was more than 10-12, then they need to take better care or the ones who had kidney problem or cardiac issues then they also need to take good care in post Covid. He again reiterated that right now most important thing is to be happy, be positive. "Always remember we are home isolated, not home alone. Whole world is in this together, your family is there. It's the time when we need to be available for our family if not physically, then virtually to support each other." Discussing why people are facing problem during isolation or post-Covid, Jaiswal said: "Problem is people nowadays are taking prescription online from social media. Everyone is following the same prescription. People are unnecessarily taking zinc medicine, which can causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, metallic base, kidney stone. "Excess use of Vitamin C can cause abdominal cramps, headache and insomnia and excess use of Vitamin D can cause diarrhoea, dizziness, confusion."So, the medicine which you can get easily are there, the excess of these medicines are causing problem these days." He said that 80 per cent of patients are facing issues because of excessive use of these medicines."Without consulting their doctor people are taking ivermectin... it is dangerous for your health," he said. He also said that Ayurvedic preparations are no doubt good but excess intake of 'kadha' is also creating stomach issues, and diarrhoea.Citing people getting their blood test and CT scan done without doctor's prescription, he said: "Don't go until your doctor asks you for it because there will be no value of that test if there's no clinical relevance. This will not only increase financial burden on you but will also increase the burden on the system. Doctors will be more burdened." "Do not rush to the hospitals if your saturation level is above 92, consult your doctor, stay home because you are doing no good if you are rushing for hospitals. And the biggest loss you are doing is to the patients who actually needs the hospital treatment but couldn't because you occupied that bed unnecessary," he said. He also slammed people unnecessarily stocking the oxygen cylinders at their home.About diet of Covid patients in home isolation, Jaiswal said: "These kinds of patients need family support the most as that person is going through a lot. The most important role is of diet. Your diet must include lots of fruits, vegetables, less of 'kadha', less of masala.""You are in convalescent period, you will feel hungry. Second thing is to play brain games, video games. This will help in reducing brain fog. Alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited for three months. Because it has been observed that the ones who had started doing all these have contracted Covid again. Drink at least 3-4 litres of water, water can be in any form, it can be pulse water, rice water. Just keep drinking water. Take proper care of your sleep. Post-Covid patients must take at least 8 hours of sleep." He also said that patients with comorbities or some other old health issues must inform their doctors after recovering from Covid so that they can resume medicine according to doctor's instructions. Suggesting how post Covid people should start exercise, Jaiswal said: "The patients who had mild Covid or asymptomatic patients... they can do long walks at home. PT, or yoga will also work. Word of caution is for the ones who were serious or got cardiac issues or chest involvement was there."For patients with serious or cardiac issues, he said: "On first day try to do the exercise only for 5 minutes if your saturation doesn't dip, then repeat it again after every 2 hours. You should not pressure your lungs or heart." After doing exercise, immediately rest properly, he added."Exercise proning position. Serious Covid patients must do this for at least 4-5 hours daily," he said, adding that the ones who are still on oxygen, increase your oxygen level while exercising as saturation should be above 90 all the time. Asked about patients who have severe lung infection can manage themselves at home and what are the precautions they need to follow, Dr Jaiswal said, "If a patient is having excessive breathlessness, unbearable chest pain, saturation level is dipping, heart rate is increasing or a respiratory rate is increasing and have not got their CT Scan done that means their 50 per cent lung is involved. "If you are in remote area in such conditions, we advise them for steaming or nebulisation. Nebuliser is easily available everywhere. If your saturation is low, then use oxygen. Then there are medications which your doctor will prescribe in such conditions," he added. (Anand Singh can be contacted at email@example.com)--IANS<br>aks/rs/vd