Chennai, Aug 2 (IANS) The Indian Association of Pediatrics (IAP), Tamil Nadu chapter in association with the state health department has trained nurses and doctors to manage Covid-19 in children. The training was conducted online.Nearly 10,000 staff nurses and 3,800 pediatricians of government and private hospitals of the state were trained to manage Covid-19 in Children to date.Dr K. Rajendran, State secretary of IAP, Tamil Nadu chapter while speaking to IANS said, "We are aiming to prepare close to 50,000 health care workers in the state to handle an expected third Covid wave. It is a known fact that a majority of nurses are hesitant to handle pediatric Covid-19 cases as they were uncertain on the patient's response to medicines."The main aspect of the training, according to Dr Rajendran is to equip the nurses to understand how to manage the children and when to bring up the alert so that the mortality rates are low.The training programme has four modules, triaging, clinical management, prevention, and overview of pediatric Covid.With more Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) coming up, the Indian Association of Pediatrics wants to equip the nurses and doctors to handle this in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).The IAP has already created a health task force that will support the health care workers across the state and an online app is being created. This online app will provide data of the number of oxygen beds, ICUs and on the availability of doctors in pediatric wards across the state.Dr Ramesh Goutam, Pediatrician, with a Government hospital in Tirunelveli, told IANS, "The IAP has always been taking up novel measures to fight diseases and this is again a novel initiative on the part of the IAP to fight against the possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic. We have already got training as well as nurses in our department."--IANSaal/skp/
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has raised objection to the provision of including the AYUSH into the modern medical system during the training of medical students, saying "it is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy".
In a letter to National Medical Commission (NMC), the IMA said, "It is not prudent for an Intern trained in modern medicine to partake and practice a system of medicine which he has not learned in under graduation with know-how and show-how paradigms."
"And straightaway coming to do it in an internship is dangerous to the public and the system," mentions the IMA in its letter on Thursday.
Referring that AYUSH and its components are vast subjects, the IMA said "working there for a week the intern will not learn any new skill, and there is no clarity who shall be their mentor, and will they be assessed by NMC faculty norms or not".
"What objective, role or competency will be learned which will augment his competencies as IMG? Are we adding engineering and Agriculture science too for a week as it will make him a perfect human being?" the IMA asked.
One week-period exposure, especially in another system of medicine will only pave the way to a half-baked mixopath, which is disastrous for the country, it said.
"IMA fully opposes the inclusion of one-week exclusive elective posting which is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy. IMA strives for purity of profession."
"The rider for the said elective is very clear to the effect that provided the said discipline is available in the same college or institution where the internship is being done by the intern," said the IMA, adding "in this pretext, attempts will be made to introduce all these disciplines inside the modern medical hospitals, and slowly mixopathy will creep in".
The IMA noted it is also to be borne in mind that in terms of the interpretative pronouncement made by the Supreme Court in a series of proclamations that the registered medical practitioner in a given path, whereunder he or she have been trained and possesses the requisite registering qualification, is entitled to practice the said profession and not trespass any other profession in any manner by practicing the same.
"This being binding and established position of law, any posting in the name of elective in the period of internship which has no bearing in regard to the competencies that the intern would be entitled to practice as registered medical practitioner are neither open nor permissible for inclusion in the said internship programme, otherwise, it will be violative of this binding settled legal position in terms of it being law of the land."
The IMA said it appeals to delete Section 4.3 (17), which says exclusive elective posting of one week in any one of the AYUSH medicine available in the medical college to be given as a mandatory elective posting.
The IMA submitted seven-point observations with a firm request to the NMC to delete section 4.3 (17) and do necessary corrections for the other comments placed. (agency)
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Ranchi, July 4 (IANS) Specialised doctors from University of California at Los Angeles, University of Texas and University of Illinois, USA, on Sunday imparted online training to several hundred Jharkhand doctors on critical care, preparation of Pediatric Intensive Care Units and treatment protocols to combat a possible third Covid wave and outbreak of the virus in children.Those attending the webinar were pediatricians working in state-run medical college and hospitals, district hospitals, malnutrition treatment centres, Special New Born Care Units, New Born Stabilisation Units, physicians and pediatricians to be posted in the upcoming 28 new Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) all over Jharkhand.The webinar titled 'International PICU and Critical Care Training Symposium', was organised by Women Doctors Wing, Indian Medical Association(IMA), Jharkhand in association with Department of Health and family welfare, governemnt of Jharkhand. The webinar was inaugurated by Banna Gupta, Jharkhand Health Minister of.Welcoming the guests, Dr Bharti Kashyap, chairperson, Women Doctors Wing, IMA Jharkhand said that this was the first time that such an international webinar has been arranged where specialists from top medical colleges in USA would share their insights and perspectives on combating a possible third Covid wave that is projected to hit several lakh children in Jharkhand.Providing vital inputs and procedural skills to Jharkhand doctors were Dr Yonca Bulut, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Dr Ravi Kashyap, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine, USA and Dr Pooja Kashyap, Pediatric Cardiologist, Director of Adult Congenital Program and Assistant Professor, University of Texas, USA.Dr Bharti Kashyap urged that respiratory ailments and heart problems in children caused by Covid infection be also brought under the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme, to provide relief to low income groups."It is very necessary to set up state-of-the-art common pathological labs, capable of delivering diagnostic test results in the shortest possible time be set up for each cluster of 3 to 4 pediatric ICUs, to ensure speedy diagnosis, prompt treatment and care for all Covid-affected children," Dr Kashyap said.--IANSns/kr
Panaji, June 16 (IANS) The Goa government has tied up with the Art of Living foundation for conducting online training sessions to boost immunity and well-being and over-coming Covid-related challenges to "help perform duties with energy and valour".A circular issued by the state's General Administration Department said that the online classes will be conducted over three days."During these challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic where the overall physical, mental and social health of people is put to task, the Art of Living organisation is conducting online Covid Care programmes for 'well being and immunity' for government servants and staff in order to overcome these health challenges and help perform duties with energy and valor," the circular issued on Wednesday said."It is a specialised programme for immunity boost, improving lung capacity, mental health and reducing stress, anxiety through medication, breathing and yoga for non-Covid, Covid+ve Awith mild or moderate symptoms and post Covid persons," it said.--IANSmaya/vd
Hyderabad, May 12 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic has not just rattled lives of millions but has put Indian healthcare machinery under tremendous pressure.From doctors to nurses to support staff, thousands of healthcare professionals have fallen to this deadly virus which continues to wreak havoc.It's not just doctors who are leading the battle against Covid across the world but nurses are also playing a crucial role. Every year May 12 is celebrated as International Nurses Day to remember Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.The day this year is being observed amid the ongoing second wave in India and it highlights the contribution of nurses in the entire healthcare system.Healthcare experts, on International Nurses Day, have called for encouraging nursing training at schools to create a 'healthy India'"Healing is a matter of time for the patient, but it is an opportunity to serve the needy for those working at a healthcare facility. The doctors and the nursing staff offer selfless service to ensure patients go back to their normal lives and are reunited to their families. Many patients do not even remember the names of nurses who served them in distress; but for these nurses every patient is same and want each one of them to return to their loved ones to lead a healthy life," said Soma Raju, Executive Director SLG Hospitals."India needs more nurses. India needs more nursing knowledge. And India needs to take a different approach to cater to the changing times and growing demands. I think, India needs to bring 'nursing' or basic healthcare into education curriculum at high school level. This will not just ensure enhanced awareness among the people at large but will also help create an empathetic environment towards the healthcare machinery in India," said Dr. Mervin Leo, Cluster COO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals.Dr. Riyaz Khan, CEO, Continental Hospitals believes that nursing education at schools will help create healthier India. The boys and girls, who gain basic understanding about health and well being will ensure healthy surroundings. "This move will not just impart basic understanding about nursing practice; but will reiterate the importance of healthy living which will help create healthy India in the medium to long term and reduce unnecessary burden on the Indian health system.""In performing their duties, nurses often face difficult circumstances. Still, it is the motto to serve the needy that keeps these women (some men too) going day after day, night after night. Nursing is a demanding profession; and Indian healthcare system needs more nurses to cater to the growing needs in the years ahead. "Covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for Indian healthcare to relook at the existing systems and be prepared for future needs," concluded Abhinandan Dastenavar, Center Head, Wockhardt Hospital, Nagpur.--IANSms/in
London, April 27 (IANS) If you are worried about smell loss due to Covid-19, ditch steroids and try sniffing at least four different odours twice a day, suggest an international group of smell experts.The team, including Prof Carl Philpott from the University of East Anglia in the UK, noted that steroids should not be used to treat smell loss caused by Covid-19. Instead, 'smell training' -- a process that involves sniffing at least four different odours twice a day for several months, they recommend in the paper detailed in the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology.Smell loss is a prominent symptom of Covid-19, and the pandemic is leaving many people with long-term smell loss.Corticosteroids -- a class of drug that lowers inflammation in the body -- are often prescribed to help treat conditions such as asthma, and they have been considered as a therapeutic option for smell loss caused by Covid-19."But they have well-known potential side effects including fluid retention, high blood pressure, and problems with mood swings and behaviour," Carl Philpott, Professor and smell loss expert from UEA's Norwich Medical School."The huge rise in smell loss caused by Covid-19 has created an unprecedented worldwide demand for treatment. Around one in five people who experience smell loss as a result of Covid-19 report that their sense of smell has not returned to normal eight weeks after falling ill," Philpott added.But research shows that 90 per cent of people will have fully recovered their sense of smell after six months.The team carried out a systematic evidence-based review to see whether corticosteroids could help people regain their sense of smell.They found very little evidence that corticosteroids will help with smell loss. And because they have well known potential adverse side effects, they advise against its use as a treatment for post-viral smell loss.But smell training, on the other hand, could be helpful. "It aims to help recovery based on neuroplasticity -- the brain's ability to reorganise itself to compensate for a change or injury," Philpott said.--IANSrvt/in