‘Medallion 2013’, the second international conference on ‘Current Trends in Public Health and Hospital Administration’ got under way here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, P.N. Ramani, Additional Director of Health Vigilance, felt that there was much scope for progress in the field of public health in the State despite a marked increase in health standards in recent times.

There has been a recurrence of several communicable diseases that were once considered eradicated.

The situation pointed towards the need for further study and research in the field, she said.

Inaugurating the two-day programme, Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor A.V. George suggested that the prime goal of the conference was to spread awareness on various issues relating to the main theme. .

The event is being jointly organised by the University College of Medical Education (UCME), Mahatma Gandhi University; Pt. BDS University of Health Sciences, Haryana; Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) Kerala Chapter and Federation of Hospital Administrators (FHA) Kerala Chapter.

Somasekharan Unni, University Syndicate member, presided over the function. P.G.R. Pillai, Founder Director, UCME; Thomas Mathew, president, IPHA Kerala Chapter; S.K. Jawahar, president, FHA Kerala Chapter; and S. Reji Ram, Director and Head of the Department, Division of Health Management, UCME; also spoke on the occasion.

The inaugural session was followed by sessions on various topics including tropical diseases, hospital institutional planning, infection control programme, disability management.

The sessions will continue for another day before the curtains come down on the conference.