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Meet held on infection-control

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An infection-free environment in hospitals is of paramount importance, especially with the significant increase in the number of patients visiting hospitals, Governor Sheila Dikshit has said.

Inaugurating a national conference on Infection Control and Prevention, organised by KIMS Hospital here on Sunday, Ms. Dikshit said bugs were becoming more resistant to medical treatment and despite medical advancements, infection control was a challenging job.

She said that advancements in medical education and technologies had made it possible for people to access the best of care offered by specialised institutions.

Health-care associated or hospital-acquired infections were a global phenomenon but its rate is way too high in India.

A number of lives are lost every year to such infections, apart from the huge financial and physical costs involved in managing these infections. But strict infection control protocols put into practice could save lives, the conference reminded healthcare practitioners.

The one-day conference focussed on the day-to-day clinical practices of infection control for internistsIt discussed infection control practices in hospitals, prevention and management of transplant-related infections, and perinatal infections.

Sessions were handled by faculty from across the country. Over 200 delegates, including doctors and postgraduate medical students, attended the conference.

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