40 assistant professors have joined course in almost all specialties
PUDUCHERRY: Almost all specialties in Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) will have expert faculty soon. A total of 40 assistant professors have joined a one-week course in almost all specialties, Director of JIPMER K.S.V.K. Subba Rao has said.
He was addressing the valedictory session of a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on HIV/AIDS Issues in Clinical Practice, organised by the Department of Microbiology and HIV Cell of JIPMER and Pondicherry AIDS Control Society (PACS) on Tuesday. He said that assistant professors had joined not only general specialties but also super specialties including cardiology, neurosurgery, cardio surgery, surgical gastroenterology and oncology.
“We have got excellent infrastructure. We are going to have expert faculty in almost all specialties soon. People are eager to work in this institution. It is becoming the most sought-after institution for teaching and learning activities apart from patient care and research,” he said.
Exhorting medical practitioners to take great care of HIV/AIDS patients, he said, “As clinicians, we should take a pledge that we should create awareness among people of the syndrome and also see to it that misconceptions are cleared. We should come forward to take good care of the patients.
“If we, healthcare professionals, do not come forward to take care of the patients, then imagine the plight of society. This should be our focus and attention. We should be equipped with knowledge, disseminate it and put it into practice . We should make efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS,” he said.
Dr. Rao said that JIPMER was taking the lead in organising several programmes not only with reference to HIV/AIDS but also subjects such as medical education, scientific programmes and annual conferences.
He distributed certificates to resident doctors of various medical institutes in Puducherry, who participated in the CME programme.
Dean of JIPMER K.S. Reddy pointed out that there were nearly 40 million people living with HIV. Some were having symptoms of AIDS.
“The annual death rate was three lakh people dying directly of AIDS across the world. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding HIV/AIDS patients. It is vital to know and dispel all misconceptions of HIV/AIDS patients,” he said.
Project director of PACS Gilbert Fernandez said that any college which wanted to start a programme on HIV/AIDS could approach the PACS for support.
S.C. Parija, head of the Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, said, “The Department of Microbiology and HIV cell of JIPMER, along with PACS, is making all efforts to strengthen and improve the facilities for lab diagnosis and initiating Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) services.”
The department had received two equipment, flow cytometer for CD4 count and real time PCR for determining HIV genome. These equipment were important for investigation and would improve facilities for improved diagnosis of HIV, he added.
Medical Superintendent of JIPMER Ashok Kumar Das said that the HIV clinic at JIPMER was nine years old and lab investigation was sent outside. “We must establish the facility here. Now, we are providing testing facility and counselling. An ART centre could be established at JIPMER,” he suggested.
Professor of Microbiology, JIPMER, B.N. Harish also spoke.