Staff Reporter

From November 21 to 25

PUDUCHERRY: Director of the Puducherry State Health Mission D. Thamma Rao on Tuesday said the spread of infectious diseases could be prevented by early diagnosis.

Inaugurating a five-day national workshop on `Simple methods in clinical microbiology' at JIPMER, he said simple diagnostic tests could help save lives.

The outbreak of influenza, dengue and even chikungunya could be controlled by quick diagnosis and effective public health measures, he said.

The workshop is being organised by the Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, from November 21 to 25 for doctors, professors and assistant professors in departments of medical microbiology in medical colleges. In his presidential address, JIPMER's medical superintendent and acting director A.K. Das said infections were the major killers in disorders like diabetes.

Diagnostic techniques were of paramount importance to control infectious diseases like dengue and chikungunya, he added.

B.N. Harish and S. Sujatha, professors of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, and JIPMER dean K.S. Reddy also spoke.

Participants

Earlier, speaking to The Hindu , S.C. Parija, Director, Professor and Head of Microbiology, said participants from 16 States were taking part in the programme.

"Simple tests that can be performed in medical colleges and institutes for diagnosis of common infectious diseases like malaria, typhoid and bacterial diseases like diarrhoea have been selected for the workshop."

A `Microbiology nite' will be celebrated on November 24 where the best technicians and the supporting staff will be presented awards.

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