25-AUG-2019: Department of Paediatrics organises CME
Aligarh, August 25: "Infants and children under five-years of age need special medical attention as they like the elderly need constant care for their well being," said Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor, while inaugurating the National Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on 'Update on Common and not so Common Paediatric Problems' organised by the Department of Paediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), AMU.
Prof Mansoor, pointed out that the Department of Paediatrics is catering to people of lower income groups not only in Aligarh and its adjoining areas, but to a sizeable portion of Uttar Pradesh.
He added: "The Department of Paediatrics in particular and JNMC in general stands out from many other hospitals for providing state-of-art, modern super-speciality facilities to people from economically weaker sections, who largely depend on public hospitals."
The Vice Chancellor remarked that that the National Health Mission has given a grant of Rs 16 crores to the Department of Paediatrics under which multi-disciplinary projects are being carried out.
He pointed out that JNMC is also running projects under the Melinda and Gates Foundation and specialised training of medical officers and para-medical staff is going on in various JNMC departments including Paediatrics.
Prof Mansoor mentioned that JNMC is working in close association with the state and central governments and NGOs for the betterment of society.
"India is a young country and resources should be used for the better of young people," he said.
Recalling her days as a medical student at JNMC, the Chief-Guest, Dr Hameeda Tariq (Renowned Paediatrician) said that the Department of Paediatrics has come a long way with the best of facilities from the time she attended JNMC for MBBS and MD.
"When I was a student, there were very few ward attendants and other staff and we used to develop bonds with the patients, leaving grin on their faces," she said adding that patient care is still the same and I am proud to see developments in my alma mater.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Akhtar Haseeb delineated socio-economic factors related to common and uncommon diseases in children.
He pointed out: "In 2015, 5.9 million children died because of ailments not take care of in early stages."
"This CME is designed to provide the young with the knowledge from the best paediatricians in the country. It represents Sir Syed's saying that he is planting a sapling, which will grow into a huge tree with branches spreading everywhere," said Prof M H Beg (Former Pro Vice Chancellor).
He added that this CME will encourage and push the budding paediatricians to broaden knowledge and expand abilities to provide guidelines for paediatrics in clinical practice.
Prof S C Sharma (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) said, "I am sure that the current trends and recent developments will be highlighted by experts during this programme and the knowledge will undoubtedly enrich one and all."
Prof S K Kabra (AIIMS, New Delhi) said that the topics to be covered in the CME are very well selected and include day to day problems faced by paediatricians in their clinical practice. He also delivered a talk on 'Cystic Fibrosis: A disease with Clinical Markers from Newborn to Adulthood'.
Delivering the welcome address, Prof Farzana K Beig (Organising Secretary of the Programme and Chairperson, Department of Paediatrics) said that as the definition and management of common problems have undergone substantial changes in view of their long term outcomes and that there is a constant vigil and call for regular updates on common and uncommon paediatric problems, it is hoped that deliberations in this CME will serve the purpose.
Dr M Kashif Ali (Joint-Organising Secretary) proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Nida Khan, Dr Ayesha Israrul Haque and Dr Zulqarnain conducted the programme.
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