14-DEC-2015: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University recently hosted a Pediatric Cardiology CME, which was attended by dignitaries from all over the country.
In the opening lecture of the CMS, Professor Asif Hasan, Deputy Director, Centre of Cardiology, JNMC talked about establishing a Pediatric Cardiology programme at JNMC.
Speaking about pediatric cardiac care in India, Prof R Krishna Kumar, Head, Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute, Kochi pointed out that about one lac children are born with significant heart defect requiring immediate attention.
He added that the requirement of cardiac centres in India is approx 1000 but only 50 centres are present in big cities and metropolis. He pointed out that it is sad that children with congenital heart defects from villages are not able to reach these centres.
Prof Kumar further said that shockingly, Kolkatta has the only cardiac centre in Eastern India. Talking about the urgent need to have cardiac centre in Western Uttar Pradesh, Prof Kumar said that AMU has the capability of becoming centre of excellence in pediatric cardiac care.
Meanwhile, Dr Kumar also talked about the role of pediatricians in detecting cases and approaching a child with heart defects.
Dr Kumar did initial training from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and later went to Harvard Medical School, Unites States of America in 1996 to do pediatric cardiology training from Harvard's Children Hospital. He has organized 72 CME courses and workshops in Pediatric cardiology, Echocardiography and interventions in India and overseas and nine national conferences.
Dr Kumar has 138 publications in National and International journals to his credit. He is Fellow of American College of Cardiology and Fellow of American Heart Association.
Dr Munesh Tomar, Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology, Medicity, Medanta addressed the gathering about the right time to do surgery and intervention in a child with heart defects.
Prof KS Dagar, Chief pediatric cardiac surgeon and Director at Max Hospital in Saket, Delhi spoke about various surgeries performed on children with heart defects.
Prof Arun Singh lectured on cognitive (intelligence) assessment in children. Prof Singh is the National Advisor, Rastriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, National Child Health Program under Ministry of Health, Government of India. He is also an ex-Head, Department of Neonatology: Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, SSKM Hospitals.
A host of other important speakers further addressed the gathering about pediatric cardiology programme at JNMC.
Prof Ramakrishnan, AIIMS delivered lecture on ECG, while Prof Manoj kumar Rohit, PGI Chandigarh talked about Rheumatic Fever and Cardiomyopathy in his lectrure.
Dr Shaad Abqari gave a detailed report of the work done by Pediatric Cardiology division in JNMC. Dr Shariq Aqil conducted the programme and Dr Tauheed Ahmad announced the name of the quiz competition winners while delivering the vote of thanks.
A souvenir of the programme, edited by Dr Abqari was also released during the conclusion of the event.