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FMMC organizes CME on Innovations in Malaria Control

Date : Nov 3, 2018

The Department of Community Medicine of Father Muller Medical College under the aegis of Intercollegiate Academic Programme for Postgraduates (IAPP) conducted a Continuous Medical Education (CME) with the emphasis on Innovations in Malaria Control on 26 October 2018 in the Decennial Memorial Hall.

The delegates included doctors, nurses, BSC MLT students and Postgraduate students from various colleges.

After the unprecedented global success in Malaria Control, progress has stalled according to World Malaria Report 2Ol7. An estimated 5 million and more Malaria cases are known to be reported in 2016 than in 2015. With about 4.45 lakh Malaria deaths worldwide and keeping the challenges in mind, this CME was aimed to deliberate and discuss a significant issue of national and international concern

Eminent speakers in the field of prevention of malaria had attended to deliver their feast of knowledge to all the delegates.

The inaugural programme commenced with an invocation followed by lamp lighting by the esteemed dignitaries.

Dr Jayaprakash Alva, Dean, FMMC introduced the chief guest and welcomed the gathering.

Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director, FMCI presided over the programme and said, “Awareness campaigns need to be conducted and measures have to be taken to make Mangalore free from malaria. The public needs to join hands along with the district authorities and hospitals in the elimination of Malaria from the city.”

Chief Guest, Dr Ramakrishna Rao, District Health and Family Welfare Officer, Dakshina Kannada said, “According to the current statistics of the state, it is noted that Malaria is predominant in Mangalore. Despite mortality rates being low, incidences of Malaria cases been reported in Mangalore has drastically increased. Along with the clinicians and district public health committee various innovations are taking place in order to eradicate the incidences and prevalence of Malaria. A big support is required from the general public and other sectors of the society in order to eliminate this disease.”

“For every 50,000 population, primary health centers have been established. One needs to approach the disease both from the curative as well as preventive aspect. The hospital authorities need to be frequent in reporting on the incidences of malaria cases. As a result, timely preventive measures and health education can be provided. We have been able to completely eliminate smallpox and polio, and if the public cooperates with the district public health system, then definitely we can completely eradicate malaria by 2020”, he further stated.

D B Mehta, President of CREDAI, Mangalore, spoke on the instances of how construction sites have been a mode of communicable diseases.

 Dr K R Kamath, IMA President shared his views and appreciated the initiative taken by the department in organising the CME.

Dr K R Kamath, IMA President, D B Mehta, President of CREDAI, Mangalore were present as the guest of honour. Fr Ajit B. Menezes, Administrator, FMMC, Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, Administrator, FMMCH, Dr Jayaprakash Alva, Dean, Dr Padmaja Udaykumar, Vice-dean were also present on the occasion.

Dr Narayan, head of the department of community medicine, rendered the vote of thanks. Sushmita Ravi Kumar compered the programme.