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“We need to support any work done to eradicate Hospital Acquired Infections.”: Dr Nayanjeet Chaudhury,

.Symposium on ‘Hospital Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial resistance’

ALIGARH December 9: “What's the simplest thing a hospital can do to lower their rates of hospital-acquired infection?....I would say that it would be to have hand-washing facilities easily available in hospitals”, said Dr Nayanjeet Chaudhury, Director M & E and Health Service Delivery, Population Services International. Dr Chaudhury was addressing medical and paramedical professionals, scholars and delegates in a symposium organized by the Department of Microbiology, J N Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University.

Dr Chaudhary pointed out that it is a shared responsibility of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff to fight Hospital Acquired Infections. He narrated an example of a Canadian scientist who contacted him to work on a bio-medical reactor to control Hospital Acquired Infections in a Gujarat based hospital but his efforts went in vain due to lack of support from the hospital officials. Dr Chaudhary added: “We need to support any work done to eradicate Hospital Acquired Infections.”

The Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd) assured that if the Canadian scientist reaches to AMU, he will be provided with space and resources to work on bio-medical reactor. General Shah also said that the theme of this symposium is aptly chosen and the Control of Healthcare associated infections are of global importance. “I hope the deliberations at this conference will not only help in understanding these problems, but also aim at providing solutions,” added Gen. Shah.

Throwing light on the causes of Hospital Acquired Infections, the Chairman of JN Medical College’s Microbiology Department, Prof Haris M Khan, stated that these infections are caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens; the most common types are bloodstream infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and surgical site infection. He added that the symposium will make medical professionals aware of ways of reducing these infections to at least acceptable limits.

Prof Shahjahan Bano, Dean, Faculty of Medicine pointed out that projects across the country have proved to be successful, however, at some places awareness level is needed to be increased by adhering to basic standards for hand hygiene, disinfection of patients, sterile handling of equipment and proper use of antibiotics.

Meanwhile, Prof Tariq Mansoor, Principal and CMS, JN Medical College showed his concern on how Hospital Acquired Infections neutralized the good work done by hospitals.

Dr Fatima Khan, Organizing Secretary introduced the guest speakers, while the vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Abida Malik, Chairperson, Scientific Committee. The event was conducted by Dr Neha Garg. 

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