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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:00 am 
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Govt med college to get high-end lab

TRICHY: The department of health research (DHR) of ministry of health and family welfare has chosen KAP Viswanatham government medical college (KAPVGMC) here to set up a viral research and diagnostic laboratory (VRDL). To be built at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore, the lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that can reportedly diagnose various types of viral diseases, including Ebola.

The approval for setting-up the higher level laboratory was obtained after Dr Sridharan Gopalan, former scientist, clinical virologist and a senior expert at Indian council for medical research (ICMR), inspected the hospital facilities on Thursday.

"KAPVGMC has been identified for setting up the high-end laboratory. The proposed lab will become functional soon, and the process is already underway. The fund for the project will be shared by both the central and state governments on 75:25 ratio," Dean Dr P Karkuzhali told the reporters on Friday.

As a part of increasing the viral diagnostic capabilities of existing laboratories in the country through its scheme of 'establishing a network of laboratories for managing epidemics and natural calamities', DHR has already set up a VRDL in Theni government medical college. KAPVGMC will be the second medical college hospital to get the facility in Tamil Nadu.

Biosafety level-2 (BSL-2) laboratory in medical college hospitals will be equipped to carry out serology for viruses and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for molecular diagnosis of viral diseases.

"The new lab will be used to diagnose viral diseases such as dengue, Japanese encephalitis, measles, rabies, swine flu, hepatitis C and HIV in children. The cost of monitoring techniques is expensive outside and VRDL will be useful for the poor people to get the diagnosis free of cost. Ebola can also be diagnosed with the new facility," said Dr S Dhanapaul, head of the department of microbiology, KAPGMC.

He also said that post-graduate students from all disciplines of KAPVGMC can do their dissertations on the facility.

A medical officer, a technician and a worker will be appointed for the lab.

Dr Karkuzhali said that KAPVGMC has sent a proposal to the government seeking approval to start new post-graduate courses in anatomy, physiology, psychology, microbiology, pharmacology and pathology. Currently, the college offers courses in medicine, surgery, anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and bio-chemistry.

Besides VRDL, the college has also begun measures to acquire approval for a central government-funded multi discipline research unit (MDRU) at a cost of Rs 5 crore, said the dean.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City ... 391216.cms


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Centre of Excellence in neonatal care to come up in Tiruchi

The State government will set up a Centre of Excellence in neonatal and maternal care in Tiruchi and Tirunelveli at a cost of Rs.20 crore each, according to C.Vijaya Baskar, Minister for Health.

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday after inspecting the facilities available for neonatal and maternity care at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) in the city, he said a maternity centre would also be set up at Pudukottai at a cost of Rs.20 crore. The government had already given sanction for the projects, and the sites for constructing them had been earmarked, he said. Stating that the centres would be big boost to the people living in and around the three districts, he said the integrated buildings would have all facilities for child and mother care. The construction works would commence soon, he said.

The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) was low in the State compared to other States in the country, Mr. Baskar said. The number of deaths of children less than one year of age per 1,000 live births in the State was just 21 as compared to the national average of 40, he said. In Tiruchi district, it was 12 per 1,000. In appreciation of the State government’s success in bringing down the IMR , the Central government had released Rs.134 crore as special grant to the State last year.

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Expo on healthy eating, lifestyle today

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A three-day expo on diabetes and walking contests for adults aged 30 and above are among the activities being organised here to create awareness on the condition in connection with the World Diabetes Day on Friday.

‘Dibatex – 2014’, inaugurated on Thursday, is hosted by I.S. Nursing Home and I.S. Diabetes and Hypertension Centre and goes on until November 16 at the Schwartz Hall on the Vestry School premises.

“According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are 63 million diabetics in India,” Dr. N.S. Prasad told The Hindu .

“We have a large number of undetected pre-diabetes cases,” he said.

With the IDF declaring ‘healthy eating’ to be this year’s theme, the expo is going to feature live demonstrations of nutritionally balanced recipes by the nursing home’s dieticians.

Stalls featuring an array of allied services – blood check-up, awareness literature and diabetic medical accessories – form part of the expo. Cultural performance by students and a debate in Tamil are on the cards.

“In Tiruchi, we see Type II diabetes in people as young as 25 years,” Dr. Prasad said at the inaugural function. Consumption of fast food and the lack of exercise are the main reasons. Around 95 to 98 per cent of reported cases are Type II. Some 15 per cent pertains to gestational diabetes (among pregnant women). The purpose of this expo is to create an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the need for at least half an hour of exercise five days a week,” he said.

Diabetes Club of Tiruchi, a forum of diabetologists in the city, is hosting walking competitions for adults aged 30 and above on November 16. The free event has 20 first and second prizes on offer for men and women, who will be divided into five groups, as per their age. It will start at 7 a.m. at the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Hall on Salai Road, and end at Vestry School at 9 a.m.

Transport for those who complete the contest route back to the starting venue has been organised.

“We want to inform the public that brisk walking is the easiest exercise to prevent diabetes,” Dr. B. Bosco said. “Walking helps raise good cholesterol levels and control blood pressure,” he said.

As the number of those affected goes up, he said the government should focus on “how to keep people healthy” by starting awareness campaigns in schools and colleges. “We should stop aping the Western diet and get children more interested in physical activity,” he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 597655.ece


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Climate change spikes conjunctivitis in Trichy, several cases registered daily


TRICHY: The number of conjunctivitis cases is on the rise in the district for the past few weeks due to the sudden change in climatic conditions, which is optimum for viral transmissions.

Doctors have advised people to avoid across the counter medication for the infection, which could aggravate the viral disease.

Scores of people in rural and urban parts of the district were afflicted with conjunctivitis with their eyes turning red.

Normally, conjunctivitis, also called as 'Madras Eye', takes its toll in July and August due to heavy winds. But this year, the virus had spread in October.

The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) has been witnessing several cases of viral conjunctivitis daily for the past one month.

"Irrespective of age, patients with conjunctivitis are queuing up at the MGMGH for treatment. It takes five to six days to get cured of the virus completely. We advise the patients to be in isolation during the period," Dr P Parthiban, head of the department of ophthalmology, MGMGH, said.

People should not take steroids without prescription as it could affect the cornea.

"Administering steroids bought from medical shops is not a proper treatment for conjunctivitis. It may reduce the inflammation but will cause superficial punctate keratitis (SPK) (spots in cornea)," said Dr Parthiban.

It may be noted that the 'reddish' colour in the eyes will last only for three days but the infection would remain for nearly a week.

As far as Trichy Corporation is concerned, a large number of people were affected with conjunctivitis. This is evident from the number of people visiting doctors in both the government and private hospitals to get treatment for the disease.

"The treatment for viral conjunctivitis is not a challenging one and we have enough facilities to treat it," said Dr S Mariappan, city health officer (CHO), Trichy Corporation.

Students and teachers are the most affected by the virus as they congregate in one place for a long time. Doctors recommend complete rest to the affected students and teachers in order to prevent the conjunctivitis from spreading.

It will not spread through eye-to-eye contact, a city doctor said. It spreads only by touching the affected person and using the things used by them.

In rural parts of the district, medicines for treating conjunctivitis are available in all the primary health centres (PHCs).

"People need not worry about conjunctivitis as it is a seasonal one and not harmful. People can cure it with medicines available in all the PHCs in the district," said Dr I Raveendran, deputy director of health services, Trichy.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City ... 018513.cms


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Beware of ‘pink eyes’

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Eye specialists in the city have cautioned people over fast spread of highly contagious viral conjunctivitis (known as ‘pink eye’) and advised them against self-medication.

“Viral conjunctivitis usually occurs in places where people congregate in large numbers and spreads due to sharing of contaminated personal items and tear droplets,” Parthiban Purushothaman, Head, Department of Ophthalmology, K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College, told The Hindu .

People could contract the virus by touching an article that contained traces of viral discharge, he said adding that it was a myth that the disease spreads through direct eye-to-eye contact.

“You cannot get it by simply looking at an infected person,” he said. “Even those who wear spectacles are not immune to it.”

The condition, once restricted to summer months, has become perennial especially in south India, said Vinitha Rachel Philip, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Kaveri Hospitals.

“This disease should not be confused with the ‘Madras Eye’ which is a bacterial infection that lasts for four to five days with red eye full of copious discharge,” he said. “The main symptoms of ‘pink eye,’ which lasts for two to three weeks, are swelling of eyelids, pain in and around the eye, pink colour to spots or patches of red, watery or blood stained discharge.” A mild sore throat and running nose could precede the disease followed by blurred vision in the second week.

“Viral conjunctivitis is self-limiting but spreads very fast,” said Dr. Tanuja Britto, Deputy Director, Joseph Eye Hospital.

“The best way to stop its spread is to isolate the patient,” she added. Parents have a responsibility to keep affected children at home until the infection heals, she said and urged the public to consult an ophthalmologist rather than the neighbourhood pharmacist for medication.

Joseph Eye Hospital has set up a separate out-patient department to deal with viral conjunctivitis. “On an average, we are seeing around 15-20 cases daily,” said Dr. Britto.

The doctors emphasised the importance of frequent hand-washing and use of sanitisers to reduce the chance of infection.

Washing the infected eye with water and swabbing it (single use) with cotton soaked in hot water will help, they said.

They warned against using eye drops that contain steroids because it could lead to cornea damage.

“While steroids treat the inflammation caused by conjunctivitis, they can prolong the disease and possibly damage the cornea,” said Dr. Purushothaman.

“Patients who experience blurred vision or extreme sensitivity to white light (after using such eye-drops) must immediately seek medical attention.”

“People should not share medication, especially eye-drops, even if it is for the same ailment,” advised Dr. Britto.


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Canadian gets iris implant done in Tiruchi hospital

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An ophthalmology hospital in the city has helped overcome a Canadian national’s lifelong intolerance to harsh light by carrying out an artificial bio-compatible silicone iris implant surgery on her eyes recently.

“Since my childhood, I have had sensitive eyes — I couldn’t look at the sun or strong light. Even at night I’d get headaches due to light exposure,” said Huda Fode (36), who works as a psychiatrist and fashion model in Auckland, New Zealand, speaking to The Hindu about the surgical procedure she underwent at Vasan Eye Care Hospital in the city. The surgery was performed by Dr. Shibu Varkey and his team in the first week of October.

Going from doctor to doctor and faced with inconclusive test results, she had given up looking for a solution five years ago. A chance online reading about Dr. Varkey’s work in cosmetic ophthalmology led her to seek an appointment through email. “I was thrilled when he confirmed that he could set right my problem after seeing my earlier medical reports,” said Dr. Fode. “So I decided to leave everything, my work and life in New Zealand and come to see him. He said I needed a week in Tiruchi, but I took three weeks off just to be safe,” said Dr. Fode, who brought her three-year-old daughter Sorayya along. Dr. Fode had the medical device placed in her eyes, after which, she says she can see clearly in bright sunlight “without worrying about contact lenses and infections.”

Prosthetic iris implantation could be used for cosmetic purposes to permanently change eye colour. Although the procedure takes around 15 minutes per eye, and was done under local anaesthesia, it was not without risk, said Dr. Shibu, who did the first such surgery in February 2012. In this surgery, which was still awaiting government regulation, to insert the artificial iris, the surgeon creates a “2.8-mm window” in the cornea. Through it, the implant (12.5mm in diameter) is inserted and placed over the natural iris. The surgery costs between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 4 lakh and recovery time was pegged at three days to a week.

For Dr. Huda Fode, who took three flights (around 26 hours of travel time from Auckland to Singapore, Chennai and Tiruchi), the experience had been a “miracle to find perfect eyesight in Tiruchi. I would like to thank Dr. Shibu for saving my eyes. Everything has changed now, I can see clearly,” she said. She and Sorayya will be returning to New Zealand on Tuesday (October 21), with fond memories of the city.


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