6 April : Every year 7th april is observed as the World Health Day all over the globe. It is celebrated to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1948, the WHO held the first World Health Assembly, which decided to celebrate April 7 of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh is conducting an awareness programme to commemorate this occasion focusing of the drug resistance.On the basis of the deliberations of the Hospital Infection Control Committee, GMCH, the Department of Microbiology is organising Symposium on Antibiotics Stewardship : Need of the Hour in collaboration with WHO on April 7, 2011 (Thursday) from 2:00 PM onwards. The Faculty members, residents and paramedical staff members of institute are going to be sensitized. The topics to be covered under this sensitization program are as follows:
1. Need to formulate Antibiotics Protocol for any hospital
2. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – current concepts
3. Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) – an emerging pathogen
4. Extended Spectrum beta Lactamases (ESBL)- understanding the culprits
5. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter – Pan-drug resistant pathogens
6. Formulation of Antibiotic Protocol for GMCH, Chandigarh
The topics have been kept in view of the interest of clinicians the hospital. In this three-hour programme, various issues on antibiotics are to be discussed at length in an open house. Therefore, the antimicrobial drug resistance – the theme of World Health Day 2011 – and its global spread, threatens the continued effectiveness of many drugs used today to treat infectious diseases. For World Health Day 2011, WHO will call on governments and stakeholders to implement the policies and practices needed to prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant microorganisms. You are requested to attend the programme.