MAHE organizes National Level Infectious Diseases Conference in alignment with G20 India Health track’s priority area of AMR

March 29, 2023

Manipal 26th March 2023:
Manipal Center for Infectious Diseases, Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education in association with Departments of Medicine, Community Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal organized 4th National Level Infectious Diseases Conference. This conference was in alignment with the G20 India Health track’s priority areas namely Health Emergencies Prevention, Preparedness and Response with a focus on “One Health” and “Antimicrobial resistance.” The conference addressed SDG 3 (Good Health), SDG 4 (Quality Education), and SDG 17 (Partnership for Goals)

The Infectious Disease conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr Ramasubramanian, President of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Society of India and Consultant Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. Dr Sathish Rao, Directorate of Research was the guest of honor. Dr Ramasubramanian highlighted the latest changes in the treatment of tuberculosis including both for sensitive and drug resistant forms of TB. In the era of global travel, Dr Priscilla Rupali, Professor of Infectious Diseases at CMC Vellore talked about illnesses related to travel and their prevention. Dr Neha Mishra Consultant Infectious Diseases at Manipal Hospital Bangalore focussed on combating infections with Antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Dr Rajalakshmi, Consultant Infectious Diseases, KIMSHealth, Trivandrum talked about Infectious Causes of Cancer and their preventive aspects. Dr Kavitha Saravu, Professor and Head of Infectious Diseases at KMC Manipal & MACID Coordinator moderated the interesting case discussions about infections in children with weak immune system, bacterial and parasitic infections in adults.

24th March is observed as World TB Day. TB is the leading infectious cause of death globally. In 2021, 10.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.6 million died because of TB. Six countries accounted for 60 per cent of the total burden, with India accounting for 27 per cent of the global cases. The emergence of severe forms of drug resistant TB has worsened the situation. Multidrug-resistant (MDR-TB) refers to TB that is resistant to rifampicin and isoniazid, two of the most critical first-line antibiotics used to treat TB. MDR-TB is a big concern in some parts of India. The theme of the World TB Day 2023 is “Yes, We can End TB”. With appropriate use of molecular tests, active screening for TB in vulnerable populations along with prompt treatment with all oral TB medicines, India aims to eliminate TB by 2025.

The conference concluded with an interesting quiz by Dr Praveen Tirlangi and Dr Shivdas Rajaram Naik where 9 teams battled it out. Dr Helmut Brand, Director of Prasanna School of Public Health was the chief guest for the valedictory function. Dr Kavitha Saravu, Head of Dept of Infectious Diseases was the convener of the conference. Dr Ram Bhat, Professor of Medicine was the Chair of the scientific committee and Dr Ashwini Kumar Head of Dept of Community Medicine and Dr Raviraj Acharya Head of Dept of Medicine were the organizing chairpersons. Dr Sneha Mallya, Associate Professor of Community Medicine proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Cynthia Amrutha, Associate Professor of Medicine and Dr Eshwari Associate Professor of Community Medicine compered the program