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‘Role of armed forces crucial in relief operations, says Col HC Sharma

‘Role of armed forces crucial in relief operations, says Col HC Sharma

Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, along with DC Varinder Sharma, inaugurates a CME at Military Hospital in Jalandhar. A Tribune Photograph

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Jalandhar, May 13

With the new disaster threats developed since the World War II besides the traditional disasters need to be considered and dealt with as a challenge more effectively, the army medical corps held a Continuing Medical Education-cum-workshop on the disaster and trauma management recently at the military hospital here.Lieutinent General Dushyant Singh, Corps Commander, 11 Corps, inaugurated the two-day conference. Addressing the gathering, Gen Dushyant laid emphasis on the training of delegates for disaster preparedness.Also, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma spoke on the management of the district administration to deal with any natural disaster.While informing more, Col H C Sharma, Senior registrar of the Military Hospital said the contribution by armed forces is usually made under the official arrangement for aid to civil power, as laid down in the standing operating procedures. Moreover, the military forces have a history of effective disaster response.The armed forces can offer assistance to the victims with invaluable support in engineering, communications, transport, rescue, emergency medical services, field sanitation water supply and so on.“The flexible organisational structure, capability of sustained operation in all weathers and well-trained management system of the armed forces make them particularly well-suited for effective disaster relief operations,” said Col Sharma.He added that as army is the first to provide a cohesive response during a disaster, the conference will be of immense benefit to the delegates specially those directly involved in disaster related administration and trauma care.Event on medical negligence and assault on doctors at PIMSJalandhar: The department of Medicine and Forensic Medicine jointly organised a Continuous Medical Education (CME) event at the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Jalandhar under the aegis of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology.The CME was conducted under the Chairmanship of Dr HL Kazal (HOD) department of medicine and Dr Anju Gupta (HOD) department of forensic medicine and toxicology. The guest of honour for the event was commissioner of Police Parveen Kumar Sinha. The CME was inaugurated by the PIMS resident director, Amit Singh, Director Principal Dr Kulbir Kaur, principal secretary labour medical education and research Sanjay Kumar, along with PIMS society director Dr. Bimal Sekri, Dr Kapil Gupta (PMC), medical superintendent Dr. Kulbir Sharma, Dr HL Kazal and Dr Anju Gupta.Guest of honour CP Parveen Kumar Sinha highlighted that there should be a transparency between patient and doctor relationship. There should be a professional counselling for doctors in each hospital. He added that such cases should be immediately reported to the nearest police station and a special helpline can initiated for hospitals.Amit Singh (resident director PIMS) said the incidents like medical negligence and assault on doctors were key issues faced by medical professionals. He said in some of the cases, the kin of patients are so violent that they not only harm doctors but also destroy hospital properties. He added that the purpose of the CME is to throw some light on such issues and to stop violence against doctors.More than 300 delegates from various medical colleges and institutes attended the CME.