Aligarh: The Department of Community Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized an “Induction Training Programme of Epidemiologists” recruited under “Integrated Disease Surveillance Project” (IDSP) from January 4-16, 2010. The IDSP has been sanctioned to the Department of Community Medicine by the Government of India.
The inaugural function of the training programme was held in the Committee Room of Dean’s Office. Participants from 27 districts of U. P. are attending the programme while resource persons from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and different medical colleges of U. P. are participating in the programme to deliver lectures and conduct demonstrations in the field.
In her welcome address Prof. Zulfia Khan, Academic Coordinator of the Programme discussed the early warning signals of outbreak of an epidemic and suggested preventive measures to be adopted to control such communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Prof. S. Abrar Hasan, Dean Faculty of Medicine congratulated the staff of the department of community medicine for being selected as one of the two IDSP training centres in UP. Prof. M. Ashraf Malik, Principal & CMS, JNMC discussed the role of epidemiologists in decreasing the mortality indicators.
Prof. Najam Khalique, Medical Superintendent enlightened the participants on future strategy of the IDSP programme.
Integrated Disease Surveillance Project is a state based surveillance programme. With the help of this programme, any outbreak or epidemic may be anticipated early and subsequently appropriate measures will be taken in time to control it.
The programme will run to identify the communicable and non-communicable diseases such as Malaria, Acute Diarrhoeal Disease (Cholera), Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Measles, Poliomyelitis, Road Traffic Accidents) and to assess the magnitude of the problem, trend and distribution of the problem in the country in terms of time, place and person affected. Other main objective of this project is to find out measures for prevention and control of the problem.
Dr. A. R. Siddiqui and Dr. Ali Amir are trained nodal persons for the training programme. Dr. Iqbal M. Khan, Mr. Salman Khalil, Dr. Suboohi Afzal, Dr. Anees Ahmad, Dr. Saira Mehnaz, Dr. Uzma Eram, Dr. M. Salman Shah, Dr. M. Asif Khan, Junior Residents and the staff of the department of community medicine helped in the conduct of training programme.
Dr. Sakina Mushfiq conducted the programme while Dr. M. Athar Ansari, Chairman, Department of Community Medicine presented vote of thanks.