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Friday, May 23, 2008

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Government Rajaji Hospital doctors perform a rare surgery

Mass removed from an infant

Done with no loss of blood

No damage to tear gland or face

MADURAI: A team of doctors successfully removed a polyp (mass), by performing a functional endoscopic sinus surgery with no loss of blood, on a 23-day-old baby boy at the Government Rajaji Hospital here on Thursday.

The 90-minute surgery is termed “rare and risky” as it had to be performed on a newborn. The infant was born to Ramesh Kannan of Dindigul and Devi at Sholavandan GH with a congenital birth defect of bleeding ‘Haemangiomatous’ polyp.

The baby was transferred to the sick neonatal unit of the GRH from where it was referred to the Department of Otolaryngology by P. Amutha Rajeswari, of neonatal ward.

A team of surgeons led by K.R. Jyothikumar, Professor and Head, Department of Otolaryngology, and comprising assistant professors P. Rajasekaran, J. Azhaguvadivel and T. Sivasubramanian, and anaesthesiologists A. Raja Manoharan, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology, S.C. Ganesh Prabhu, and M. Kalyanasundaram, Assistant Professors, swung into action.

A biopsy of the polyp was done to find out if it was ‘angio fibroma’ (angio fibroma is a vascular (blood vessel) tumour which might lead to erosion of the surrounding bone and, if left untreated, the disease could cause facial deformity, proptosis (eye-bulging) or blindness).

Considering the age and nature of the patient, struggling to breathe with blocked upper airway, doctors decided to remove the polyp through endoscopic excision.

According to Dr. Raja Manoharan, administering anaesthesia to the baby with blocked upper airway was a risky proposition. However, the anaesthesiologists successfully managed the respiration of the child.

“In conventional surgical procedure, the nasal wall will be incised to remove polyp in which the risk of ‘lacrimal duct’ (tear duct) getting damaged is higher. Besides, the loss of blood will be more and the patient has to live with a permanent scar on face. But this procedure does not cause any damage to tear gland or face,” said Dr. Rajasekaran.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Unite For Sight Volunteer Abroad Opportunities:

Currently accepting applications for 2008 and 2009.

Unite For Sight Volunteer Abroad Opportunities: As Featured Weekly On CNN International and Recently in The New York Times

Volunteer Abroad in Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring:


How Do I Apply? The application as well as complete details about Unite For Sight's international opportunities are available at

Who Is Eligible To Volunteer Abroad?: Volunteers are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Volunteers range from undergraduate/college students to medical and optometry students, public health students and professionals, business students, filmmakers and photographers, nurses and nursing students, social workers, physician's assistants, teachers and educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Unite For Sight welcomes volunteers who may not have previous health or eye care experience. Volunteers receive all necessary training from Unite For Sight so that they are able to assist eye doctors with community eye outreach programs. Unite For Sight also welcomes volunteers to participate as photographers and filmmakers.

What is Unite For Sight's Mission? Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.

Unite For Sight's work to prevent blindness and restore sight is featured weekly on CNN INTERNATIONAL from September 2007-August 2008.

What Do Volunteers Do?: Volunteers receive hands-on clinical experience while assisting doctors in remote, rural villages. Volunteers learn about international health and eye care, learn clinical skills while working with patients and doctors, and, in one program location, have an opportunity to practice cataract surgery on a goat's eye.

The goal of Unite For Sight and its partner eye clinics and communities is to create eye disease-free communities. Unite For Sight’s volunteers (local and visiting) work with partner eye clinics to provide eye care in communities without previous access. The eye clinic’s eye doctors and Unite For Sight volunteers jointly provide community-based screening programs in rural villages. The clinic’s eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for surgery. Patients receive free surgery funded by Unite For Sight so that no patient remains blind due to lack of funds. Volunteers immediately see the joy on patients' faces when their sight is restored after years of blindness. These memories last a lifetime.

While helping the community, volunteers are in a position to witness and draw their own conclusions about the failures and inequities of global health systems. It broadens their view of what works, and what role they can have to insure a health system that works for everyone and that leaves no person blind in the future.

What Do Volunteers Say?:

“During my volunteering experience, I realized that Unite for Sight’s service is a campaign for the salvation of humanity that allows the light of compassion to shine through each of us. I believe it is this display of altruism and commitment that makes the organization’s service so virtuous and treasured by both volunteers and patients. After all, making a difference in the world is not so difficult if only one would care enough to sacrifice a part of oneself in order to change the world for the better. My experience as a Unite for Sight volunteer has inspired me to dedicate my future career to serving underprivileged communities around the world.”—Chiwing “Jessica” Qu, Yale University Undergraduate Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Chennai, India

"I can honestly say that everything I learned in 3 years of medical school paled in comparison to the 3 week experience I had in Accra (Ghana) in October 2007 as part of Unite For Sight. The program provides volunteers with a unique and hands-on involvement – being able to help out to the level of your training and comfort. My experience taught me that Ghanaian people are the friendliest people I have interacted with anywhere in the world, that ordinary people involved with Unite For Sight are making extraordinary differences, and that sitting in a classroom receiving a world-class education cannot match real life experiences while volunteering."--Varun Verma, UMDNJ Medical Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Accra, Ghana

"While in Ghana, I worked with an ophthalmologist (Dr. James Clarke), two eye nurses (Robert Dolo, Kartee Karloweah), an assistant (Bismark Boryor), and a coordinator (Seth). Working with the Unite for Sight team on these outreaches in service to these wonderful people of Ghana was the single most rewarding work I've done in my life. The people of Ghana are some of the friendliest and most thankful of anyone I have ever met. Overall, the experience has changed the way I view the world, my own country, and my role in the world forever. The only way to understand the way 4/5 of the world lives is to go yourself and get involved. The staff I worked with that are the heart and soul of Unite for Sight in Accra were some of the brightest and hard working individuals I have ever met. They are accomplishing feats few ever accomplish in their lives, and I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with them and now call them my friends. I look forward to future work with Unite for Sight as an Ophthalmologist. The task at hand in Ghana, and I'm sure in all of Unite for Sight's locations throughout the world, is enormous. The more people that get involved, the more accessible services will be to these wonderful people. Plain and simple, the more we help, the more people can see the world they live in!”—Brian Fowler, Medical Student at University of Virginia, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Accra, Ghana

Hundreds of volunteer narratives, volunteer diaries, as well as videos of alumni volunteers and partner eye doctors are available on the Unite For Sight website:

Sunday, May 4, 2008

MCI Recognition

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to Centre, all states, and Medical Council of India (MCI) on a plea seeking direction to the authorities to ensure that the medical institutes do not grant specialised postgraduate degrees which are not recognised by the MCI and other government bodies or do not admit students to such courses.

The petition challenged non-recognition of the specialised postgraduate courses in MD/MS/Diplomas despite the fact that government medical colleges through affiliated universities award such degrees.

A bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice RV Raveendran also sought replies from the UGC, UPSC , National Board of Examinations and various state public service commissions on a petition filed by 56 medical practitioners whose postgraduate degrees awarded by the various government medical colleges were not recognised by the council and other government bodies.

Senior Counsel RS Sodhi and advocate Monika Gusain appearing for the petitioners said, while the universities and government medical colleges are awarding postgraduate medical degrees to doctors, the other state instrumentalities like PGIMER , Chandigarh and Union Public Service Commission are not recognising such degrees.

It is the duty of the MCI to supervise that all the degrees being awarded by all the medical colleges across the country are recognised, said petitioners.

“Majority of the MS/MD degrees awarded by the government medical colleges in India are not recognised by the MCI though the government medical colleges awarding such degrees are at the time of inception given recognition by the MCI,” said the petition.

“If the Medical Council de-recognises institutions, courses or seats, then it means that those institutions, those courses or those seats as the case might be, are not fit for churning out qualified doctors. There has to be a check on these institutions suffering from deficiencies so that they do not admit students or grant them degrees who have inbuilt and hidden incapacity and inadequacy and which would forever in future be of definite danger to the citizens of India at large,” said the petition.

The petition added that the problem of awarding of unrecognised medical degrees and diplomas by the universities is prevalent throughout the country. These unrecognised medical degrees are a common feature in almost all the medical specialities and the main reason for such prevalence seems to be failure of MCI to keep vigil on the proliferating medical education in the country.

The petitioners said that when they entered into correspondence with their respective college authorities, they were told that their postgraduate degrees were recognised. But after applying for the jobs, they were not allowed to appear for the interview. It clearly amounts to inconsistent stands of various government bodies on the issue, submitted petitioner doctors.

Petitioner Dr Mukesh Yadav, MD in Forensic Medicine from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, was not allowed to appear for interview by UPSC . Another petitioner Dr AK Singh MD (Forensic Medicine), MLN Medical College, Allahabad, was not permitted to appear for interview by BHU , Varanasi, stated the petition, citing many such examples.

The petition sought direction of the apex court to the MCI to furnish details of all the degrees being awarded by all the medical colleges of the country and details of degrees and colleges not recognised by the MCI, UPSC and other government bodies.

Panel recommends one-year mandatory rural service for medicos

Suggests a stipend of not less than Rs.10,000 a month

CHENNAI: Any medical student who wants to apply for a postgraduate course will have to complete a year’s service in a rural area, the Sambasiva Rao Committee, constituted to examine the possibility of introducing compulsory rural service for medicos, has recommended.

The Hindu has learnt reliably that this aspect is the key recommendation made by the committee, which submitted its report to the Union Health Ministry over a month ago.

Ministry officials said the report clearly stated that anyone who wanted to apply for a postgraduate degree in medicine (or any specialities) in any institution — private or public — within the country would have to put in a year’s service in a rural area.
Without a certificate attesting the one-year rural service, students’ applications for any postgraduate course would not be considered, sources in the Ministry added.

The committee has also recommended that the students be paid a stipend of not less than Rs.10,000 a month for the one-year period. icon_cry.gif

Further, the committee has also recommended that any medico wanting to join the government medical service would also have to put in one-year service in a rural centre — primary health centre, taluk level hospital and a non-taluk level hospital. They would be paid the same stipend and additionally, this one year would be counted as part of their service. This clause has been framed in order to provide an incentive to medicos to sign up for government jobs, officials said.

The Sambasiva Rao Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of R. Sambasiva Rao, former Vice-Chancellor, NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, after students protested against the Union Health Ministry’s suggestion that one-year rural posting be made compulsory after the five-and-a-half-year MBBS course. It was then stated that it was being done under the National Rural Health Mission project to augment the number of doctors in rural India.

Students, primarily in Tamil Nadu, began their protests in September last and later, went on a protracted fast in support of demands. They objected to lengthening the already extended MBBS course and said it would affect their career prospects.

The six-member panel, led by Mr. Rao, conducted public hearings in various medical colleges in about 20 cities and towns to elicit views of students, their parents and faculty members.

Officials added that the Ministry was perusing the recommendations and would take a decision in a couple of weeks.

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