National CME on Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship at KIMS

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Infections acquired in healthcare settings are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide. In an attempt to spread awareness among healthcare workers on “Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship”, the Department of Microbiology, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) organized a National CME on the subject through hybrid mode. 

The CME was inaugurated by Prof (Dr.) Chinmay Bijay Kumar Mohanty, Pro VC, KIMS; Major Gen. Dr. (Prof) Pradeep Kumar Pattnaik, Director General of KIMS Group; Brig. Prof. A.P. Mohanty, Principal of KIMS; and Prof. (Dr.) J. Jena, Professor and HOD – Department of Microbiology and Chairman of the Organizing Committee,

The academic session commenced after the welcome address by Prof. (Dr.) J. Jena and the inaugural address by the dignitaries. The 1st session of the CME which focussed on “Healthcare Associated Infections” was chaired by Prof. (Dr.) S.S. Panda, HOD, Department of Medicine, and had two eminent speakers – Prof. Manisha Biswal of PGIMER, Chandigarh and Dr. Bijayini Behera, Additional Professor of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.

The theme of the 2nd session was “Antimicrobial Stewardship”. It was chaired by Brig. Prof. A.P. Mohanty, Principal, KIMS. The speakers of this session were Prof. (Dr.) Padma Das of AIIMS, Raipur; Dr. Suneeta Sahu, Senior Consultant, Clinical Microbiology, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar and Dr. Nipa Singh, Associate Professor and Infection Control Officer, KIMS, Bhubaneswar.

The programme ended with the vote of thanks delivered by the Organizing Secretary of the CME, Dr. Nipa Singh. Around 136 online delegates and 60 offline delegates attended the CME.

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