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Dr K K Aggarwal

Dear Colleagues,

Unnatural deaths of VIPs
 
We have seen VIPs like Madhav Rao Scindia, Y.S.R. Reddy, Andhra Chief Minister dying unnaturally in plane crash and people like Giani Zail Singh, Rajesh Pilot, Sahib Singh Verma perishing in road traffic accidents. In a country where even the life of a VIP is not safe on the road, one can imagine the status and future of a common man. It is high time that the Government makes safety on the roads, train and aeroplanes, a priority.

There are speculations and reports from the US that Swine Flu may not allow the Human Flu to attack the population in the coming winter. The numbers of swine flu cases are likely to be more, with less cases of human flu.

Winter is a season where we as medical professionals will see more cases of uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, paralysis, depression, pneumonia, flu and dryness.

Please don't forget to caste your vote in the Delhi Medical Council elections which will be held on 4th October Sunday at Pusa Road.

And more in the subsequent issue .............

Regards
Dr K K Aggarwal

 


Swine Flu Update
PHARMA UPDATE
New Research
STOP AND PONDER
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
ECG Formulae
IPC Indian Penal Codes to Know
ORGAN TRANSPLANT
Listen to your heart 
Pratham Medicine
Conference Calendar

 

Dil Ka Darbar to Focus on Women Heart Diseases

Thursday 3rd September 2009 HCFI New Delhi: The forthcoming BSNL Dil Ka Darbar being organised by Heart Care Foundation of India on 6th September at Maulana Azad Medical College jointly with Health Department, Delhi Government and other NGOs will have a special focus on women and heart diseases.

Addressing a press conference here today Dr. K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr Vanita Arora, Sr. Consultant, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and Dr Simmi Minnocha, Sr. Consultant, Central Hospital, Faridabad said that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined in women including breast cancer. Normally, women are not supposed to get heart attack before menopause but now a days, ratio is 40:60 indicating a faulty lifestyle amongst women.

Being an Indian woman, is a risk factor for heart attack. A study from UK had shown that Indian women are 17% more prone to get heart attack than a local UK woman. Indian women are more prone to get obesity, fatty liver, diabetes and insulin resistance.

Earlier women used to prevent heart attack by indulging in regular walks, skipping, dancing and games like Kikli at ceremonies but now, most women are living a faulty lifestyle hooked to both active and passive smoking, having late nights with faulty diet heavy in white sugar, white maida and white rice.

It has been observed that heart attack in women is more serious, more fatal and less attended to. Chances of women undergoing angioplasty or bypass surgery are less than that of any man.

Star attraction of the press conference was presence of renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Ms Geeta Chandran, in red dress signifying danger of heart diseases on women. She said that smoking boosts the risk of stroke and that dancers can not perform if they smoked.

Facts about women and heart

Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity affect women and men, other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. For example:

  1. Metabolic syndrome  a combination of fat around the abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides  has a greater impact on women than on men.
  2. Mental stress and depression affect women's hearts more than men's.
  3. Smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than in men.
  4. Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels (small vessel heart disease).
  5. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for women 65 and older, it's the third-leading cause of death for women 25 to 44 and the second-leading cause of death for women 45 to 64. Women under the age of 65 who have a family history of heart disease should pay particularly close attention to the heart disease risk factors. Still, all women, of all ages, should take heart disease seriously.
  6. The most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it's not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. Women are more likely than men to have signs and symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:  Neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort; Shortness of breath; Nausea or vomiting; Sweating; Light-headedness or dizziness; Unusual fatigue. These signs and symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their main arteries, but also in the smaller arteries that supply blood to the heart a condition called small vessel heart disease.
  7. In some women, plaques build up as an evenly spread layer along artery walls, which isn't treatable using procedures such as angioplasty and stenting designed to flatten the bulky, irregular plaques in some men's arteries. For some women, drug treatment rather than angioplasty or stenting may be a better   option.
  8. Certain heart medications, such as clot-busting drugs thrombolytics) tend to be more effective in women than in men. Aspirin therapy benefits both men and women, but there's also a difference between men and women in the effects of aspirin therapy. In women,
    aspirin therapy seems to reduce the risk of stroke more than in men, while in men it reduces the risk of heart attack more than it reduces stroke.
  9. There are several lifestyle changes women can make to reduce your risk of heart disease:  Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week; Maintain a healthy weight; Quit or don't start smoking and eat a diet that's low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt.
  10. Some women at high risk of heart disease may also benefit from the use of supplements, such as omega-3  fatty acids.
  11. Today 1 in 2 women die of heart disease or stroke, compared with 1 in 25 women who die of breast cancer. 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year compared with 24 percent of men.
  12. Smoking by women causes almost as many deaths from heart disease as from lung cancer.
  13. Women with heart disease are more likely to die (5.6% of the women versus 4.3% of the men).
  14. One of every three deaths for women is from heart disease, only one in every thirty death is from breast cancer. Over 60% of women believe their biggest health threat is breast cancer but heart disease kills 6 times as many women as breast cancer. Most women do not  realize heart disease is a health threat.
  15. Women who smoke are two to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than a non smoking woman and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. Smoking also boosts the risk of stroke. Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than non smoking women.
  16. Women with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have heart attacks.
    Both women cardiologists who addressed the media appealed to the public to attend the Darbar in large numbers.

Acharya Dr. Sadhavi Sadhna Ji Maharaj, Chairperson, World Religions Fellowship for Religions said that Coronary Heart Disease is every woman's concern.

Sh Sanjay Sinha Jt GM (PR) from BSNLsaid that Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in women and BSNL has taken the responsibility to spread this message.

Dr P K Sharma MOH NDMC, Dr N K Yadav MHO MCD said that the survival rate following a heart attack is lower among women than men. Reasons for high mortality in women include differences in diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, reaction to drugs and age at the onset of the
disease.

Representatives from Maheshwari Club and Shree Cements Ltd were also present. 

Press Confrence on Dil Ka Darbar 2009

 

Swine Flu Update
DMC

Indian swine flu deaths top 100 

The victims to die of swine flu in India have crossed 100, with more than 2400 cases under its strain, health officials say. The new deaths have been reported from the states of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and the worst-hit Maharashtra. Deaths have now been reported in at least eight Indian cities, with the death toll highest in the city of Pune. So far Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of deaths (48) followed by Tamil Nadu (15) and capital Delhi (12). Last month, colleges and cinemas in Mumbai were temporarily closed because of fears about the spread of flu. The virus is thought to have killed more than 1,700 people around the world. H1N1 virus first emerged in Mexico in April and has since spread to many countries.

 

PHARMA UPDATE

FDA Approves Invega Sustenna for Acute and Maintenance Treatment of Schizophrenia 

The FDA has approved Invega Sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) extended-release injectable suspension for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults. It is the first once-monthly, long-acting, injectable atypical antipsychotic approved in the U.S. for this use. Janssen, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, will market Invega Sustenna in the U.S. Invega Sustenna was superior to placebo in improving positive and negative syndrome scale (PANSS) total scores in acute treatment trials and significantly delayed time to relapse vs. placebo in a longer-term maintenance study.

Source: American Psychiatry News August 2009

MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2009

Cimzia Now Available in a Prefilled Syringe For Adult Patients With Crohn's Disease

Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) is now available in a prefilled syringe for self-administration by patients with Crohn's disease. The new syringe is available to patients for subcutaneous self-administration once every four weeks after the initial dose and once a physician has provided instruction for proper use. The new syringe was designed by UCB in partnership with OXO Good Grips, a company dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday life easier. "We looked at a variety of unmet needs for Crohn's disease patients and found that many prefer a prefilled syringe when taking biologic medications," said David Robinson, vice president and general manager of UCB's Immunology Business Unit. "This newly designed, easy-to-use syringe, developed with a renowned consumer products company like OXO, will enable many patients to conveniently self-administer their therapy every four weeks." The new syringe provides a soft, nonslip grip on the flange, which allows patients to hold the syringe steady using various grip positions. The large, soft thumb pad on the plunger makes it easy for patients to push, and the rounded finger loop allows for easy removal of the needle cover. The Cimzia prefilled syringe is available exclusively for use with Cimzia. Cimzia is the only pegylated anti-tumor necrosis factor approved by the FDA for reducing the signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease and maintaining clinical response in adult patients with moderate to severe active disease who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy. Cimzia was also recently approved for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. - Based on a Press Release from UCB.

Source:Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News August 2009

 

New Research

Dil Ka Darbar

Tunnels concentrate air pollution by up to 1000 times

A study by Queensland University of Technology's International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health said road tunnels were locations where maximum exposure to dangerous ultrafine particles in addition to other pollutants occurred. The human health effects of exposure to ultrafine particles produced by fuel combustion are detrimental to the drivers as well as passengers. Effects can range from minor respiratory problems in healthy people, to acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) in people with existing heart complaints. Professor Morawska, a co-author said the study involved more than 300 trips through the four kilometers of the M5 East tunnel, Australia with journeys lasting up to 26 minutes, depending on traffic congestion. The pollution, at times, is up to 1000 times higher than in urban ambient conditions. It also said that drivers and occupants of new vehicles which had their windows closed were safer than people traveling in older vehicles and motorcycles etc.

The study highlights how governments need to deal with the air pollution levels inside the tunnel and removal of ultrafine particles in the outside environment.

Source:http://www.physorg.com/news170585437.html 

Hot chillies could beat heart disease, diabetes

Kiran Ahuja, an Indian researcher from University of Tasmania School of Human Life Sciences said it was possible that one day chillies would replace aspirin, or be combined with aspirin as a medication for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Aspirin has a nasty side effect, which causes stomach bleeding in patients. The research team is investigating the biological activity of two active ingredients of chilies: Capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin. And their work has shown that capsaicinoid chemicals have the potential to lower blood glucose and insulin levels, reduce the formation of fatty deposits on artery walls and prevent blood clots, minus some of the nasty side-effects of traditional medications. This work on blood coagulation follows Ahuja's earlier investigations that showed a potential role of chilli in prevention of diabetes and formation of fatty deposits on artery walls. The research could lead to chillies replacing or being used along with current medications for treating and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Source:http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=143197

Melons to keep BP under control

Nutrition experts from University of Texas-Southwestern say melons like cantaloupe and watermelon are particularly high in potassium, are good in lowering blood pressure.  They assert that one-fourth of a cantaloupe (kharbooza) contains 800-900 mg of potassium, roughly 20% of the recommended daily value. And two cups of watermelon contains nearly 10% of the daily recommended value. The US department of agriculture recommends that most adults get 4044 milligrams of potassium from food and beverages each day.

Source:http://idiva.com/bin/idiva/Melons-keep-bp-under-control

Researchers develop device to save babies

A fetal heart monitor developed by A.K. Mittra and colleagues, from the Manoharbhai Patel Institute of Engineering and Technology, Maharashtra, is a simple device comprising of a two-microphone system that could monitor fetal heart rate (FHR) when the mother is resting and asleep. It can save unborn infants in complicated pregnancies. Regular ultrasound monitoring of fetal development can spot some problems but too frequent ultrasound monitoring is associated with health risks. A serious drop in FHR occurs at night just before the pregnant woman lies down to sleep. This leads to lowering of her blood pressure and that of her susceptible fetal's heart rate. They have now developed a device based on two small acoustic sensors that can easily monitor FHR and feed the information to a wave analyzer in a bedside personal computer connected to the internet. The first microphone is attached to the mother's abdomen to pick up the sound of fetus' heartbeat. The second is attached at a reasonable distance to pick up ambient and bodily noise. Computer software can then subtract the 'noise' channel from the fetal sound to produce a 'wave' file that can be further analyzed for medical anomalies. The team points out that they have successfully tested their monitoring system on several women at various stages of pregnancy.

Source:http://www.samaylive.com/news/researchers-develop-device-to-save-babies/652015.html

High-dose therapy for liver disease not effective

Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a liver disease of the bile ducts. In this case, the term 'cholangitis' refers to inflammation of the bile ducts, while 'sclerosing' describes the hardening and scarring of the bile ducts that result from chronic inflammation. "Primary sclerosing cholangitis is a serious liver disease lacking an effective medical therapy," says Keith Lindor, M.D., Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and the study's lead researcher. Some studies have shown that the use of ursodeoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring bile acid, may be a potential solution for patients. But the research, however, showed long-term use of this treatment in high dosages was not suitable for patients. In this six-year, multicenter trial, 150 patients were enrolled in the study to determine the effectiveness of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in treatment of PSC. Seventy-six patients were treated with higher doses (28 to 30 mg/kg/day) of UDCA and 74 patients were given a placebo. Serious adverse events were more common in the UDCA group than the placebo group, which prompted researchers to halt the study. UDCA has been thought to be a possible treatment solution for PSC patients, but this trial indicates that the drug, used at this higher dose, is not helpful. PSC is a progressive disease that leads to liver damage and, eventually, liver failure. Liver transplant is the only known cure for PSC, but transplant is typically reserved for people with severe liver damage. PSC most often affects people in their 30s to 50s.

Source:www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090819110025.htm

 

STOP AND PONDER

Heart Care Foundation of India

Depression looms as global crisis

The World Health Organization says within 20 years depression will be the biggest health burden on society. The warning comes as the first Global Mental Health Summit starts in Athens, Greece. Reports show that poorer countries have actually more depression compared to richer countries. It also says most developing countries spend less than 2% of their national budgets on mental healthcare, whereas high-income countries allocate 200 times more than the former do. With the expectation that the burden from mental illness is going up and will continue to increase in coming years, Dr Saxena of WHO says societal attitudes towards mental illness need to change. It is as much of a disease as any other physical disease that people suffer from. People with it have every right to get correct advice and treatment of the same.

 Source:news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8230549.stm

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

World's smallest semiconductor laser heralds new era in optical science

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have created the world's smallest semiconductor laser, capable of generating visible light in a space smaller than a single protein molecule. This could squeeze light into such a tight space, allowing light energy from dissipating as it moved along, thereby achieving laser action. The achievement helps enable the development of such innovations as nanolasers that can probe, manipulate and characterize DNA molecules; optics-based telecommunications many times faster than current technology; and optical computing in which light replaces electronic circuitry with a corresponding leap in speed and processing power. Trapping and sustaining light in radically tight quarters creates such extreme conditions that the very interaction of light and matter is strongly altered, the study authors explained. This work could bridge the worlds of electronics and optics at truly molecular length scales. Scientists hope to eventually shrink light down to the size of an electron's wavelength, which is about a nanometer, or one-billionth of a meter, so that the two can work together on equal footing.

Omega

"The advantages of optics over electronics are multifold," added Thomas Zentgraf, a post-doctoral fellow in Zhang's lab and another co-lead author of the Nature paper. "For example, devices will be more power efficient at the same time they offer increased speed or bandwidth."

Boy conceived using new test born

The first baby conceived with the help of a new egg screening technique which could offer hope to women for whom IVF has repeatedly failed has been born. Oliver was born to a 41-year-old woman who had had 13 failed IVF treatments. The new screening method, developed in Nottingham, allows a rapid analysis of the genetic material in fertilized eggs to check for chromosomal abnormalities. Professor Simon Fishel, who led the team, said Oliver's arrival showed that the test could help couples who have repeatedly failed to become pregnant. Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization is used to screen eggs or embryos in an IVF cycle, evaluate all the chromosomes and select the most chromosomally normal embryos. Before an egg is fertilized, it ejects half of its own set of chromosomes to leave space for the chromosomes coming from the father's sperm. It's believed that two out of three women fail at each IVF attempt because of chromosomal abnormalities in the implanted egg. Up to half of the eggs in younger women and up to 75% in women over 39 are chromosomally abnormal. Two years ago US scientists announced that 18 women had given birth after having their eggs screened using a similar technique. But in those cases the subsequent embryos had to be frozen and re-implanted later. However, the Nottingham team can get the results back in 24 hours which means that the mother can undergo IVF in the same cycle of treatment.

Source:news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8232146.stm

 

ORGAN TRANSPLANT

Cardiac arrest casualties form valuable source of donor kidneys

Harvesting kidneys from non-heart-beating donors (NHBDs), where attempts of resuscitation after cardiac arrest have failed (uncontrolled NHBDs) resulted in 21 successful kidney transplants - a 10% increase in the transplantation rate - over 17 months in France. Dr Marie-Reine Losser, from the Paris Diderot University said, "Patients dying from sudden out of hospital refractory cardiac arrests may be eligible kidney donors. In the system we describe, the emergency services referred such patients to our institution under continuous ventilation and CPR. After death was certified, the kidneys were preserved while approval for donation was sought from the patient's next of kin". Between February 1st 2007 and June 30th 2008, 122 patients were referred to the hospital in this way, and 49 were found to be eligible for organ retrieval. The families of 15 of these patients refused consent for organ donation, in 12 cases in the absence of or contrary to the donor's previously expressed wishes. From the remaining patients, 31 kidneys were transplanted and at least 27 of these transplants were ultimately successful. According to Losser, the procedure raised ethical controversies in France.

Source: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090827192326.htm

 

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How much omega-3 fatty acid is 'just right' for optimal heart health

A team of scientists from France has found the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, that is required to prevent cardiovascular disease in healthy men. To determine the optimal dose of DHA, Lagarde and colleagues examined the effects of increasing doses of DHA on 12 healthy male volunteers between ages of 53 and 65. These men consumed doses of DHA at 200, 400, 800, and 1600 mg per day for two weeks for each dose amount, with DHA being the only omega-3 fatty acid in their diet. Blood and urine samples were collected before and after each dose and at eight weeks after DHA supplementation stopped. They found that a 200 mg dose of DHA per day is enough to affect biochemical markers that reliably predict cardiovascular problems, such as those related to aging, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.

Source: http://www.topnews.in/how-much-omega3-fatty-acid-just-right-optimal-heart-health-2208972

 
Healthy lifestyle simplest, best way to cut breast cancer risk
 
A study by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has found the strongest evidence linked to the risk of developing breast cancer is the yet the lifestyles of women. A healthy lifestyle, including keeping weight down, exercising for 30 minutes a day and limiting alcohol to a single drink a day, is the simplest and best way for women to cut the risk of breast cancer, the study said. The research came to the conclusion after showing that more than four out of ten cases could be prevented if women exercised, limited their alcohol intake and maintained a healthy weight. Breastfeeding also helps to reduce the risk of developing the disease, the scientists at Imperial College London said.

Source: www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-103155.html

Experts urge wider folic acid use

Women of childbearing age have been urged to take folic acid supplements, even if they are not planning a family. Its advice targets all sexually active women of childbearing age because of the numbers of unplanned pregnancies. Folic acid prevents spina bifida and children born with brain damage. Children born with spina bifida are often paralysed from the waist down and can suffer lifelong spinal cord, bowel and bladder problems. Research suggests up to 75% of cases could be prevented by the mother taking folic acid three months before conception, and during pregnancy. The spinal cord develops within the first four weeks of pregnancy. Recommended dose is 0.4mg (400 micrograms).

Source:news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8232089.stm

 

First- Aid
Second Degree burns 

What to do
  • Put the burned area in cold water (not iced) or apply cool-water compresses (a clean towel, washcloth, or handkerchief soaked in cold water) until pain subsides
  • Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel or other soft material.
  • Cover the burned area with a dry, non-fluffy sterile bandage or clean cloth to prevent infection.
  • Elevate burned arms or legs.
  • If the victim has flash burns around the lips or nose, or has singed nasal hairs, breathing problems may develop. Seek immediate medical attention.
Do not attempt to break the blisters.
Do not apply ointments, sprays, antiseptics or home remedies.
 
 
 
Jokes
 
Listen to your heart
Take a walkWeek lesson

 

 
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Pratham Medicine

 The First Themometer (Medical) was invented by Thomas Allbutt in 1867.

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ECG Formulae

Heart Rate

Sinus Bradycardia

A sinus rhythm of <60/min is called sinus bradycardia. This may be a consequence of increased vagal or parasympathetic tone.

Impulses originate at SA node at slow rate

 

ECG

 
IPC Indian Penal Codes to Know

IPC 85

Act of a Person Incapable of Judgment by Reason of Intoxication Caused Against His Will

Nothing is an offence which is done by a person who, at the time of doing it, is, by reason of intoxication, incapable of knowing the nature of the act, or that he is doing what is either wrong, or contrary to law provided that the thing which intoxicated him was administered to him without his knowledge or against his will.

Comments

This code has many medico-legal implications. Doctors are often required to certify whether a person is intoxicated or not. A situation may also arise where a person may pretend to be intoxicated to avoid arrest. 

Clinical Tip

Relaxing the gag reflex

Gagging can be troublesome when you need to do a throat exam.

Have the patient blow out all the air in the lungs through the mouth. Then ask him or her to open wide and inhale very slowly (preferably) through the nose, but the mouth works too if the nose is congested). The patient will not gag as long as he or she is inhaling. Once the inhalation is stopped, the gagging often recurs.

 

Clinical

Conference Calendar

XIth Annual Conference of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India

October 23-25, 2009
Chandigarh
Email:info@pcsi2009.org

61st CSI Annual Conference

December 03-06, 2009
Kochi, Kerala, India
www.csi.org.in/conferences.htm
Focus: From Intervention to Prevention


ASICON 2009

LXVIII Annual Conference of Association of Surgeons of India
December 27-30 2009
Coimbatore
www.kovaiasicon2009.com

APICON 2010

65th Annual Conference of Association of Physicians of India

January 7-10 2010
Jaipur
http://cimindia.net/

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Delhi Medical Council Needs A Visionary Leadership  

Dear Colleagues,

                   The  medical profession in the country is passing through trying times. We are faced with the challenge  of positioning our country and capital city as the global capital of health. We are also faced with the reality of a society  more hostile, litigious and suspicious of the medical  profession. Every day one hears of assaults on the profession. Every hour we face the  increasing menace of quackery breathing down our necks. AND every minute we are facing the wrath of innumerable authorities unaware of the realities of the profession.

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) as the statutory body is responsible to provide protection to its members in discharging duties; ensure that no unqualified person practises modern scientific medicine in addition to receiving complaints form public against misconduct or negligence by doctors and take disciplinary action as deemed fit.

After the recent judgment by Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, it has become mandatory for Consumer Fora, Criminal Court and the police to first refer the matter to a compeptent doctor or committee of doctors, and only after that doctor or committee report that there is  a prima facie case of medical negligence can  notice be then issued to the concerned  doctor/hospital. Most of such cases are referred to DMC for opinion.

The  role of the DMC has thus become paramount.

 

With the elections for DMC already scheduled, we are now going to elect our next council for a five-year-term. It is in the interest of the medical profession and the society  at large to elect a dedicated team of professionals with  proven track record; vision and a pro-active and forward looking approach. It is these elected 8 representatives (plus 1 elected from amongst DMA members) who would represent you all and take care of the interests of the profession. 

Friends, we have been approached by innumerable colleagues in Delhi to field a team which fulfills the above. In all humility we offer ourselves to represent you in the DMC for the ensuing half a  decade. It is the under mentioned group of your representatives in DMA who have been responsible for the recent enactment of 'Delhi Medicare Service Personnel & Medical Service institution  (Prevention of Violence ) Act' by Delhi Assembly as well as the recent Supreme Court judgment protecting interests of Nursing Homes &  Medical Establishment in Delhi.

 

 

We Commit, that if elected we shall take care of the interests of the medical profession in Delhi to the best of our abilities.

 

Foremost amongst our AGENDA would be:

 

  1. To ensure that the DMC functions in a manner most transparent, positive and profession friendly.

  2. To Provide unstinted protection to medical professionals in  Delhi in discharging their professional duties.

  3. To root out the menace of quackery from Delhi by ensuring that no unqualified person  practies modern scientific system of  medicine.To adopt practical strategies for the above rather than keep making hue and cry on paper.

  4. To adopt  profession friendly strategies and prescribe a code of ethics for regulating the professional conduct of practitioners. To constantly update the profession  on issues: Legal, statutory, ethics-related which they must know.

  5. To fight for abolition of fees for Renewal of Registration in DMC.

The date of elections would be announced shortly. We shall also communicate the same to you. We look forward to your suggestions, and indulgence in this process. It's only our active indulgence today which would carve out a better future for all of us tomorrow.

Kind Regards 

Dr. Sanjiv Malik (mob. 9810026796)

 

Dr. Naresh Chawla (mob. 9811035060) 

 

Dr. Ashwini Dalmiya (mob. 9811542055)

 

Dr. K. K. Aggarwal (mob. 9811090206)

 

Dr. Chander Prakash (mob. 9810029000)

 

Dr. I. P. Dhalla (mob. 9810745433)

 

Dr. H. S. Kukreja (mob. 9810064847)

 

Dr. Vinod Khetarpal (mob. 9811054945)

 

Dr. Ramesh Dutta (mob. 9811086688)

 

 

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