Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases

Manipal Academy of Higher Education


World Malaria Day – 2018

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On the eve of World Malaria Day 2018 an awareness program was jointly organized by the Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases, Department of Community Medicine, KMC Manipal and Department of Medicine, KMC Manipal. Street play competition was organized for Students and faculty of Manipal Academy of Higher Education on the theme “End Malaria for Good”. 5 teams participated in the street play competition, UG MBBS students from KMC Manipal, Manipal College of Dental Science, and Department of Medicine these teams won first, second and third place respectively. The winning teams were asked to perform in different public places.

A half day continuing medical education (CME) program, was held on 25th April, 2018 in Interact lecture hall Gd, KMC Manipal which was attended by 120 faculty members, students and research scholars.

The CME was inaugurated with the brief address by the Chief Guest, Dr Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. He spoke about the open drains in and around Udupi which contributed to mosquito breeding and suggested that researchers and others concerned to bring this to the notice of government authorities. Dr Pragna Rao, Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal was the Guest of Honor who addressed the gathering, and called for involving undergraduate students in such awareness activities more and develop them into more responsible doctors and citizens. Dr Manjunatha Hande, Professor and Head, Department of Medicine welcomed the gathering. Prizes were distributed to the winners of Street play competition. Dr Divya Pai, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine proposed the vote of thanks. Miss Ashwini PG Student of Community Medicine hosted the event.

The first session began with Diagnosis of Malaria by Dr Chethan Manohar, Professor of Pathology, KMC Manipal. She stressed on the basics of diagnosis of malaria such as microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests. In the second session, Dr Kavitha Saravu, Professor and Unit Chief of Medicine, KMC Manipal and Joint coordinator MAC ID, MAHE, Manipal spoke about Perils and Pitfalls of Management of Malaria. She called for high index of suspicion for malaria in endemic areas, timely accurate diagnosis by quality assured tests and responsible prescribing by the providers.

The last 45 minutes was Panel Discussion held on Opportunities & Challenges to Malaria Control in Coastal regions. The panel discussion was led by Dr Ashwini Kumar, Additional Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMC Manipal and the panelist were Dr Premanand, District Malaria officer, Udupi, Dr Animesh Jain Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Mangalore, Dr Shashikiran Umakanth, Professor, Department of Medicine, Dr TMA Pai Hospital, Udupi and Dr Shrikiran A Hebbar Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, KMC Manipal. Panelists discussed about the challenges of vector control, G6PD deficiency, and management. They deliberated upon the measures Srilanka followed to be successful at eliminating malaria and the methods currently introduced in Mangaluru City Corporation. Panel also suggested various solutions such as keeping 24 x 7 laboratory support at least during malaria transmission season at public hospital, increasing the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN), especially among migrants and construction workers, monitoring the use of bed nets, DOTS for malaria patients and improving the surveillance of malaria akin to the methods employed in Mangalore with malaria surveillance apps and quickly deploying measures to decrease the transmission in malaria hotspots.

World TB Day - 2018

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Department of Community Medicine, Pumonary Medicine, Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases (MAC ID) and District Health Society (TB Division) Udupi District organized 6 days (19.03.2018 to 24.03.2018 from 2 to 5 pm ) sensitization programme for Faculty Post Graduates, Interns and Nursing Staff of ten TB managing departments on “Recent changes in Technical and operational guidelines of RNTCP” held at KMC Manipal. 128 Faculty members, 111 Post Graduates and Interns and 54 Staff Nurses attended the programme. Dr Ashwini Kumar Nodal officer RNTCP gave brief note on evolution of TOG 2016 and need for following standard uniform mode of diagnostic methods and treatment of tuberculosis.

Invited speakers were Dr. Somashekar N, Sr.TB Specialist, NTI (National Tuberculosis Institute), Bangalore, Dr. Arjun S Nayak Manel, In charge of DR-TB centre GWH Mangalore and Asst. Prof. Dept. of General Medicine, KMC, Mangalore. Dr. Deepu Changappa, National TOT, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, YMC, Mangalore.

And internal speakers were:
Dr. Ashwini Kumar Nodal officer RNTCP, Additional Professor Community Medicine, KMC Manipal
Dr. Rahul Magazine, Prof & HOD, Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, KMC, Manipal.
Dr. Kiran Chawla, Prof & HOD, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal.
Dr. Kavitha Saravu, Prof and Unit Head, Dept. of General Medicine, KMC, Manipal and Joint coodinator of Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases, MAHE, Manipal
Dr. Muralidhar Varma, Associate Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, KMC, Manipal.
Dr Vishnu, Associate Professor of Microbiology, KMC Manipal
Dr. Amitesh, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, KMC, Manipal.
Dr. Vyshak U S, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, KMC, Manipal.
Dr. Sadhana N Holla, Dept. of Pharmacology, KMC, Manipal

The topics discussed were TB case finding, laboratory diagnosis of TB, treatment algorithms, MDRTB algorithms, Adverse drug reactions in tuberculosis, and how to protect health care workers from tuberculosis. Validictory function was held on 24.03.2018 commerationg world TB day. Dr Pragna Rao, Dean KMC Manipal, District TB officer Dr Chidanand Sanju, HOD pulmonary Medicine, Community Medicine, Microbiology and MAC ID In charge were present.

Symposium on “Optimizing Antibiotic use in Hospitals”

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A full day Symposium on “Optimizing Antibiotic use in Hospitals” was organized by Departments of Microbiology and Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore in collaboration with MAC ID, Manipal Academy of Higher Education on 18th November 2017 in Medical Education seminar hall, Light house hill road, KMC, Mangalore.

Symposium was inaugurated with a brief address by Dr Venkataraya Prabhu M, Dean, KMC, Mangalore. He appreciated this new venture and also expressed his happiness that MAC ID programmes are being conducted in Mangaluru campus too. He shared his thoughts about how judicious use of antibiotics will go a long way in preventing antibiotic resistance development. Over 36 junior and senior residents, Associate professor and professors from Medicine, Microbiology and Pharmacology attended the program.

The sessions began with Principles of antimicrobial therapy by Dr Chakrapani M, Associate Dean, Professor of Medicine, KMC Mangalore. He stressed on the fact that the clinical progress and patient should be given priority during treatment. In the second session, Dr Suchitra Shenoy M, Associate Professor, Microbiology, KMC spoke about Interpretation of antibiogram. The participants were introduced to the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and how they can be detected in the laboratory. She gave a brief on how to choose the appropriate antibiotic in ideal situation.

Dr Sheetal Ullal, Associate Professor, Pharmacology, KMC Mangalore briefed the participants about the PK- PD, MIC and dose optimization of antibiotics. During the interaction she gave them a few hands on calculation to be done. After lunch break, Dr Basavaprabhu A, Associate professor, Medicine, KMC Mangalore, discussed about dosage adjustments in special populations. He stressed on the points in renal or hepatic impairment and drug interactions.

The last one and half hour was Panel Discussion held on 9 different infectious disease cases. One or two cases was given to each table and discussed on all aspects the participants had been learning that day. Finally the session was concluded by certificate distribution to participants and resource persons by Dr Chakrapani M, Dr Vidyalakshmi Prof and HOD, Microbiology, KMC, and Dr Shrikala Baliga Prof in Microbiology.

World Pneumonia Day – 2017

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On the eve of World Pneumonia Day 2017 an awareness program was jointly organized by the Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, and Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal. Poster competition was organized for Students and faculty of Manipal University on the theme” Stop Pneumonia: Invest in Child Health” and were displayed in the outpatient department of Kasturba Hospital. Informative displays regarding prevention, risk factors for pneumonia in multiple locations in the hospital. Furthermore, students of Manipal College of Nursing presented Educational skit in the hospital for patient awareness on “Pneumonia”, which was well appreciated by patients.

A half day continuing medical education workshop (CME), was held on 15th November, 2017 which was attended by 100 faculty members, students and research scholars. Dr Helmut Brand, Director of Prasanna School of Public Health was the Chief Guest and Dr (col) M Dayananda, Medical Superintendent& COO of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal was the Guest of Honour. CME speakers, Dr. Shantharam Baliga (Professor of Pediatrics, KMC Manipal), Dr Swati Ragagopal (Consultant- Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore), highlighted various Pneumonia topics. The CME commenced with talks on Pneumonia in Children: The Road Ahead and Community Acquired Pneumonia in Adults: The Burden, Evolving Trend & Case Management followed by a panel discussion on Prevention of Pneumonia: Are We Doing Enough? Quiz competition for post graduates was organized by Dr Suneel C Mundhkur on “Respiratory Infections”. Finally the session was concluded by a vote of thanks by Dr. Edward Leslie, professor of Paediatrics, KMC Manipal.

Other public awareness activities held were a Health Issue Article in Arogyavani (local newspaper) on “Pneumonia” by Dr Sneha Deepak Mallya (Dept of Community Medicine, KMC Manipal), Dr Kavitha Saravu (Dept of Medicine, KMC Manipal), Interview and call in program in the regional television on “Pneumonia” by Dr Kavitha Saravu on 18/11/2017 and radio talk on Childhood pneumonia by Dr Suneel C Mundhkur, Professor of Paediatrics on 15/11/2017.

Manipal Infectious Diseases Conference & MAC ID Annual Day, 2017 – 22nd & 23rd August, 2017

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The two-day conference on Infectious Diseases organised by Manipal McGill Centre for Infectious Diseases (MAC ID), along with Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College Manipal, McGill Global Health Programmes and T.M.A. Pai Endowment Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Implementation research, which concluded here recently, discussed a whole gamut of issues related to infectious diseases. Detection, diagnosis, outbreak, investigation and other related matters came up for discussion by speakers both from India and overseas.

A statement issued by MAHE said that the conference, attended by close to 200 faculty members, postgraduate students and researchers, was inaugurated by H. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, MAHE.

Chandrasekar, Chief of Infectious Diseases from Wayne State University, Detroit, delivered the keynote address on recent advances in the diagnostics of fungal infections for earlier diagnosis to reduce mortality.

Madhukar Pai from McGill University, Montreal, spoke about the need for an Essential Diagnostics List. Such a list could be helpful in improving patient care, detecting outbreaks, increasing affordability of tests, reducing out-of-pocket expenses for tests, reducing antibiotic abuse and guiding research and development of new diagnostic tools, he said.

Symposium on Drug resistant Tuberculosis 2016– 21st December, 2016

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On 21 Dec 2016, MAHE organized a symposium on drug-resistance TB. TB is the leading infectious cause of death globally. In 2015, WHO estimated that there were 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. Six countries accounted for 60 per cent of the total burden, with India accounting for 27 per cent of the global cases. Over 2.8 million new TB cases occur every year and TB kills nearly 900 people every day in India. The emergence of severe forms of drug resistant TB has worsened the situation.

Our key note speaker for the CME was Dr DJ Christopher, Professor& Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore spoke on Advances in treatment of DR-TB. We also had Dr Anurag Bhargava, Prof of Medicine from Yenepoya Medical College who spoke about Nutritional Interventions for TB & Dr Madhukar Pai, Director McGill University, Canada, spoke on Diagnosis of DR-TB: Recent Advances and followed by Panel Discussion on protecting healthcare workers from TB.

World AIDS day - 2016

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On the eve of World AIDS Day -2016 an awareness programme was jointly organized by Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal McGill Centre for Infectious Diseases and Rotary Club, Kaup at PKS High School Kalathoor and Vidyavardhaka High School, Pangala . About 90 and 65 students participated in the program respectively. An educational film HIV/AIDS was shown to them.

Awareness posters were displayed in Kasturba Hospital Manipal and educational materials were displayed in HIV clinic for both patients and health care professionals.

Dr John Ramapuram, MAC ID Core Committee Members organized CME on HIV - UPDATE 2016.

Tropical Medicine – Update 2016 - 30th November, 2016

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The CME was jointly organized by the Departments of Microbiology & Medicine, Kasturba Medical College Mangalore and Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore on 30th of November 2016. The key note speaker for the CME was Dr Michael Libman, Director McGill University, Canada. He spoke mainly on salient aspects of Leishmaniasis and on newer diagnostic modalities in parasitology. Dr Anurag Bhargava, Prof in Medicine from Yenepoya Medical College covered some of the important outbreaks of Scrub typhus and its salient features & Dr Kavitha Saravu, Prof in Medicine, KMC, Manipal spoke on the diagnosis & treatment of Malaria in adults. The guest lectures were followed by three interesting complex cases conducted by the final year postgraduates of Medicine Department.

MAC ID Inaugural Symposium 2016

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With the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 13th August 2016, the Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases (MAC-ID) was launched in Manipal, with an aim of fostering research and training collaborations in the field of infectious and tropical diseases between MAHE, India and McGill University, Montreal, Canada. In his inaugural address Dr Bhat declared that the research output of the Center should be aimed at three levels, namely to inform the peers in the scientific community, guide the policy makers and provide health literacy to enlighten the public for the betterment of health.

The launch event was marked by an inaugural Symposium which addressed infectious diseases topics such as antimicrobial resistance, diagnosis of acute fevers, and molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. It brought together over 180 interested faculty, students and research scholars in a platform conducive for active interaction with experts in epidemiology and infectious diseases.

Invited Lectures -2018

Infections in Immunocompromised host: Talk by Dr Cedric Yansouni

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Dr Cedric yansouni is Associate Director of the J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada

Dr Cedric provided a case-based approach to infections in immunocompromised hosts. He discussed the manifestations and treatment of selected life-threatening opportunistic parasitic infections, especially strongyloidosis.

Implementation strategy to improve the Impact of rapid blood culture diagnostics: Talk by Dr Ritu Banarjee

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Dr Ritu Banarjee is Associate Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

Many strategies and technologies are available to improve blood culture (BC)–based diagnostics. The ideal approach to BCs varies between healthcare institutions. Institutions need to examine clinical needs and practices in order to optimize BC-based diagnostics for their site. The optimal diagnostic test or implementation strategy needs to be individualized for each institution, based on unique microbiology, local prevalence of resistance mechanisms, antimicrobial prescribing patterns, and antimicrobial stewardship activities. Dr Ritu Banerjees talk reviewed the evidence that rapid testing together with antimicrobial stewardship interventions provide more favorable outcomes than rapid testing alone, and will provide examples of implementation strategies for BC diagnostics that have been effective in some US institutions.