Diabetes is major non communicable disease responsible for significant morbidity and mortality.

Globally, an estimated 422 million adults are living with diabetes mellitus, according to the latest 2016 data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Diabetes prevalence is increasing rapidly; previous 2013 estimates from the International Diabetes Federation put the number at 381 million people having diabetes. Today diabetes is leading cause of blindness, amputation and coronary heart disease and stroke.  It also significantly contributes for hypertension and bad cholesterol. India contributes one fourth of world diabetes patients. Purpose of organizing this quiz is to increase awareness and generate interest in young budding Doctors.

RSSDI Punjab Chapter is Organizing RSSDI QUIZ-2018 for interns of Punjab Medical Colleges. All Medical Colleges from Punjab  are participating in this quiz (Rajindra Medical College-Patiala, PIMS Hospital - Jalandhar, Adesh Medical College- Bathinda, Baba Farid Medical College- Faridkot,  DMC- Ludhiana, CMC- Ludhiana, Guru Ram Das Medical College-Amritsar  , Govt. Medical College-Amritsar).

This Quiz will be conducted in two steps: 1. Preliminary Round (MCQ), which has been conducted by the medical college level between 15th &  18th  Jan 2018.  We have received entry of 4  selected students , from each college for  final  Audio Visual rounds.

Audio Visual Final Round, will be going to held on 10th February, 2018, at LT-1, PGIMER, Chandigarh, from 1:00-2:30PM, On the same day before the final round of quiz , A lecture will be delivered on “ Diabetes a Global Challenges” from 2:00-2:30PMby  Prof Anil Bhansali, HOD ,Endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh. This round will be focused on various aspects of Diabetes like history, pathophysiology , diagnosis and management of diabetes.



Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has declared 4th February as WORLD CANCER DAY. The theme for this during 2016-2018 is “I Can We Can”. The Department of Radiotherapy, Regional Cancer Center, PGIMER, Chandigarh celebrates this day every year to spread awareness. This year, the Department is spreading awareness through posters and encouraging people to speak up and join hands to fight cancer.


 Training on HIV/AIDS and ART for nursing students

 A five days training program on HIV/AIDS and ART w.e.f 29.1.18 to 3rd Feb 2018 was organized by Dr Sandhya Ghai, Principal, NINE, Dr Kavita Narang and Ms Neena Vir Singh for B.Sc. Nursing interns and B.Sc. Nursing (Post-basic) final year students so that they are trained for creating awareness about the prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as opportunistic infections and to develop skills in the treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS. The program was inaugurated by Prof Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh.  Prof. Jagat Ram talked about the gravity of the disease and the role nurses have to play in prevention of disease, treatment and care of the people living with HIV.  He also told that HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far.  In 2016, 1.0 million people died from HIV related causes globally.  There were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016 with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in 2016 globally.  54% of adults and 43% of children living with HIV are currently receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART).  
Dr Sandhya Ghai highlighted the magnitude of  HIV/AIDS worldwide including India.  She said that India has the third largest epidemic in the world and around 2.1 million people are living with HIV.
While discussing the historical background of this Training Program, Dr Sandhya Ghai mentioned that India was provided funds –
-For the training of 90,000 nurses and strengthening institutional capacity of 55 nursing institutions in India during 2008-2013 which was further extended till March 2015.
-NINE entered, as sub-Sub-Recipient (SSR), into an agreement with RAK, College of Nursing, New Delhi (the Sub-recipient) in 2010 for implementation of the program with an aim to strengthen implementation of quality care to patients with HIV/AIDS & Tuberculosis which was funded by Global Fund through Indian Nursing Council.  
-We successfully completed 5 years as SSR centre in March 2015.
-Under this project, training on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis was provided to a total of 1103 Staff nurses, 288 ANMs, 302 Nursing Teachers, 144 Teachers of ANM from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
-In addition to that, three Nursing Superintendent meets were also organized in which 124 Nursing Superintendents from Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal participated and they were sensitized regarding this training.
-Since then we are providing this training to our passing out B.Sc. Nursing (4 yrs & post Basic) students.  M.Sc. nursing students undergo online training started by INC.  
Key affected populations in India are sex workers, men who have sex with men, hijra/transgenders, substance users who inject intravenous drugs, migrant workers, truck drivers.  
The topics covered during the training program were  HIV/AIDS epidemiology, diagnosis and disease progression; Prevention of HIV;  HIV/AIDS & nurses’ role; Stigma & discrimination; Prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) and Pediatric HIV; Infection control and post exposure prophylaxis; Introduction to anti-retroviral therapy; Symptomatic management of opportunistic infections;  Sexually transmitted infections; Counseling for PLHIV; Bio-safety: PEP protocol;   Palliative care, complementary therapies and counseling for PLHIV.  
Dr Sandhya Ghai apprised that nursing personnel are liable to contract disease in the process of providing care to patients, these students will also be educated for protecting themselves as well as others from transmission of disease to them. 
She further highlighted that with enhanced knowledge and skills provided  by nursing faculty, who are master trainers, nursing students would be able to provide effective and comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care support and treatment.
Dr Sandhya Ghai, Principal, NINE discussed the challenges faced by nursing students in the care of patients with HIV.  The students brought out quite many challenges which were discussed in the group.   Dr Sandhya Ghai planned to discuss the problems and solutions thereof with the authorities for better management. 
The Training Program concluded with distribution of certificates to the participants.