World Cancer Day Celebration 2018
Theme: “We Can, I Can”.
Date: 05.02.2018
Venue: Urban Health Training Centre, Civil Dispensary, Sector 38 and Anganwadi centre, Sector 38D, Chandigarh
Under the guidance of Dr. Kathirvel.S, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Urban Health Training Centre, Sector 38, Chandigarh celebrated the World Cancer Day in collaboration with Dr Harjeet Kaur, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Dispensary, Sector 38, Chandigarh. The celebration was observed at Civil Dispensary, Sector 38, Chandigarh.
The cancer awareness campaign was attended by 40-45 people and Dr. Kirtan Rana, (Junior Resident, Deptt. of Community Medicine, PGIMER) and Dr. Nitika (Senior Resident, Deptt. of Community Medicine, PGIMER) delivered the educational messages. Doctors discussed about the increasing burden of cancer in India, risk factors for cancer, and danger signs of cancer through audiovisuals. For screening of these cancers, picture is very bleak as we do not have any guidelines for screening of these cancers at national level. For this, the people were told about the self examination of oral cavity and breast. To decrease the chances of cancer, people were encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle (exercise and reducing weight) and fruits and vegetables consumption. Furthermore contribution of alcohol and smoking in cancer development was also discussed. Doctors talked about breast cancer and cervical cancer and how Chandigarh women are grappling with this.  The people were also told about the Asha jyoti van, a philanthropy initiative meant for screening of female cancers, which comes to Sector 38 every Thursday and Friday. The role of HPV vaccine in cervical cancer was also discussed. The campaign ended with vote of thanks.
Training on HIV/AIDS and ART for nursing students
A five days training program on HIV/AIDS and ART  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.