CHANDIGARH,15.11.18-
Training program for Govt school teachers of Chandigarh UT on Oral Health

On the occasion of Children’s day, Oral Health Sciences Centre, PGIMER in collaboration with Indian Dental Association(Chandigarh State Branch) organized a School Teachers’ Training program for all the Govt. schools of Chandigarh UT on 15th Nov 2018. Mr. Rubinderjit Singh Brar (Director School Education, Chandigarh UT), Prof. A Rajwanshi (Dean Research, PGIMER), Prof K Gauba (Head, OHSC, PGIMER) & Prof Ashima Goyal, (President IDA Chandigarh State Branch) inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp. Mr. Brar addressed the gathering comprising of 120 school teachers from all the Government Schools of UT Chandigarh, by highlighting the need of the program and emphasizing the role of teachers in promotion of oral health among school children. He also emphasized on inculcating healthy oral habits among children at an early age.

Prof K Gauba discussed about the Identification, Causes, Prevention and Management of Common Dental Diseases of Children. He said that majority of school going children suffer from some or the other kind of oro-dental disease and this disease pattern should be addressed at the school level itself. Prof. Ashima Goyal told that teaching proper brushing technique and intelligent use of sugars is critical in preventing majority of oral diseases.The training program included a practical demonstration of tooth brushing technique and emphasis on self-examination of oro-dental diseases by Dr Arpit Gupta, Asst. Professor, PGIMER. An expert panel discussion was held and tobacco related habits among children was brought into focus. Measures were suggested, so that young children do not fall prey to this tobacco habit.The program concluded successfully as the knowledge score of the teachers increased by 42%. Dr. Sachin Rai, Secretary IDA apprised that the association is committed to organize such programs on a regular basis. The Oral Health Sciences Centre at PGIMER is always at the forefront of community oral health care activities and is running a dedicated unit for prevention and control of oro-dental diseases among children. It is successfully running a school oral health program targeting approx. 150 schools of Raipur Rani area in Haryana for the past 3 decades. Recently as part of its community preventive program, the centre has accomplished application of Fissure sealants in 5000 molars among 6-12 year old government school children of Chandigarh under the aegis of National Oral Health Program, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

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“Distinguished Medical Scientist” from Yale University visits PGIMER and decides to collaborate with the institute

Prof. Vinetz Joseph delivered a Special Lecture on “Modern Approaches to Regional and Global Malaria Elimination” today at PGIMER.

Dr. Vinetz Joseph, Professor of Medicine, Section of Infectious Medicine, School of Medicine, Yale University has been appointed as “Distinguished Medical Scientist” for the Prof. PN Chhuttani Chair at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh.

Dr. Joseph is a Professor of Infectious Diseases at Yale University, USA and also Research Professor in the Faculty of Lima, Peru. His research in global health and infectious diseases is problem-based and applies fundamental laboratory approaches. He tries to bring cutting edge science to enable infectious disease control and elimination, with particular focuses on malaria, brucella and leptospirosis, the three diseases also endemic in India. He carries his field work in Peru, both in the capital city of Lima and the Amazon city of Iquitos. His laboratory takes a comprehensive approach of laboratory to bedside, translating mechanistic molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and cell biology approaches to control malaria, leptospirosis and other infectious diseases. His research has been continuously funded since 2001 by National Institute of Health, USA, and by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund/Culpeper Scholarship, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Earlier he visited Medical Microbiology and Parasitology Departments of PGI, interacted with faculty members and students of both departments. He emphasized the need to develop good hypothesis to plan successful research protocol in infectious he also had a long discussion with Prof. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh on collaboration and desired outcome of his visit. After long deliberation, the following decisions were taken.

  1. He would help PGIMER, Chandigarh to develop Infectious Disease super-speciality course. The course would be run jointly by Internal medicine and Microbiology departments.
  2. Like Lima program he would help he would help in developing community based tropical disease program for PGI. The departments of Internal Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology, Community medicine, Paediatrics would participate in this program.
  3. PGIMER and Dr. Joseph jointly would explore the possibility of exchange programs with Yale University, USA to train the student in tropical and infectious diseases