GUWAHATI, June 8 � To address the issue of healthcare-associated infection � a major challenge in delivering quality patient care by the healthcare industry � a CME programme on �Hospital Infection Control� was held at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute under the initiative of Clinical Society, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) and the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologist, Guwahati chapter, on Saturday.
The programme was jointly inaugurated by Dr AC Kataki, Director, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, and Dr J Mahanta, former Director, Regional Medical Research Centre, ICMR, Dibrugarh, in the presence of Dr Naba Kumar Hazarika, Dr BK Das, Dr BB Borthakur and Dr J Dev Sharma.
Dr Kataki, in his inaugural address stated that indiscriminate use of antibiotics was causing drug resistance of common pathogens. �This has resulted in increase in treatment cost. Each and every hospital should have its own antibiotics policies. The guidelines for prevention of infection should be strictly adhered to by the healthcare provider,� he said.
Dr Kataki also laid emphasis on prevention of infection through immunization for individuals at risk/immune-compromised patients through commonly available vaccines.
Dr Rashmisnata Barman, consultant microbiologist, BBCI, and Dr Vandana Sinha, senior consultant anaesthetic and critical care specialist, Ayursundra Hospital, Guwahati, also deliberated on the subject extensively. The CME programme was attended by delegates from all over the State.