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PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES IN NORTHERN COMMAND


Udhampur (J&K),The inaugural ceremony of the continued Medical   Education (CME) Public Health Challenges in Northern Command was held today at Udhampur under the aegis of Command Hospital Northern Command.  The Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda presided over the proceedings. The event started with the welcome address by Maj Gen M K Unni,  MG Medical, followed by the address by the Army Commander. The Army Commander brought out that Public Health is of great importance and is extremely relevant in the area of responsibility of Northern Command as troops face diverse challenges of extremes of environment, tough terrains and combat stressors. He was pleased that this continued Medical Education (CME) would address all these issues and come out with tangible solutions.
Inaugural ceremony was marked by lamp lighting by dignitaries, invocation song and dance by staff of Command Hospital Northern Command . The vote of thanks was delivered by Maj Gen Bipin Puri, Commandant Command Hospital Northern Command.
The inaugural scientific session was marked by key note addresses. The key note speakers of the continued Medical Education (CME) included Maj Gen K Chauhan (Retd) and Maj Gen Velu Nair who spoke on “Public Health: Perspectives of the past and prospects for future” and “Plot behind the clot: Venous thrombosis at high altitude” respectively.
There was an exhibition laid out which included presentation of equipments of DRDO including Defence Institute of Physiology and allied Sciences (DIPAS), Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) and Defence Research and Development Establishment  (DRDE) Gwalior & Defence Lab Jodhpur which including water treatment technologies, diagnostic methods for diseases and therapeutic preparations. There was a keen interest shown by delegates at these exhibition stalls.  
The session on “Mental Health” was marked by a panel discussion  which had experts from the Armed Forces and DRDO. This interactive session evoked a lot of interest and participation from the audience.  Lt Gen HJS Sachdev, Chief of Staff (COS) Northern Command summed up the panel discussion and closed his remarks by the age old saying  prevention is better than cure.

Post lunch session focused on high altitude, problems, practices and research. The speakers deliberated on prediction & prevention, acclimatization & ops and experience on reduction of high altitude illnesses. This was followed by deliberations by DRDO scientists on research for high altitude and role of nutrition in health at high altitude.
The conference will also continue on 08 Aug 2014 which will include sessions on Vector Borne Diseases, Environmental health and Non communicable diseases.