WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION AT HIMS
Just a single step in medical field can sometime benefit a number of people in many ways. On 1st Dec, 2015, World Aids Day, Lucknow Academy of Pediatrics along with Department of Pediatrics and Department of Medicine of Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Safedabad, Barabanki, India have taken such a step by organising a CME.
Theme for any event on Worlds Aids Day since 2011-2015 is “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths. This theme can only be achieved when all will unite together and will act even more boldly.
AIDS is a pandemic disease caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). By a few speeches and forum discussion related to AIDS, the basic aim of organising this CME was to generate awareness among one and all by one an all.
At the CME, speakers discussed the information related to AIDS with the medical and nursing students and other audience and have taken it as an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon was also that one way of showing concern and on the other hand, audience have patiently adapted the discussion with the motto of carrying it forward in future. All speeches had different valuable informations.
Dr. G.K. Tripathi (CMS), told various modes of transmission of HIV. He discussed that HIV is transferred from one to another either by infected needles and syringes, or from infected mother to child, or through unsafe sex, or through infected blood transmission. Apart from this, there is no other mode of transmission. He told that every health care workers should avoid needle prick injuries to avoid HIV transmission (use safety syringes); and in case a health care worker is accidently stuck by needle, one should not panic rather wash the site immediately with soap and hot water, avoid rubbing the site, contact your supervisor for support and proper documentation of the incident. Consider beginning a regimen of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as soon as possible, and receive follow up counselling and ongoing post exposure treatment until you and your doctor have completed all steps necessary to confirm the HIV status of the index case.
Dr. Utkarsh Bansal (A.P. Pediatrics), talked about HIV in children i.e., the perinatal transmission of HIV. He told that children are among high risk group and that there are various factors that can increase the risk of parent to child transmission which includes maternal, obstetrical, infant and feeding factors. A lady should undergo HIV test as soon as she conceives to prevent risk of HIV transmission to the baby. All HIV positive pregnant ladies should get lifelong Anti-Retroviral Therapy treatment to avoid the risk of transmission to their babies. Preferred mode of delivery is vaginal with ART cover.
He even asked to encourage the expected mother to go for regular routine checkup, HIV testing & ICTC counseling, as this will surely help to avoid various health problems both in mother and baby. For better health, an infant should be kept on exclusive breatfeeding upto 6 months of age.
Dr. Archana Srivastava (ICTC Counsellor), then talked about the National AIDS Control Organization and its guidelines. She cleared the fact that apart from the four reasons of HIV transmission. there is no other mode by which HIV can be transferred- like it does’nt spread by hugging, hand shaking, casual kissing, eating and drinking together and by sharing same towels, utensils and toilet etc. She highlighted the importance of routine HIV testing for all.
She even highlighted how goverment works for this. If any person is found positive, he or she is linked to ART(Anti-retrovial therapy) centre and if his/her CD4 count is less than 350 than medication is started. ART is provided free of cost by goverment.
She even talked about the Red Ribbon Express which was an AIDS/HIV awareness campaign train by the Indian Railways. The motto of this express is “Embarking on the journey of life”.
She told about the various symptoms of HIV and how HIV affects the person’s immunity and that weight loss is one of the most important symptom. She asked the audience to use condoms and be loyal to the partners, always use fresh needles, get the blood for transfusion only from approved blood banks. She asked the public not to make discrimination with HIV positive person and adapt the motto to fight against AIDS and not with the person suffering from it.
Mrs. Shenbegam (Nursing Principal) encouraged all the nursing students in the audience to adapt the knowledge which was provided by the speakers. She even told how nursing staff should treat a HIV positive person and what all precautions they should follow to prevent themselves from getting affected. She highlighted the importance of compassion in nursing care for all without any discrimination.
Dr. Neeraj Tripathi, showed practical steps of how to use a needle and thus how to avoid getting HIV transmission by needles.
Dr. A.K. Vaish and Dr. Jyoti Srivastava, chaired the event. According to them the CME was a small effort to meet the sustainable development goal target of ending the epidemic ( Getting to Zero) by 2020 by spreading awareness among society.
World Aids Day Celebration at HIMS was an opportunity for many faces ( medical and nursing students, the faculty of HIMS including Chairperson Dr. Richa Mishra, Director O.P. Singh, Principal Dr. M.D Tripathi, Dr R.R. Singh, Dr. Arvind, Dr. Abhishek, Dr. Smriti, Dt. Shaheen, Dt. Afreen, Dt. Hira, Dt. Archana and interns) to unite in the fight against the affects of HIV, to show their support for people living with it and to commemorate those who have died.
The whole CME was a grand success, everyone did an outstanding job and ended with a conclusion that “there is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS. However, with the right treatment, prevention and support, people can live long and healthy lives with HIV. To do this, it is especially important to take treatment correctly and deal with any possible side effects.”