December 2006

Lecture on learning disability

Rotary Mysore has organised a talk by Dr. Prema Rao, Associate Professor in Language Pathology, AIISH, on 'Learning disability in children' on the 28th December 2006 at 7 pm at the Rotary Centre on JLB Road.


In view of the shortage of at least 6,000 anaesthesiologists in the country, the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists' (ISA) will be setting up a College of Anaesthesians, said Dr. B. Radhakrishnan, President of the Society.

He was speaking at the 54th annual national conference of anaesthesiologists held at JSS Dental College in city yesterday.

"The Society will be opening the college with private participation, producing a few thousand anaesthesiologists every year," Dr. Radhakrishnan said and added that anaesthesiologists were not to be found in the hospitals in rural areas and hilly terrains, by which more than 60 per cent of the rural populace are affected by this.

"The scarcity of experts is not restricted to anaesthesiologists alone, but in other fields of medicine too. The experts' service is restricted for the benefit of urbanites alone," he said and emphasised the need to extend the same to rural areas also.

"We strongly oppose the Government's move to introduce an 18-week crash course in anaesthesiology," he said and opined that it would not produce qualified anaesthesiologists. "Instead, the seats in PG courses must be increased, by which the scarcity of experts will be overcome to some extent," he felt.

Dr. P.S. Prabhakaran, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, speaking on the occasion, said that 600 different medical institutions came under the purview of the University. "But the cause of alarm is that none of the institutions concentrated on research," he said.

He exhorted the medical students to conduct more research works and also urged the teaching faculty to divert more attention towards research works.

Medical Education Minister Dr. V.S. Acharya, who was to be the chief guest of the function, was conspicuous by his absence.


A one-day workshop was held in JSS Medical College premises today as part of the four-day 54th National Conference of Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists — ISACON 2006.

The conference will be inaugurated at 5.30 pm tomorrow by Dr. V.S. Acharya, Minister for Medical Education. About 4,000 delegates from India and abroad are taking part in the event.

Dr. B.D. Satyanarayana, Medical Superintendent, Krishnarajendra Hospital inaugurated the workshop this morning, in which about 600 delegates participated. Dr. K. Veerabhadrappa, Medical Superintendent, JSS Hospital, was the chief guest. Dr. B. Radhakrishnan, National President, Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists presided.

The theme of the workshop was: "Ventilation, pain and difficult airway" and conducted by Dr. Ghedoo, Chief Anaesthesiologist, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. U.S. Ravindra, Professor, 'Kshema', Mangalore and Dr. Chandrashekar, Krishnarajendra Hospital, Mysore.

Organising Secretary Dr. P.N. Vishwanathan and Treasurer Dr. Sanjit were present.


Mysore Race Club Charitable Eye Hospital has good news for those who have lost their eye-sight and are in search of eye-donors.


The programme of administering pulse polio vaccine has been arranged in the District on January 7 and 11, 2007.

The above information was disclosed by Dr. P.K. Srinivas, District Health and Family Welfare Department at a recent meeting to review the pulse polio programme, chaired by Deputy Commissioner S. Selvakumar. Area awareness campaign will be done door-to-door for three days in the urban areas and two days in the village.

Mysore City Corporation will draw an action plan with the help of its Health Department and discharge the total responsibility for implementing the programme in the city. The medical staff of the Corporation will extend the needed support, said Dr. Srinivas.

Totally 1,280 vaccine administering centres will be set up and 5,465 workers will take part in the programme, for which 205 supervisors will be appointed, he added.

In the context of increased polio attacks observed in North India, the Deputy Commissioner has requested the public to ensure that all children below five years of age are administered the vaccine. The Health officer requisitioned 152 vehicles from the Transport Department. Senior officers of other departments were present at the meeting.


A hi-tech mobile dental unit was donated to JSS Dental College and Hospital by The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Club of Mysore Midtown at a function held on Dec. 11 in the college here.

District Governor Rtn. S. Sadananda Chatra, Rotary International, District 3180, handed over the mobile dental clinic keys to B.N. Betkerur, Executive Secretary, JSS Mahavidyapeetha.

Dr. B. Nandlal, Principal, JSS Dental College welcomed and explained the facilities availble like conventional and cosmetic fillings using high speed drill and removal of dental deposits using ultrasonic scalers operatable through compressor, various surgical procedures like extraction, X-Rays and other treatments for complete oral rehabilitation that can be rendered to the public through mobile dental clinic.

Rtn. Dr. Bheemesh, presided. Rtn. S. Bhanuchandran, Rtn. Raghavendra, Rtn. M. Azeezulla and other Rotarians of Rotary Mysore Midtown were present.

Dr. C.V.K. Reddy, Vice-Principal, Professor and Head, Department of Community Dentistry, explained the oral health programmes conducted by the department for school children, destitute homes, orphanages, old age homes, slum-dwellers and general public. The existing peripheral centers are at Medar block and Central Jail in Mysore while centers at Suttur, Gumballi and Thithimathi serve the rural community, he said.

He thanked Rtn. S. Sadananda Chatra, District Governor, Rtn. Dr. Bheemesh, President, other Rotarians of Mysore Midtown and especially Rotary International for this humanitarian gesture. He also thanked Past President Rtn. Azeezulla and Rtn. Ramakrishna who were responsible for contacting the Rotary International for matching grants and making the dream a reality.

CME programme

Dr. C.S. Dawn's NARCHI and Indian College of Maternal and Child Health (ICMCH), Mysore Branch, will conduct Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme at Srinivasa Maternity Home, Shivaji Road, N.R. Mohalla on Dec. 15 at 3.30 pm. Dr. Subrataa Dawn, General Secretary of NARCHI and ICMCH, Kolkata, will be the chief guest.


The programme of administering pulse polio vaccine has been arranged in the District on January 7 and 11, 2007.

'Raging controversies in modern medicine'

Dr. Ramesh Ranganathan, consultant Neurosurgeon, will speak on 'Raging controversies in modern medicine' at the clinical meeting to be held on Dec. 15 at the Conference Hall of Apollo BGS Hospitals in city at 4 pm.


The Government order granting autonomy to Mysore Medical College (MMC) will be issued before December 14th, announced Dr. V.S. Acharya Minister for Medical Education.

The Minister was speaking after inaugurating MAA "Utsav' on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of MMC Alumni Association in the Platinum Jubilee Auditorium here yesterday.

The autonomy was being granted to the college as well as Krishnarajendra Hospital, its teaching hospital, either on Dec. 13th or 14th, he said adding that although the autonomy was to be granted earlier, the order got delayed because the date for the Chaumndeshwari by-election was announced in the meanwhile.

Recalling the fact that the college earned its autonomy largely due to the untiring efforts of Dr. Raghothama Rao, the former Principal, the Minister explained that in spite of the Government considering the issue of autonomy to the college even when Siddharamaiah was the Deputy Chief Minister, the decision got postponed at the last moment because the then Government lost power.

Speaking to reporters after the function, the Minister explained: "Once the college gets autonomy, it will have no restriction on taking decision relating to recruitment of the required personnel, purchase of equipment needed for research as well as raising the standards of
teaching and also develop-mental programmes. However, the onus of making good use of the autonomy entirely will be on the college".

Autonomy would greatly help in generating revenue and strengthening the institution financially. He was confident that the MMC would make progress by overcoming the various short-comings bugging the institution at present and offer services of higher quality to the
public, the Minister said.

After autonomy was officially granted, Dean-cum-Director would be appointed as the head of the institution and even his name would be mentioned in the government's order, the Minister disclosed, adding that in the next two years or so, the other teaching hospitals in the State would also be granted autonomy according to their merits.

Dr. Kantha S. Jadhav, retired Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Dr. B.C. Vastrad, Principal, MMC, Dr. Kolar N. Murthy, an NRI doctor were the chief guests. Dr. C. Rajan, Secretary of Alumni Association and Dr. M.S. Kempe Gowda, Treasurer were present.