Thursday, January 24, 2013

How to make India healthy: Giving up greed

I had discussion with a cook in a government hospital who is working for last 25 years. He hesitantly elaborated that everyday almost all workers of the kitchen take away eatables to their home such as milk, oil, sugar, butter, eggs, vegetables, etc. I was shocked to learn on the first minute and then realize that this is rampant throughout the country starting from Politicians to sweepers. This is based on the greed. Government resources are diverted to those places where they are already plenty and resource poor places remain poor just because of greed. Office stationary, cars, petrol, powers etc are used for home works. Funding agencies are promoting corruptions by asking 10% to 30% of cut. Not everybody is corrupt and many Robin Hoods are present in the society. But why there is need of such system where we do something which we do not justify and rationalize. Kitchen is vital component of a hospital. If this function well then suffering poor can get good and nutritious food. This can help them to understand the importance of healthy and balanced food.             

Climatic Change challenges the sustainable health and development

Climatic change occurring today tends to be responsible for global warming, thus affecting the human health. Such situations are affecting the health epidemiology. New diseases are emerging and known diseases are re-emerging in areas where it was not so common, earlier. This demands huge resources to sustain the health indicators. The challenge is unpredictability of disease occurrence and emergence of new risk factors to public health.Focus should be on reduction of consuming resources. More environment friendly technologies need to be developed by all sectors of development and public health specialists should be ready with their wisdom, dedication and tools to control any epidemic and prevent suffering and deaths caused by climatic change.

Authors: Jugal Kishore, Nishu Chaudhry. Journal of Energy, Environment & Carbon Credits.

Impact of Climate Change on Habitat and Health 2012; Special Issue: 7-10.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

1st International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Health

1st International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Health with apt theme of “International Collaboration and Capacity Building” scheduled on 1- 2 March, 2013 in New Delhi, the National Capital of India. The theme of the ICOEH 2013 is based on the deliberation that there is a need for enhanced International participation to know and mitigate the gaps in the academia (e.g. research and training), profession (e.g. medical, safety, industrial hygiene, engineering), regulators and service providers and to build the contemporary capacity of all the stakeholder. The aim of this conference is to provide the stepping stone in reducing the disparities among the developed nations who have taken care of many of the Occupational and Environmental Health issues and the developing countries like India, where much is yet required to be done.

This conference will be the appropriate platform to deal with the following topics sketched for the two days of the conference:
• Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Conditions and Diseases
• Technology and Infrastructure for Assessment and Diagnosis of Diseases
• Technology and Infrastructure for Health Hazards / Risk Assessment and Management
• Preventive and Promotive Methodologies in Occupational Health
• Polices, Legal Framework and Standard Operating Procedures
• Occupational Health in Informal sector

Panel Discussion:
Prioritizing opportunities for International collaboration & Capacity Building

Pre-conference workshops:
The conference is hinged by two pre-conference workshops, which will be rewarding to the participants for the topics covered, and the contents delivered by the International faculties.

1. STOFFENMANAGER: Management of Chemical Exposures, Simple and Cost Effective Solutions (By NIOH, South African Faculty)

2. On-site, Off-site Disaster Preparedness (By First Response, Australian Faculty and National Institute of Disaster Management, India)

Dr. Jugal Kishore
Chairman, Scientific Committee
Conference Secretariat, 
Room No. 337, Pathology Block, Dept of Community Medicine, 
Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi Gate, New Delhi
Mobile: +91-9582792331
Dr. Ashish Mittal,
Organizing Secretary, ICOEH 2013
Mobile: +91-9313054881, +91-9910045636

Determinants of Current Smoking Behaviour among Third Year Nursing Students in India: Results from Global Health Professional Student Survey (India)

Health professionals serve as role models to their patients and public at large. Smoking among health
professional would have negative impact on community members. Global Health Professional Student
Survey (GHPSS) indicates health professional students including nursing students do smoke. But the
factors affecting smoking behaviour are yet to be explored. This study examined GHPSS (2007) to identify
factors encouraging smoking among nursing students. Results suggest that male gender, higher age, non
teaching about smoking hazards were major determinants of smoking. The study suggested that the
teaching about smoking hazards should be made mandatory in nursing schools.

Keywords: GHPSS, Nursing student, India, Smoking
Authors: Jugal Kishore, Pratap Kumar Jena, Sagarika Das, Chandan Bandyopadhyay, Indrani Banerjee