SIUT holds seminar on prevention of infection

Dr. Nizam Damani an internationally known expert on infection control has called for stopping of inappropriate use of antibiotics by medical practitioners as the community at large may soon develop resistance with no alternate remedy in the near future.

Dr. Damani who is a senior Consultant at the Infection Prevention Control Unit of W.H.O in Geneva was speaking at a two-day seminar on infection prevention and control organized by SIUT.

Dr. Damani who is a former graduate of Dow Medical College is currently a part of W.H.O decision making team on infection control dwelt with two major topics with global perspective which included proper use and stewardship of antibiotics and importance of infection control in providing quality medical care.

Discussing the overall health scenario in developing countries he said there is a need of proper sanitation, hygiene and infection control not only in hospitals but also at community level.

WHO official in his presentation deeply regretted that infection control system in developing countries including Pakistan is in pitiable condition.

He reminded that infection control is an integral part of patient's safety and quality care in developed world. The importance of hand hygiene is paramount in curtailing cross infection.

SIUT as a premier tertiary care institution of the country with several specialties has offered its services to become a hub institution for control infectious diseases declaring infection control on W.H.O. guidelines as high priority agenda. The other speakers who spoke included Dr. Shamim Khan from King's College London who made a presentation on infection control for transplant patients. Dr Tahir Aziz of SIUT, Dr Shehla Baqi from Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi Dr Faisal Mahmood of Aga Khan University, Dr Asma Naseem, Dr Sunil Dodani and Dr Ali Nadeem all from SIUT discussed various aspects of infection control.