A two-day international emerging infectious disease conference was jointly held by Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital and The Ohio State University in the city from December 1-2, 2018.
India is suffering with the burden of infectious diseases. In the last decade, there has been an outbreak of new infections and increase in the mortality rate. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide and a major threat to our food supply and natural resources. Dengue, tuberculosis, plague, leptospirosis among others have seen an accelerated growth and a leading cause of concern in our society. There is an urgent need to increase the awareness about these diseases.
The international emerging infectious diseases conference was conducted to create awareness and more insight about the management these diseases. The conference was held to understand the new evolving challenges in our country and the western world. The resurgence of old diseases like malaria, leptospirosis among the others are now posing a new threat in our country and other continents. A worldwide collective effort is the need of the hour to contain this new threat. The objective of the conference is to exchange ideas and collectively help tackle the new emerging threats.
This two-day international conference was indeed an enlightening one. The stalwarts of the medical fraternity – infectious diseases specialists of India & Ohio State University, USA came forward to exchange great ideas, approaches, challenges & way forward. The conference was inaugurated by US Consul General Edgard D Kagan. The conference had more than 200 delegates including doctors consisting of senior consultants, and postgraduate students across the country. Speaking about the conference, Dr Rajendra Patankar- COO, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said, “India has seen a rapid growth of infectious diseases in the last few years. Preventing them from growing at this pace is the need of the hour.
The infectious disease conference is a great platform to discuss the increasing infectious diseases in India and develop strategies to mitigate it. This also has an impact on the productivity of our country.”
The academic interactive collaboration was a great endeavour in tackling the deadly infectious diseases in a holistic pattern, open new arenas, give inputs to research and ultimately benefit the mankind.
Speaking at the conference, US consul general Edgard D Kagan emphasized, “The United States is a partner for a world better protected against global health threats posed by infectious diseases where we can detect, prevent, and mitigate the impact of outbreaks and the release of dangerous pathogens.”
Speaking at the Conference, Dr Abhay Satoskar – professor, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, said, “The faculty at the Ohio State University are involved with discovery of novel tools and technologies for prevention and control of many infectious diseases that pose a threat globally. This conference provides a platform for researchers from USA, India and other regional countries to come together to combat emerging infectious disease threats worldwide”.