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Hisicon -2019, Kolkata will bring together hundreds of Infection Control Practitioners , Clinical Microbiologists, Clinicians, Nursing Staff and Medical Students from across the country to discuss important issues related to the current applications and future in Infection Control. The conference will also provide a platform for dissemination and sharing of updated knowledge amongst professionals interested in the study of Infection Control and Microbiology in the country. There are many interesting topics and discussions which have been diligently carved and will be presented over three days by esteemed National and International faculty.
We are overjoyed to have the pleasure of welcoming you all to the City of Joy for the upcoming XVI-HISICON-2019 to be held from 12-15 th of September. We hope that this conference will be the meeting platform for all stakeholders who are working relentlessly to prevent and control infections in hospitalized patients.
With the exponential advancements in technical and scientific expertise in myriad branches of medicine comes the inevitable bane; more number of very sick, vulnerable and immunocompromised patients, who are prone to acquire and succumb to infections. The emergence of newer organisms as well as old organisms gaining strength as a result of incomplete or inappropriate therapy is an added challenge.
Indeed, we are at that crucial juncture in the history of mankind where our endeavors may determine the survival or annihilation of the human race itself! Our organization, the Hospital Infection Society-India has been working tirelessly to create awareness to this effect amongst doctors, health care workers as well as the common man. This annual conference is a small step towards charting out a future course of action by reviewing and discussing what we know and what we should know!
Therefore, we earnestly request all our colleagues in infection control to come and join us at Kolkata and enrich the conference through your enthusiastic participation. On our part, we pledge to make this conference a memorable experience for you all— much like the lingering taste of Nolen Gurer Rasagolla— both from the scientific as well as hospitality perspective.
Dr. Anuradha Agarwal
Dr. Sankar Sengupta
Indiscriminate use, misuse and abuse of antimicrobials in the hospitals as well as in the community have led to the emergence of extensively-drug resistant and even pan-drug resistant bugs amid a rapidly depleting resource of antibiotics, with very few new molecules in the pipeline. As a consequence, mankind is making a headlong plunge into the post-antibiotic era. Keeping this scenario in mind, the theme of XVI HISICON-2019 has aptly been chosen as:
With diseases like H1N1 influenza, MERS-CoV, Zika virus, Nipah virus causing havoc or looming to create disaster, and those like dengue, malaria, scrub typhus, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis and HIV infections refusing to budge, the medical community is engaged in a continuous combat with infectious diseases. And, it goes without saying that “Prevention is better than cure”. However, where infections cannot be prevented, we need to control the situation – like the problem of multi-drug resistance.
It is heartening to note that Hospital Infection Society of India has taken a commendable initiative in handling this problem, with its various chapters, including the Kolkata Chapter, carrying forward the endeavour with the right earnest.
As the Organizing Secretary of XVI HISICON-2019, let me cordially invite you all to this vibrant megapolis – the cultural capital of India, the city of Tagore, Satyajit Ray and Mother Teresa, a city of contrasts. Besides hoping to treat you with an educational feast, we also welcome you to savour the richness of Bengali traditions and customs, and, of course, the mouth-watering Bengali dishes and desserts in the City of Joy.
Dr. Bhaskar Narayan Chaudhuri, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist & Infection Control Officer, Peerless Hospitex Hospital & Research Center Ltd., Kolkata; Advisor, Microbiology & Infection Control, Fortis Hospitals, Anandapur, Kolkata; Organising Secretary, XVI HISICON-2019
When Alexander Fleming , in the summer of 1928 found his London lab bench contaminated with a mould called Penicillium notatum, he kicked off a new age of scientific sovereignty over nature. Since then, the antibiotics he discovered, he inspired have saved millions of lives and spared immeasurable suffering around the globe. But from the moment it started, scientists knew the age of antibiotics came stamped with an expiration date.
After years of use, antibiotics have progressively decreased their efficacy against infections. Antibiotic resistance is arguably the biggest current threat to global health. An increasing number of infections are becoming harder or almost impossible to treat, carrying high morbidity, mortality and financial burden. Scientists, after finding bacteria resistant to drugs, used when all other treatments have failed, warned that the world is in the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”
“A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill-far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the twenty-first century”
(WHO assistant director-general for health security)
Kolkata, India’s second biggest city, is a perpetually ongoing festival of human existence, concurrently luxurious and squalid, refined and frantic, pointedly futuristic, while beautifully in decay. A vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India’s Eastern Coast, the capital of West Bengal thrives on contradictions and imposing spectacles; nothing is commonplace in this city. Famously known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is, in every sense, the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. Kolkata’s streets are vivid, hectic, chaotic, and yet, brimming with life and creativity. Driven by the indomitable spirit of the self-made middle class, the city has created a beautiful juxtaposition of the old colonial-era charm with the nascent upcoming hipster culture that thrives amongst the city’s millennial residents
Formerly the capital of the British empire before the government was shifted to Delhi, Kolkata has a distinct tinge of its royal past lingering in every nook and cranny of the city. If you want to soak in some of the city’s regal past, take a walk along the streets of North Kolkata, which houses some of the oldest mansions in the city, swathed with vines and a persistent sense of aristocratic pride. Kolkata is home to Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house, which has now been converted into a museum and houses a staggering collection of family portraits and paintings. There are plenty of ghats all over the city where you can sit and enjoy a sunset while sipping on tea, one of the most noted of these being the Prinsep Ghat, which offers stunning views of the Vidyasagar Setu in the backdrop. Close by is Millennium Park, which is a beautified waterfront park from where you can avail boat rides and cruises.
Starting from admiring the flourishing art scene in the city to going on rewarding gastronomical explorations to wandering amidst the countless bazaars to sitting by the banks of the Hooghly and enjoying a peaceful sunset, Kolkata is soaked in layers and layers of heritage and culture, and peeling off each layer to look beneath the hood is a very rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience. As the famous quote goes, “If you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta”.
Kolkata has a very lively nightlife, and the entire stretch along Park Street houses innumerable bars and pubs where you can party the night away. Kolkata’s street food is famous all across the country, and the city is lined with eateries and food stalls at every corner, where you can savour local Bengali food, or try out local snacks such as Jhalmuri, or Ghugni Chaat.
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