One death a minute. A quarter of the world’s cases. Thirty per cent of the burden of drug resistant tuberculosis. One million missing patients.
These are stark and sobering statistics, foreboding facts forecasting a murky and uncertain future in our battle against the ubiquitous acid fast bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
To spread awareness about this bomb ticking away in our society, the Lady Willingdon Hospital conducted a conference on continuing Nursing education that focussed on tuberculosis on the 11th of May 2019, to commemorate nurses day. Our nurses had organised the whole program which was a endearing mix of display of talent and current knowledge about the disease. Our honored chief guest was the Chief Medical Officer Kullu, Dr. Susheel Chandel. Invited dignitaries were the WHO Consultant for tuberculosis Dr. Ravinder Kumar, the Block Medical Officer Dr. Paljor, and the District Tuberculosis Officer Dr. Naresh.
A poster presentation on tuberculosis was adjudged and some teams of nurses felicitated for their service with awards presented to them by the dignitaries.
Our nurses put up meaningful dances, songs, and a street play which they had performed earlier on the Mall road in Manali, and also in various schools over the past week. Dr. Ravinder brought out current recommendations in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease and progress made including plans to tackle this scourge of our society. Dr. Philip narrated the experience of the Lady Willingdon hospital over the past fourteen years, bringing out real issues and areas of concern in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. Nurses from other colleges in the region participated in renewing their vows to the service of humanity, led by our Nursing Supervisor, Sr. Prabhjot Kaur. It was a very meaningful time.
Like all meaningful times, we had to finish with a sumptuous meal served by our intrepid cooks, who produced an eclectic fare including sepu vadi among other delights.
A very meaningful commemoration of a great bunch of people.
Happy nurses day!