Monday, September 14, 2009

‘New Horizons in Surgery’ at 5 Air Force Hospital

JORHAT, Sept 14: The 5 Air Force Hospital has been celebrating its golden jubilee this year. As a part of the year-long golden jubilee celebration programme and the current pace of advancements in the medical field, the hospital has been conducting Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes in various specialities at frequent intervals so that their patients have the benefits of critically evaluated and discussed modern knowledge. It is in this context that the CME on ‘New Horizons in Surgery’ is conducted at 5 AFH, AF on September 11 and 12. A total of 100 delegates attended the conference which is inclusive of service as well as civilian delegates. This CME also provided an opportunity to bring together some of the best minds of the country under the same roof to enable the surgeons to update their knowledge of recent developments in the various surgical sciences. The ensuing discussions are sure to stimulate and inspire the young doctors to know and practice the ‘state of the art’ procedures in various surgical fields.

Noteworthy that, 5 Air Force Hospital was raised as a 25 bedded surgical unit on January 1, 1959, following an air crash which brought the attention of the then Defence Minister, the lack of medical facilities in the region. The hospital had the proud privilege of treating the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai when his aircraft met with an accident in 1977. During Chinese aggression, 5 AFH was the only service hospital in the Eastern Region, South of Brahmaputra with the exception of MH Dinjan. However, Jorhat being the main transport base, the casualties were transported by Dakotas returning after their supply dropping sorties. The hospital earned kudos for managing battle casualties round the clock.

5 AFH, presently commanded by Air Commodore MS Bedi, is the second largest hospital of the Indian Air Force and the Easternmost Zonal Hospital of the Armed Forces. It has now evolved into a multi-speciality, multi-dimensional, 410 bedded centre with a well equipped Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma Centre, Reconstructing & Burn Care, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centre, Psychiatry and Dermatology Centre. A state of the art, Pathology Department and a licensed Blood Bank back these services. A Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) based at 5 AFH has the equipment and expertise to manage mass casualties ‘at site’ in the event of man-made or natural disaster. The Critical Care Patient Transport Unit of 5 AFH, the first of its kind in the IAF, with its indigenously designed Life Support Trauma and Transfer Trolley (LSTTT) has the ability to carry out long distance aero-medical evacuations of dangerously ill patients while rendering critical care and life support during flight.

AVM BK Rao, AVSM, PMO, HQ (EAC) participated as the chief guest on this momentous occasion along with Brig Tapan Sinha, SM, DDMS, 33 Corps, Air Cmde GS Nanda, DPMO (EAC) and Air Cmde S Murali Mohan, Air Force Dental Advisor are the other dignitaries who attended the conference.

On this occasion, Continuing Medical Education (CME) Brochure and a conference CD was also released. The chief guest inaugurated the Scientific Exhibition, which was followed by the CME programme. THE SENTINEL

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