Hyderabad: A three-day Public Health Innovations Conclave–PHIC EXPO 2021 will be held at Hitex in Madhapur here from November 12. For the first time, World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives are expected to participate and deliberate in the conclave.
“It is a first of its kind event exclusively on Public Health in India and feature innovation, technology and best practices in public health to deal with “Life after Pandemic”, said Dr Ranga Reddy Burri, President, Infection Control Academy of India in a release here on Friday.
Dr Reddy said, though the whole world was hit with Covid, we were unaware of it. It took the whole world by shock. Now, we are better equipped and prepared to handle future pandemics if any. Now we cannot give that excuse that it caught us unaware. So, PHIC 2021 helps to prepare to handle such situations in future.
‘It is impossible to eliminate Covid-19. So let us at least control it’, he said.
The pandemic had paved a way for many innovations. Normally, it takes many years for a product in its journey of evolution. The global average of the lab to the bedside is 3 years to 10 years. We have to minimize this time, he said for which we need a good eco-system for the same, Dr Reddy said.
He said eight lakh people were dying each year in India because of not being treatable with antibiotics. This is likely to increase to 10 million deaths every year. This number may go up to 1 crore by 2050.
Modern medicine may be in danger of extinction due to bacterial resistance infections. The excessive use of Antibiotics and PainKillers is very dangerous. Since 1929 when Prof Alexandar Fleming discovered antibiotics– Penicillin, within this 90 plus years, different types of antibiotics were developed/produced.
Now we are using the sixth generation of Antibiotics. We have to minimize the use of antibiotics and painkillers and there is need to seek alternative measures, he said.
The experts attending PHIC will deliberate these and many other things, Dr Reddy added.
“The event is dedicated to lessons learnt from the pandemic and future-readiness,’ said Mr Krishna Yedula, Secretary-General, Society for Cyber Security Council (SCSC).