Mysore, Sept. 28 (KCU&KK)- About 2,000 doctors, health workers and paramedical staff of various hospitals in the district participated in a day-long awareness and training programme on health education focusing on swine flu, dengue, chikungunya and malaria, held at MMC Platinum Jubilee Hall at JK Grounds here this morning.

The programme organised under the joint auspices of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI), Association of Physicians of India (API) Mysore Chapter, Mysore Physicians Medical Research Trust (MPMRT), District Administration, Health and Family Welfare Department and Mysore City Corporation (MCC) was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta.

Addressing the participants, Harsha Gupta observed that swine flu and other contractible diseases were on the rise for the last two years which indicates drastic action and measures were needed to prevent the spread of the diseases.

"The infrastructure in hospitals should be improved to handle huge number of suspected cases. A follow-up of the cases will be very essential. However, the steps taken in the country to bring in awareness on H1N1 and other disease-causing viruses is good," he opined.

Zilla Panchayat CEO G. Satyavathi opined that lack of information among the public on epidemics induces panic and awareness must be imparted by health workers.

MMC&RI Dean and Director Dr. Venkatesh, K.R. Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani, MPMRT President Dr. C.D. Sreenivasamurthy, JSS Medical College Principal Dr. S. Basavanagowda, District Health Officer Dr. B.S. Nagaraj Rao, MCC Health Officer Dr. Nagaraj, API (Mysore) President Dr. Vamadev, District Surveillance Officer Dr. Nagaraj and others were present.

Senior doctors of various hospitals spoke on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore