The first dissemination event of the project – ‘Risk Management and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance – PREVENT IT’ was organized by the KIIT School of Public Health on 2nd January, 2020 at seminar hall-1, convention centre, Campus – 6 of the University. The theme of the event was: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Menace: Role of Academia.
The inaugural function was graced by Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be University (DU), Maj. Gen. Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Patnaik, Principal KIMS and Director KIIT School of Medicine, Dr Sushil Kumar Kar, Director, Nursing, Odisha, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha and Himanshu Sekhar Pradhan, Associate Professor & In-charge, Academic Affairs, School of Public Health. The event was attended not only by more than 100 students, but the directors, principals, deans and faculty members of different Departments/Schools of the University.
At the outset, Himanshu Sekhar Pradhan welcomed the dignitaries and guests and introduced the audience about the PREVENT IT project, co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of European Union. The vision of the project is a future where every individual is aware of antibiotic resistance (ABR) and empowered with right education to address the issue of ABR. Major General Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Patnaik, laid focus on various factors resulting in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), a global concern. He specifically emphasized on the irrational use of antibiotics, easy access to antibiotics over the counter and non-compliance to policies and guidelines etc. are responsible for AMR. Prof. Patnaik stressed that there is a need to enhance the awareness among stakeholders including the students on the issue and initiate action to address this menace.
Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty and Dr. Sushil Kar mentioned that ABR is a public health concern and collaborative approach involving various disciplines like medical science, public health, social sciences, law etc. are required to address this issue. Prof. (Dr.) Ashok Kumar Praharaj, Professor discussed the current scenario and challenges on ABR. Dr. Sarita Jena, Scientists E and Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir Kumar Satpathy, Senior Expert- Public Health talked about the preventive measures on ABR. Speakers were felicitated following the technical session. Vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Manas Ranjan Behera, Associate Professor, KIIT School of Public Health.