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Diabetes and Eye at Amrita Institute

10 Dec 2014, Kochi

In view of World Diabetes Day, the Departments of Endocrinology and Ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital in association with IMA KOCHI and Cochin Ophthalmic Club held a cycle rally to improve awareness among the public concerning Diabetes and its complications. It was part of a month long program with the theme “Diabetes and Eye” organized by Amrita Hospital.

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About 300 people, including students, athletes, doctors, and the general public, took part in the rally. Decorated with blue balloons – the colour of Diabetic day theme – the 300 cycled and marched ahead chanting slogans against the disease.

Dr. Gopal Pillai, the head of ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital, cycled from IMA house to the Kaloor International Stadium to initiate the fight against diabetes. He spoke on the importance of lifestyle, regular check ups, and exercise, and highlighted the need for controlling ones blood sugar and stress.

Seventy MBBS students of Amrita Medical College also participated in novel flash mob at a mall comprising of slogans against diabetes.

A screening program was organized free of cost at the mall following the activities. Many people who came were unaware of ways to control their blood sugar and blood pressure, which the doctors said was an alarming trend.

“Diabetes and Eye” celebrated at Amrita Hospital

To celebrate World Diabetes Day, the Departments of Endocrinology and Ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital in association with IMA KOCHI and the Cochin Ophthalmic Club, organized a cycle rally to help boost public awareness about diabetes and its complications. It was part of a month long program organized by Amrita Hospital called, “Diabetes and Eye” encompassing various activities to help generate awareness amongst the public about the impact of the disease.

About 300 people including students, athletes, doctors and other members of the general public took part in the rally. With blue balloons, the colour of the diabetic day theme, the 300 participants cycled and marched while chanting slogans against diabetes.

Dr Gopal Pillai, the head of ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital cycled out from IMA house to the Kaloor international stadium to initiate the fight against diabetes. He spoke on the importance of lifestyle, regular check ups and exercise in the prevention of diabetes. Dr Gopal Pillai stressed the need for regular checkups and tight control of blood sugar.
In order to stress upon the importance of the disease, a screening program was organized free of cost at Lulu Mall following the awareness activities. A lot of people who came did not have any control of blood sugar or blood pressure, which the doctors said was an alarming trend.

Seventy MBBS students of Amrita medical college organized a flash mob comprising of slogans against diabetes at the Mall to create awareness among general public about diabetes and diabetic related blindness.

Hundreds in Kashmir throng Amrita Hospital’s medical relief camp

12 Oct 2014, Bandipore, Jammu Kashmir

Hundreds of Kashmir’s flood-victims thronged the medical relief camp set up by Amrita Hospital in Bandipore district of Jammu and Kashmir. A team of 15 medical specialists and paramedics are providing critical medical care to flood victims in the worst-affected areas of the district including Ashtingoo Ghat, Kulhama, Laharwalpora and Sumbal-Sonawari. Over 2,300 people of these areas have been examined and dispensed with medicines.

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A mobile hospital and tele medicine unit is equipped with intensive care unit, ventilator, ECG, Colour Echo cardiogram, X-Ray Radiography, Light Microscopy with the team are providing advanced pathological support.

About 52 villages in Bandipore district was completely submerged in last months massive floods and hundreds of houses, several health facilities, schools and police stations were submerged in the floods, besides damaging standing crops in hundreds of hectares. According to the Divisional Commissioner Dr. Shah Faesal, 60,000 people were displaced in the floods, while dozens of families are still living in tents on roads and safer areas. Over 2,000 houses were completely damaged in the district.

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The medical camp, which began on 8th will continue till 13th October in Bandipore district, while during the second phase, it will shift to Magam in Badgam district of Kashmir.

 

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Home Minister flagged off Amrita Tele Medicine van to Jammu Kashmir

06 Oct 2014, New Delhi
Victims of the recent Kashmir floods will receive state-of-the-art medical aid from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), as two mobile units equipped with health and relief facilities were flagged off from the capital by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

 

Hailing ‘Amma’  as humanitarian icon for her charity activities, the minister said the government has made efforts to support the Math’s Rs 25-crore mission in the Valley to ensure a coordinated operation.

“Amma is an ocean of compassion striving for the betterment of humanity,” he said, before flagging off a mobile medical facility and a mobile tele-medicine unit from India Gate. Amidst the cheering of volunteers and supporters chanting aloud ‘Mata Amritanandamayi Ki Jai’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, the two vehicles moved out to Srinagar..

Earlier, the minister took a round of both the units and interacted with the contingent that includes 14 doctors and paramedical staff, who will reach Srinagar on Wednesday and work mostly in Bandipora district that was battered by the Jhelum floods this monsoon season.

MAM had last month distributed school kits for children in Udhampur district of the Valley, where the Math would also be constructing houses for people affected by the September floods triggered by torrential rains.

Low-cost EEG system for epilepsy and brain-computer Interface

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
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Amrita Centre for Nanosciences introduced Amrita Veechi, a low-cost wireless EEG system for detecting epilepsy and concussions. This device can be used via a brain-computer interface and will be very helpful in cognitive studies.

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PC George, Chief Whip, Kerala, unveiled Amrita Veechi during Amritavarsham 61, Amma’s birthday celebrations.

Amrita Jeevanam, a low-cost medical device for rural villagers

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations

Amrita Jeevanam is a low-cost medical device that combines a medical device, an interface device, and mobile device all configured with Amrita’s health-awareness and monitoring program. Villages in rural India often do not have easy access to timely healthcare, village patients will greatly benefit by getting customized feedback and guidance for lifestyle changes and better manage and monitor their health. Amrita Jeevanam, developed by Amrita University’s CREATE labs, will be offered free of charge at 140 villages adopted by MAM.

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Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Kerala Minister of Forest, Transport & Environment unveiled the medical device.

Amrita Hospital flags off medical relief to flood-hit in Jammu – Kashmir

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) is sending its disaster management and mobile Telemedicine unit to Jammu-Kashmir to provide medical care to people affected by the recent floods.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Sing will flag off Amrita Hospital’s Telemedicine unit at 9am on this Sunday 5th Oct at India Gate, New Delhi.

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The mobile medical facility is equipped with Colour Echo Cardiography, Gastroscopy, Retinal Camera, Ultra Sonography, X-Ray Radiography, Ventilator, Minor Operation theatre, Delivery Room facility, Electro Cardiography, Light Microscopy, Digital Photography and Bio Chemical Testing with a semi-auto Analyzer to analyse Hepatitis B, Rat Fever or Leptospirosis, etc.

A team of medical experts from the departments of General Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Radiology are there in the team. They will provide vaccinations like DPT, Polio, MMR, and Hepatitis B at the relief sites.

A team of Veterinary doctors with medicines and vaccinations for animals are also part of the team.

The centrally air conditioned Telemedicine Unit van is equipped with satellite-based video conferencing facility. It is also supported by two emergency ambulances, equipped with cardiac facilities, trained medical team and adequate medicines. These ambulance can travel to interior places where the Telemedicine van cannot reach.

The output from these devises can be transmitted to Amrita specialty hospital for expert opinion or any health care center that has a Telemedicine facility. It is also equipped with Amrita Health Information System. Using all these facilities expert doctors can directly see the patient, diagnose the disease and start emergency medical management.

Amrita Institute for Medical Sciences has been in the forefront of rendering free medical care to people hit by natural disasters across the country. During Gujarat Earthquake 2001, Tsunami in 2004, Bihar flood in 2008, Andhra-Karnataka flood in 2009, and Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) landslides in 2013 where the mobile Telemedicine unit along with disaster management team had rendered exclusive medical relief services to the affected people. A total 548 medical camps were conducted by the Amrita mobile Telemedicine unit in the last seven years.

Amrita Santhulam: low cost balance trainer for rehabilitating neuro patients

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27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham61, Amma’s birthday celebrations

The Amrita Santhulam (Balance trainer), is a low cost rehabilitation system for the elderly patients suffering from stroke, Parkinson’s, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, post ankle sprain and similar morbidities which cause impaired static and dynamic balance in the human body. This was launched on the occasion of Amma’s 61st birthday celebrations, developed by Ammachi Labs of Amrita University and the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Dept at Amrita Hospital. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister of Forest, Transport & Environment unveiled this equipment.

The balance training system will motivate the patients to perform repetitive rehabilitation exercises through games offering the functionality to simulate real world scenarios. The system provides audio and visual feedback to the patients balance while performing an activity like brushing their teeth or fastening a button. This is an innovative approach in addressing the patient’s ailment. Doctors can analysis their patient’s therapy progress with immediate feedback.

An advanced balance analyzer software program running in the background provides the doctor/therapist with information on the patient’s progress of therapy in a qualitative fashion.

Amrita Hospital receives the first British Medical Journal (BMJ) India Award

Amrita Institute for Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) has received the first British Medical Journal BMJ-India 2014 Award for pediatric heart program.

The BMJ Awards, launched in 2009, considered as the “Oscar” in the medical field.

BMJ, one of the world’s leading medical journals, had unveiled its maiden awards in India this year to recognize excellence in healthcare in the country. The awards were given in 10 different categories, selected from almost 500 entries by a panel of eminent medical professionals. For Amrita Hospital, the BMJ-India 2014 Health Care Award was given for continuously striving for excellence in delivering high quality, affordable cardiac care to children.

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Amrita Hospital performs on an average 700 pediatric cardiac surgeries annually, while another 600 children are treated in the catheterization laboratory, Dr Raman Krishna Kumar, Clinical Prof and Head of Department of Pediatric Cardiology, who received the award, said. Since its inception in 1998, AIMS has performed 12,000 heart operations and 10,000 catheter procedures in pediatric cardiac care.

Amrita has pioneered low cost treatment for children with congenital heart disease and developed a unique treatment protocol for closure of a certain type of heart defect known as Patent ducts arteriosus or PDA. Over the last 16 years Amrita Hospital has become a preferred destination for babies in the region requiring heart surgery with exceptional surgical results in this difficult discipline.

Free cataract surgeries in Kenya

14kenyaeyeUnder the initiative of Embracing The World, one week of cataract surgery was held in Vihiga County, Kenya.

The team attended total number of 200 cases. Most of them cataract surgeries, some capsulorexis, extrabismus, and one quist. Three ophthalmologists, two nurses, and an optometrist came from Spain to help the operation.

All the patients operated had an initial vision below 30%.  Some of them needed a person to take them around as they could see only light perception.

One of the patients give the doctors his cane the next morning of the surgery as he said he didn´t need it any more as he could see again.

After this experience, the Vihiga County Governor did realize the need of affordable eye care in the district hospital and they will place a surgeon in the hospital from this September.