|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 276-277
Capacity building workshops for physicians and laboratory technicians under national viral hepatitis control programme, Uttarakhand
Pragya Pandey1, Prakash Kumar1, Rohit Gupta2, Anand Sharma1, Pratima Gupta3, Deepjyoti Kalita3, Yogendra Pratap Mathuria3, Mayank Badola4, Ajeet Singh Bhadoria1
1 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
4 National Health Mission, Uttarakhand, India
|Date of Submission||08-Nov-2021|
|Date of Decision||05-Dec-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||05-Dec-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||28-Dec-2021|
Dr. Ajeet Singh Bhadoria
Department of Community and Family Medicine, Fifth Floor, College Block, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Pandey P, Kumar P, Gupta R, Sharma A, Gupta P, Kalita D, Mathuria YP, Badola M, Bhadoria AS. Capacity building workshops for physicians and laboratory technicians under national viral hepatitis control programme, Uttarakhand. J Med Evid 2021;2:276-7
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Pandey P, Kumar P, Gupta R, Sharma A, Gupta P, Kalita D, Mathuria YP, Badola M, Bhadoria AS. Capacity building workshops for physicians and laboratory technicians under national viral hepatitis control programme, Uttarakhand. J Med Evid [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 24];2:276-7. Available from: http://www.journaljme.org/text.asp?2021/2/3/276/333965
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh successfully conducted annual capacity building workshops for physicians and laboratory technicians under National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme (NVHCP), Uttarakhand, India.
NVHCP was launched on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, observed on 28th July 2018. The programme was launched in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 which targets combating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. States have been given the responsibility to develop required infrastructure, human resources and appropriate guidelines for the smooth implementation of the program. State Viral Hepatitis Management Unit (SVHMU), Uttarakhand, has not only identified AIIMS, Rishikesh as one of the model treatment centre, state laboratory, but also given institute the responsibility of regularly organising capacity building workshops for nominated physicians and laboratory technicians under NVHCP in the state. AIIMS, Rishikesh has been regularly organising capacity building workshops in collaboration with SVHMU since the launch of NVHCP in Uttarakhand and have successfully completed multiple offline and online trainings of physicians, laboratory technicians and data entry operators
The 'Capacity building workshop 2021' for physicians was held over 3 days from 17th to 19th August, 2021 [Figure 1]. The workshop began with an inaugural address from Dr Mayank Badola, who is Nodal Officer, NVHCP in Uttarakhand State in the presence of Dr Rohit Gupta, Head of the Department (HOD) of Gastroenterology AIIMS Rishikesh and Dr Ajeet Singh Bhadoria, In-charge of preventive hepatology clinic, AIIMS Rishikesh. Dr Badola briefed the participants about the current status of the programme in the state, he emphasised on the importance of training as well as vertical and horizontal integration of health care and allied workers at every level to make the implementation of the program more efficient. Dr Gupta talked about the importance of early screening and treatment in case of viral hepatitis B and C. Dr Bhadoria briefed about the burden of viral hepatitis and regarding the role of hepatitis B vaccine in preventing hepatitis B infection and averting associated complications including chronic liver disease and liver cancer. Following the inauguration, there were interactive sessions on basic sciences, epidemiology and pathophysiology of viral hepatitis on day 1 of the workshop. Day two of the workshop was more clinically oriented, where the participants were first sensitised about the recent updates in the management protocols of viral hepatitis followed by simulation case studies by Dr Anand. Dr Sanjeev Bhalla from Extension for Community Health-care Outcomes (ECHO), India brought into light the role of ECHO as a virtual training platform for short-term follow-up capacity building sessions. Miss Roli Tondon, representative from Clinton Health Access Initiative presented how the organisation could aid in the data management. Deputed physicians from all over the state actively participated in the workshop.
|Figure 1: Participants and master trainers, annual capacity building workshop for physicians, National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme, Uttarakhand|
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Subsequent to physician training, the capacity building workshop for nominated laboratory technicians from 13 districts of the state was held over 5 days from 27th September to 1st October [Figure 2]. The workshop was inaugurated Prof Arvind Rajwanshi, Director, AIIMS Rishikesh in gracious presence of Prof Manoj Gupta, Dean Academics and Prof Pratima Gupta, HOD, Microbiology.
|Figure 2: Participants and master trainers, annual capacity building workshop for laboratory technicians, National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme, Uttarakhand|
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Apart from the basic virology and pathogenesis, participants were trained regarding enzyme linked immunoassay, chemiluminescent immunoassay, external quality assessment, sample management, equipment management, inventory management, biomedical waste management, spill management and post-exposure prophylaxis by our master trainers Dr Deepjyoti Kalita and Dr Yogendra Pratap Mathuria.
On the last day of both the workshops, all the participants were interviewed in depth regarding their capabilities in managing viral hepatitis cases; challenges faced in managing viral hepatitis cases; potential solutions for the challenges; role of SVHMU in facilitating management of viral hepatitis cases. Focused group discussions were also organised on the last day of both the training workshops aiming to understand participant's expectation from the workshop; suggestions on additions and omissions from the standard training material; recommendations to make the workshop more relevant.
Workshops concluded with a vote of thanks from the programme management unit, NVHCP, Uttarakhand to AIIMS, Rishikesh, all the master trainers and the participants for their support and enthusiasm.
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