Mangaluru: An eminent researcher and honorary Microbiologist from the United Kingdom, Dr Beryl A. Oppenheim visited the Father Muller Medical College Hospital (FMMCH) recently and delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Healthcare associated infection – Faster diagnosis of healthcare associated infection, antimicrobials – Save the saviour’.
Dr Beryl A. Oppenheim is the senior director, Medical Affairs, Cepheid, Honorary Consultant Microbiologist and Microbiology Project Lead, SRMRC, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Editor of the prestigious Journal of Hospital Infection.
Hospital acquired infection is a global problem and is one of the most important causes of mortality and morbidity. Multidrug resistant bacterial infections being one of the primary causes, the diagnosing and treatment of such infections is a challenge for every clinician. Reliable microbiology culture reports and availability of newer rapid diagnostic tools to detect antibiotic resistance can aid the clinician for quick therapeutic decision and thereby reduce mortality.
Rev. Fr Richard A Coelho, Director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions welcomed Dr Beryl to Mangaluru and appreciated her efforts to share her knowledge of such an important aspect of hospital infection control the world over. He said that the NABH, NABL, NAAC and Bureau Veritas certifications of the Father Muller Medical College Hospital stands as a testimony to the dedication of its staff and management to not only attain the heights of quality in healthcare, but also making it affordable to patients. Healthcare is the backbone of every society, if not optimised society itself crumbles.
Rev. Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, Administrator of the Father Muller Medical College Hospital, presented a token of appreciation to Dr Beryl and congratulated her on her many titles and workmanship. Dr Anup Shetty introduced the speaker and Dr Thomas Kruvilla proposed a vote of thanks.
The programme was graced by Rev. Fr Ajith Menezes, Administrator of the Father Muller Medical College, Dr Jayaprakash Alva, Dean FMMC, Dr Rekha Boloor, Prof and Head Department of Microbiology FMMC and organising secretary Rev. Fr Nelson Pais, Asst. Administrator FMMCH.