Newer Alternatives for Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the rapid development of highly reliable and accurate diagnostic methods in order to limit the spread of infection. By decoding the structural and molecular characteristics of the then elusive SARS‑CoV‑2 virus, many research laboratories and biomedical companies were able to come up with various diagnostic strategies useful for making a correct diagnosis of COVID‑19.

Currently, rapid antigen test and RT‑PCR tests are the most widely used and validated techniques worldwide to detect the COVID-19 virus. Other techniques, including isothermal nucleic acid amplification techniques, CRISPR/Cas‑based approaches and digital PCR methods are awaiting approval for diagnostic use by competent authorities. 

MedPiper Technologies and JournoMed along with the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health are conducting a webinar on the “Newer Alternatives for Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19” where expert speaker, Dr. Sayan Bhattacharya will be talking about the newer treatment strategies now that COVID-19 is no longer a mysterious virus.

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The event will be held on 7th December, 2021, Tuesday at 2 pm. Participants can join by registering for it here. For more details, participants may contact Soumya T.S at E-Certificates will be provided to all the participants.

The webinar will have discussions on how the diagnostic strategies have changed over time now that scientists and doctors know more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The future treatments will be focused around treating the newer and stronger emerging strains and boosting the protective immunity of the overall population so as to prevent further waves of the virus and avoid another pandemic.

Expert Speaker: Dr. Sayan Bhattacharya, MD Microbiology (PGIMER Chandigarh) Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata and Chief Editor, Eastern Journal of Medical Sciences. 

About the organisation: 

All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, was established in 1932 as a first school of Public Health in the South-East Asia region and is dedicated to teaching, training, and research in various disciplines of Public Health and allied sciences to ensure capacity building in the area of Public Health. 

This Institute has been actively involved in the training of the State and District level Public Health Officers and Microbiologists working in Public Health Laboratories in the seven North Eastern States and also Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The Institute has also played a Key Role in HIV Sentinel Surveillance under the auspices of the National AIDS Control Program (NACO). The Institute again performed as the nodal Institute for the Seven North Eastern States including the state of West Bengal in estimating the risk of HIV infectivity in different behavioural groups.

The Institute has contributed in epidemic surveillance and containment of communicable diseases. Faculty from this institute pay regular visits to the disaster affected areas to help the local health department and the civil administration in instituting control and containment measures and help organization of rehabilitation and relief measures.

Update: The post event summary of the webinar can be found here

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