IMA lauds Manushi Chhillar on winning Miss World 2017

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IMA lauds Manushi Chhillar on winning Miss World 2017

The Association hopes that the medical student will continue her education and work towards raising awareness on preventive health

New Delhi, 22 November 2017: In what can be called as a matter of pride for the medical fraternity, Manushi Chhillar, an aspiring cardiac surgeon from Haryana, won the title of Miss World 2017. She takes home the crown 17 years after the last title was won by an Indian. The medical fraternity has praised her as a combination of beauty with intelligence and hopes that she will continue her MBBS programme to win another noteworthy title – that of a doctor.

Manushi is enrolled in a medical college in Sonepat, Haryana. Her father is a scientist while her mother is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, in Delhi. Manushi wishes to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas as per her profile.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon – Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement, said, “The IMA takes this opportunity to congratulate Ms Manushi Chhillar on winning the Miss World 2017 title. We are proud of her win and of the fact that she is an MBBS student. However, we hope she will go on to win the title of a doctor as well and make us prouder. It is not an easy task to get admission into a medical college and undergo a five-year rigorous training to become a doctor. Since she is already a student of medicine, she should not drop out and pursue this further. Apart from this, being a public figure as also a representative of this profession, Manushi can be instrumental in raising awareness about preventive health in the country. She is also an example of the fact that medical students can take time out for other activities and interests in between their busy schedules and become successful.”

Manushi’s inspiration is Reita Faria, the first Indian to win the Miss World crown in 1966, who later went on to pursue medicine as a career.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “Manushi is already an inspiration for youngsters. By pursuing her MBBS degree and completing it, she can become an inspiration for all those students who have chosen medicine as a career and wish to make a mark outside their studies too. With her knowledge, she will also be able to reach out to people about health and its related aspects, thus making an impact. We wish her all the very best.”

Manushi hails from a family of doctors. They have indicated she has taken a break from studies for one year and will continue with her third year in the next batch. Her college is supportive of her decisions and is proud of her achievements too.

ACP/CDC new recommendations on hepatitis B screening and vaccination

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The American College of Physicians ACP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC have jointly issued new recommendations for care of patients with hepatitis B including screening and vaccination with an aim to reduce chronic hepatitis B infections by screening at risk adults increasing hepatitis B vaccination rates and linking infected persons to care. Published November 21 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine the best practice statements are as follows Hepatitis B vaccination is the most effective measure to prevent Hepatitis B infection and its complications. All unvaccinated adults including pregnant women at risk for infection due to sexual percutaneous or mucosal exposure should be vaccinated against HBV. Other high risk groups including health care and public safety workers at risk for blood exposure adults with chronic liver disease end stage renal disease including hemodialysis patients or HIV infection travelers to HBV endemic regions and adults seeking protection from HBV infection should also be advised vaccination. Clinicians should screen hepatitis B surface antigen antibody to hepatitis B core antigen and antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen for HBV in high risk persons including persons born in countries with 2 or higher HBV prevalence men who have sex with men persons who inject drugs HIV positive persons household and sexual contacts of HBV infected persons persons requiring immunosuppressive therapy persons with end stage renal disease including hemodialysis patients blood and tissue donors persons infected with hepatitis C virus persons with elevated alanine aminotransferase levels 8805 19 IU L for women and 8805 30 IU L for men incarcerated persons pregnant women and infants born to HBV infected mothers. All HBsAg positive patients should be referred for or provided posttest counseling and hepatitis B directed care Source Annals of Internal Medicine November 20 2017