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World Cancer Day ’16

World Cancer Day ’16

04 Feb, 2016

On the occasion of World Cancer Day on 4th February 2016, Medica Superspecialty Hospital organized an event to spread awareness about cancer, how best it can be prevented and to recognize the fight and win of some its cancer survivors over the killer disease.

The programme started with Dr. Tapti Sen, Sr. Breast Disease Specialist & Surgeon, Head – Medica Institute of Breast Diseases inaugurating the event. She spoke about breast cancer, its scenario in India, how it can be prevented and about her patients, the survivors who were present for the occasion to share their respective stories. Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Head – Medica Institute of Cardiac Sciences & Vice Chairman, Medica, congratulated the Breast Disease Institute for being the only institute of its kind in the country, applauding their efforts and the remarkable trajectory that they have journeyed so far. Dr. Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals, addressed the gathering and promised to make the breast disease and the breast cancer wing one of the best in the country with the most advanced technologies for superior treatment and patient care.

The survivors present for the occasion included women from various walks of life starting from young actresses to elderly housewives and the event ended on a very emotional, yet positive note with many of them sharing their success stories with the gathering.

Medica Great Debate Grand Finale

Medica Great Debate Grand Finale

30 Jan, 2016

Can Fat be Fit? – was the topic of contention between two groups of youngsters who were debating to win the trophy at the Medica Great Debate Grand Finale held in our Conference Room on 30th January 2016. The Finale was the culmination of an online debate competition organized by Medica on the occasion of Children’s Day 2015.

The participants were required to write to us with their views ‘For’ or ‘Against’ the topic and seven best debaters were chosen from each side to fight it out in the Grand Finale.

After an interesting session that saw the participants succinctly putting across their views, the team speaking ‘For’ the topic won the day with convincing arguments and oratory skills. The prizes were given away by our Guest of Honour, actor & keen debater, Mr. Victor Banerjee.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness Meet at Medica

Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness Meet at Medica

16 Jan, 2016
Cervical Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, yet, unfortunately, awareness about this disease has remained abysmally low, particularly in India. Statistics show that India records a very high percentage of deaths in women diagnosed with cervical cancer, in spite of the fact that it is the only form of cancer that can be prevented with some precautions and regular cervical screening. Lack of awareness, not enough importance given to sexual education and a general disregard for women’s health that is still very much rampant in our society are some of the reasons that has led to this status. In the developed countries, a growing awareness and thrust towards regular screening programmes has greatly decreased mortality caused by cervical cancer.

Marking the National Cervical Health Awareness month, Medica organised a special programme with the intent of generating awareness on the importance regular Cervical Screening and HPV (Human Papiloma Virus) vaccination on 16th January, 2016. The highlight of the programme was a lively panel discussion by ladies from different walks of life who put forward their views on the subject.

Opening the session, our Gynaecologist Dr. Jayasish Chakrabarti, stressed on regular screenings for all women above 25. He also explained that abnormal results of the tests (pre-cancerous changes) were not uncommon but, it was important to note that this does not mean cancer. In majority of such cases the abnormality did not lead to cancer and rectified itself with time, but a small percentage needed treatment to prevent cancer in future.

Following Dr. Chakraborty’s presentation, our Gynaecologist Dr. Chandrima Dasgupta took the stage along with the august panel for the evening, which included Ms. Sonal Kundalia Mondal, Chairperson, State Chapter, All Ladies League, Social Activist Ms. Urmi Basu, Founder, New Light, well-known Singer Ms. Jayati Chakraborty, and renowned Dancer Ms. Debmitra Sengupta. Moderating the discussion, Dr. Dasgupta raised issues like – ‘Are we talking enough about women’s health?’, and ‘How aware is a woman about her own health?’ The panel also discussed other extremely relevant issues like sexual education, various taboos associated with a woman’s sexual health, importance of screening & vaccination and Government initiatives to promote awareness. The most touching moments were the very personal experiences shared by some of the members of the panel, that highlighted the great need for more awareness on this subject.

Latest Technical Advancements at MEDICA

Latest Technical Advancements at Medica

02 Dec, 2015

“Curing the sick and saving lives are the kind of inter–people activities that cannot be matched or measured by money or anything in kind” – Known for revolutionising healthcare services, Medica Superspecialty Hospital (MSH) has further strengthened its Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery services by acquiring the latest technological innovations from Medistim Devices.

Transmit Time Flow Measurement by Medistim is the latest and the most advanced technique in the field of cardiac surgery. It helps in determining the blood flow through the conduit – bypass channels (Artery/Vein) – used for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and is much more reliable than traditional methods like ECG, BP, etc.

Other technical innovations introduced at Medica that are set to revolutionise Cardiac treatment in the region:
Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH): One of the latest and most advanced procedures for conduit harvesting in CABG. It requires a very small incision, and apart from the cosmetic benefits, the pain is much less as compared to the open technique. MSH is the only centre in Eastern India that performs EVH.
Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO): A technique that provides cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life. ECMO works by removing blood from the patient’s body and artificially removing the carbon dioxide and oxygenating red blood cells. Medica is the only center in Eastern India to have a dedicated ECMO machine with 24 hours support.
Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR): a procedure that helps in accurate diagnosis of a heart block. It significantly reduces unnecessary stenting/revascularization and helps in optimizing the therapy for heart patients.

This information was shared with the media recently by the Cardiac team atMedica. Present during the occasion were Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice Chairman and Head of Cardiac Surgery, Medica, Dr. Dilip Kumar, renowned Cardiologist &Sr Consultant at Medica, along with Mr. Prashant Narshima, Managing Director of RND International AG, India – the German brand behind Medistim. Also present were Mr. Roger Morberg and Ms. Anne Waaler from the Medistim Executive team.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sarkar said, “We keep upgrading our infrastructure, keeping in mind the needs of our patients. We always aim to provide high quality specialized treatment facilities and excellent clinical services at an affordable price. At Medica, we offer a one-stop solution for all healthcare needs. Our hospital is one of the very few healthcare providers in our country to use the highly advanced technological innovations developed by Medistim. Cardiac care at Medica has reached a new peak with the introduction of these devices that will enhance the treatment provided and its outcome.”

MEDICA Health Talk 2015

Medica Health Talk 2015

21 Nov, 2015
Health is an issue that touches all. All of us have heard the adage ‘Prevention is better than cure’, but how many of us are aware of our role in keeping ourselves healthy? Keeping this in mind Medica has started the series ‘Medica Health Talk’ where our Doctors/specialists address interested audiences on various issues related to health. The participants also get a chance to interact with the Doctors and put forth their queries. The first such session was held at the Hospital premises on 1st October and was dedicated to our Senior Citizens. Our Senior Doctors gave presentations to a packed house, on topics including ‘Know your heart’, ‘How to prevent stroke’, ‘Lifestyle & diabetes’, ‘Health of Kidneys’, ‘Urinary Incontinence’ and ‘Arthritis and other bone problems’.

The second session was held 21st November and included discourses by our Breast Specialist, Rheumatologist, Internal Medical Specialist, Emergency care and Physical Therapy. We plan to hold such interactive sessions at regular intervals to generate health awareness.

Senior Citizens’ Day at Medica

Senior Citizens’ Day at Medica

1st October was the ‘International Day for the Elderly’ and we at Medica had planned to make this day very special for them with a bouquet of activities and offers. Senior Citizens’ Day celebrations were held with grand success in our Conference Room last Thursday. We had organized a day full of interactive sessions with our Doctors. An hour each had been earmarked for the sessions, but the Doctors had to stretch their sessions much beyond the allotted time, unable to stem the flow of questions from our senior guests!

A health check-up package comprising ECG, Echo, Chest x-ray, Fasting Blood Sugar and Cholesterol was offered free, along with 3 OPD consultations (with 6-month validity period) to all the attendees. Free membership to our Senior Citizens’ Club was also offered. The response to the communication sent out through ads and sms was heart-warming, with more than 500 callers inquiring about the day’s activities.

293 Senior Citizens attended the sessions. We had placed the Senior Citizens’ Counselling Desk along with a table explaining our new initiative ‘Swasthya Mitra’ outside the conference room for the benefit of the new visitors.

Heartened with this overwhelming response to our initiative, we now plan to hold more such sessions, not just for the senior citizens but for people of all ages, at regular intervals, to connect better with the society and generate awareness.

Medicar Aponjon 2013

Medicar Aponjon 2013

13 May, 2013
Three years ago when Medica opened its doors to Kolkata, it did so with a promise to bring transparent and affordable healthcare to the city, and stand by its people at the hour of their need. Since then Medica has fulfilled its promise in various ways by not only providing quality healthcare with care and compassion, but also through various CSR activities that have benefitted different sections of the society. The hospital has been spending a substantial sum of money annually on welfare projects like KARMA (for road traffic accident victims), Caddies insurance scheme, Chiranjeevi for school children, Buddha, for benefit of local population of Mukundapur, and various other projects.

At the commencement of three fulfilling years in service of the city and its people, Medica reiterated its commitment towards the society through ‘MEDICAR APONJON’, conceived as an annual event recognising some worthy Kolkatans for their contributions to the society.

For ‘MEDICAR APONJON 2013’, with the help of a panel of eminent Kolkatans, Medica selected 10 stalwarts for their contributions in the fields of Cinema, Theatre, Music, Sports and Journalism, and felicitated them at a ceremony celebrating the hospital’s 3rd Anniversary at GD Birla Sabhaghar on 13th May.

The panel comprised actress Rituparna Sengupta, songster Srikanta Acharya, theatre veteran Manoj Mitra, ex-cricketer and national selector Raju Mukherjee and senior journalists Gautam Bhattacharya and Anindya Sengupta. The panelists chose the nominees from their respective areas of work and handed over the honour on Medica’s behalf.

The 10 nominees – actors Lalita Chaterjee and Bulbul Chowdhury, cricketer Kalyan Mitter and cricket coach Munawar Ali, theatre actors Swapna Mitra and Amar Ghosh, journalists Shankar Chowdhury, Nikhil Bhattacharya and Ranjit Roy, and singer Khokon Mukerjee – were handed over health cards for lifelong free of cost treatment at Medica along with some financial benefits.

The audience was also treated to sublime performances by internationally acclaimed dance troupe Sukalyan De Entourage, singers Srikanta Acharya and Subhomita, and recitation by Bratati Bandopadhyay.

Otology, Cochlear Implants & Sinus Surgery Workshop

Otology, Cochlear Implants & Sinus Surgery Workshop

08 Oct, 2012
A workshop on Otology, Cochlear Implants & Sinus Surgery, organised by Medica ENT Institute, was held at Medica on 8th October, 2012. It included lecture and live surgery demonstration of “Cochlear Implantation by Veria Technique” by guest faculty Dr. Trifon Kiradzidis and Prof. J.M. Hans, and of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) by Dr. K. Meghnadh. MENTI doctors included Dr. NVK Mohan, Dr. Arjun Dasgupta and Dr. Chirajit Dutta.

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