Marine Med course soon

Friday, 8 February 2019

Pune’s AFMC to start a three-year MD in Marine Medicine course for Navy doctors

Pune: Lt Gen Bipin Puri, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Service (DGAFMS), on Thursday said that the city-based Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) will soon start three-year MD in Marine Medicine course for Navy doctors. Till now only Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Aswini (Indian Navy) in Mumbai, has been offering a two-year PG diploma course in Marine medicine in the country.
“The reason is that Indian Navy is spreading its footprints by going everywhere, and since maritime rules are different, the challenges faced by the members related to health on ships and submarines are also different,” he said. 

Marine Medicine is a medicinal branch that includes hyperbaric medicine, maritime medicine, diving medicine and submarine medicine and is a specialised field of importance to Navy. This specialisation of medicine lays attention on the ways and means of optimising the health and job performance of maritime and underwater fighters. The common aim of this field of medicine is to improve the effectiveness of the mission by bringing down attrition due to adverse conditions like physiological, physical, psychological conditions to the fighters that might cause unfitness.

Lt Gen Puri further added, “AFMC has set up a dedicated research wing which will provide a much-required impetus for increasing the scope of multidisciplinary and collaborative research. The research wing was required to deal with the new challenges and tackle health concerns of the Armed forces in the future.”

He was interacting with media persons on the sidelines of the 67th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference at AFMC, Wanawadi. 

Ambitious space mission

  • IAF’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) join hands for Gaganyan 
  • Lt Gen Puri said, “The Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM), Bengaluru, a centre of the Indian Air Force, is in talks with the ISRO to provide medical support to crew members of Gaganyaan, India’s maiden manned space mission.”
  • ISRO plans to send a three-member crew to space for seven days by 2022 under the Gaganyaan programme.
  • Air Marshal Rajvir Singh, Director General, Medical Services (AIR), said the challenge of providing life support in space is very complex. “IAM is the only centre in the country to contribute in this direction. We are currently in discussion with ISRO to provide a full spectrum of life support to the crew members of the space mission,” he said.

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