National Conference of Indian Society of Toxicology begins at SMIMS

Gangtok, 06 Apr:

The 12th Annual National Conference of Indian Society of Toxicology, “TOXOCON-12”, organised by the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences [SMIMS] in collaboration with STNM Hospital commenced here at the SMIMS auditorium today.

An SMU press release informs that the two-day long conference will be attended by 120 delegates from over 20 States comprising of experts of national and international repute.

The theme of the conference “Hugs not Drugs” has been chosen keeping in view the rising cases of substance abuse in the State of Sikkim and other parts of India.

Vice Chancellor, SMU, Lieutenant General [Dr] MD Venkatesh, was the chief guest for the inaugural function.

In his address, he highlighted on the damage to the physical, psychological, moral and intellectual growth of the youth due to substance abuse and called for the society to be vigilant and support the efforts of NGOs and government agencies in curbing the problem.

Additional Director General of Police [Law & Order], Akshay Sachdeva, who attended the event as guest of honour, spoke about substance abuse from a policeman’s perspective and focused on the stringent implementation of SADA.

Officiating Dean, SMIMS, Dr T Shantikumar Singh, felicitated the dignitaries.

Eminent Toxicologist and Treasurer, Indian Society of Toxicology [IST], Professor [Dr] VV Pillay, announced that the Indian Society of Toxicology Life Support Course [ISTOLS], a pioneering programme for practical clinical toxicology training for healthcare professionals in the management of patients exposed topoisons, toxins, chemicals and drug overdoses with bedside simulation training, is scheduled to be held on 07 Apr at Central Referral Hospital in Tadong.

Registrar, SMU, Prof Dr Karma Sonam Sherpa, Medical Superintendent, CRH, Dr Gautam Dey, and Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital, Dr KB Gurung, and Registrar, Sikkim Medical Council, Dr CS Sharma, were also present on the inaugural function.

A souvenir on the Conference Proceedings was also released by the dignitaries on the occasion.