The XXXIII Annual Conference of Marine Medicine and Allied Sciences is being held at INHS Asvini on 31 Aug & 01 Sep 2017 under the aegis of the Marine Medical Society of India. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Medical Challenges for a Blue Water Navy” and the inaugural session was held this afternoon. This year’s conference is being conducted under the baton of Surgeon Vice Admiral AA Pawar, Director General Medical Services (Navy), the present President of the society.
Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Safety inaugurated the conference and delivered the Keynote Address highlighting 50 eventful years of the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm. The President of the Society delivered the Chief of Naval Staff oration on “50 years of the Submarine arm - Medical Odyssey”. The Guests of Honour were Vice Admiral Ajay Kumar Saxena, Director General Naval Projects and Lieutenant General Bipin Puri, Director General Medical Services (Army).
Around 250 delegates consisting of Armed Forces Medical Officers, Civilian Doctors, Divers, Submariners and non medical personnel in the field attended the conference. In addition, delegates from eight foreign countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, UAE, USA and Vietnam are also attending and are participating in the scientific deliberations, presenting papers and sharing their experiences. Other senior officers who participated in the deliberations included the Director General Medical Services (Air Force), Director General Health Services (Armed Forces), Commandant Army Hospital (R&R),New Delhi, Director General (Org & Pers), Senior Consultant, Medicine and the Command Medical Officers of all three naval commands.
The July issue of “Journal of Marine Medical Society”, which has been published since 1994 and is now indexed with Copernicus, was released during the inauguration. In addition, a Handbook for Duty Medical Officers and a Resource CD for Medical Officer’s in the field were also released. A coffee table book on glorious past of INHS Asvini, the flagship tertiary care hospital of the Indian Navy, was also released.
The conference is an excellent platform for interaction and sharing of knowledge and experience in Marine Medicine among experts in the field. The Marine Medical Society is a body of medical professionals engaged in maritime health that seeks to promote, protect and maintain health and safety of life at sea.