REPORT OF INSTALLATION CEREMONY OF IMA GOA STATE
The Installation Ceremony of the XIX Indian Medical Association Goa State was held at a glittering ceremony on 1st April 2007 at Kesarval Garden Retreat, Verna. Rtn. PDG Dilip Salgaocar was the Chief Guest for the function. He highlighted the need for closer ties between the medical fraternity and the pharmacaeutical industry for the benefit of the patients & community at large. The Dean of Goa Medical College, Dr. V. N. Jindal was the Special Invitee for the function.
Dr. Atchut R Kakodkar was installed as the President of IMA Goa State by Dr. Francisco Colaco, the Outgoing President. The other newly installed office bearers included Dr. Jagdish A Kakodkar (Hon. Secretary) & Dr. Paresh Kamat (Hon. Treasurer). Dr Kakodkar presented the new Theme: Working together works and also unveiled his Action Plan for State Level Projects of the IMA Goa State which included the Cancer Awareness & Detection Campaign, Aan Gaon Chalen Abhiyaan, Anemia Detection Camps, Workshop on Human Rights vs. Animal bites & Observance of World Health Day, World No Tobacco Day & World AIDS Day.
A CME was held on the occasion, which was accredited for 2 hrs by the Goa Medical Council. Eminent Psychiatrist from Mumbai, Dr Harish Shetty delivered a talk on Suicide Management & Prevention…Tips for GPs. He sensitized all the doctors to empathize with their patients and identify, treat & refer those at risk for suicides to mental health professionals in time. He also suggested that IMA should conduct Workshops for Heads of Educational Institutions & Schools as well as for the Goa Police on Prevent Suicides: save lives. Dr Pradip Padwal, CMO DHS, spoke on the topic "Demystifying the law frames" with respect to the MTP Act, PCP & PNDT Act and Artificial Reproduction Techniques Act.