Greetings to all the members of NACM
NACM (established on 2015 AD) has finally come to life although the need for a separate association of clinical microbiologists was felt for a quite some time. Microbiology has evolved as a separate field of medicine. Earlier, the umbrella term of “pathology” used to encompass all the laboratory sciences . However, the importance and vastness of the subject necessitated microbiology to be studied as a separate entity from pathology. The first Nepalese MBBS graduate to receive the MD in Microbiology was Prof. Dr. S.K Bhattacharya in the year 1987 .He is the respected patron of this association. Nepal now boasts an increasing number of trained MD microbiologists and the number is still increasing. For a country where infectious disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, the number of trained and skilled doctors to deal with the diagnostic and interpretation of these conditions is still not sufficient. We should encourage more and more fresh medical graduates to study this exciting and challenging world of microbes.
The inception of NACM is the culmination of the hard work of the founder members.
I have to congratulate one and all for this achievement. I am also greatly honored to be unanimously elected the first president of this association . This is a big responsibility and an opportunity to bring to light the role and importance of Microbiology amongst the medical fraternity of Nepal. We hope to mature this sapling into a big and sturdy tree. The tree that would bear fruits in the form of good inside-laboratory and outside laboratory co-operation among Nepalese Clinical Microbiologists, a standard quantity service for all the patients, continuity of academics and updating on the latest developments in the field, exchange of ideas, skills and techniques in the form of CMEs, Hands –on workshops, conferences and exchange programmes . We hope to establish ourselves as a body recognized nationally and internationally.
For this, I urge all our graduates, new and old, to join this association and work to strengthen it. With the founder members we are soon to conduct a CME on “Post-earthquake challenges of infectious diseases in Nepal”.
I hope to see you all then.
Prof. Dr. Bal Man Singh Karki
Aims and objectives of NACM
1.NACM is aimed to educate physicians, nurses, patients and the community about detection and prevention of communicable diseases
2.It aims to develop rapport among physicians and science graduates from diverse backgrounds in clinical microbiology.
3.It seeks to encourage basic, applied and laboratory research by collaborating with various public and private institution, nationwide and internationally.
4.To organize lectures, seminars/conferences for dissemination of information
5.Evaluate and recommend appropriate laboratory instruments, reagents and test protocol.
6.Organize Quality Assessment and Good Laboratory Practice program to ensure quality among clinical microbiology laboratories.
7.Conduct and supervise workshop, training program and invited lecture to upgrade professional skills and knowledge of clinical microbiology.
8.Release monthly news bulletin dedicated to achievement and service of NACM and publish scholarly journals.
9.Develop enduring relationship with international organizations in the field of clinical microbiology like ASM,Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) etc.
10.Confer award and honor to the distinguished member providing substantial contribution in the field of clinical microbiology in Nepal. Provide honorary membership to the eminent national and international figures.
2019-09-13 to 2019-09-14
We welcome you to the 1st International Microbiology Conference organized by the Nepalese Association of Clinical Microbiologists (NACM) being held at Kathmandu Nepal from the 12th and 13th September 2019. The theme “Man, Microbes and Machine- Finding Solutions Together” seems apt considering the present times’ scenario. Are the microbes really outsmarting us? Is it already time for man to give up and give in? Can man and machine join forces to curb the threat of harmful microbes? Or are there some niche in the microbial world which contains as-of-yet- untapped helpful microbes?
In this conference, we have endeavoured to encompass some of the burning issues almost all of us are faced with in our daily professional lives . Coinciding with the conference date is the World Sepsis Day and what better way to commemorate it than by talking about it? Keeping this in mind, we have thought of sharing our knowledge about sepsis- the how’s, the why’s , the what’s and whatever else it takes to understand and mitigate this most dreaded “inevitable” consequence of providing healthcare which is draining us of our mental and financial faculties.
Another issue challenging us is acute febrile illnesses, emerging and re-emerging diseases. We are aware of the influence of the availability of diagnostics and trained personnel in the burden of these diseases. Let us find out how well versed we are in the One Health concept, or how well trained we are in identifying these diseases at their earliest or how much we are adding to their presence or how we can adopt preventive and remedial measures to contain them.
The eradication of smallpox heralds the golden history and success story of vaccination. How far have we come in understanding the mechanics of certain diseases and developing noble strategies for vaccination requires some discussion. Is reverse vaccinology a helpful revolution or how effective are the regular government programmes for vaccination/immunization or are the anti-vaccination voices being raised now and then gaining momentum?
Infection control takes the centre-stage while thinking of challenging issues. How adept are we in controlling infections or what role we, as microbiologists, can play in controlling infections, health-care associated or community-acquired , should be strongly discussed. We hope that this conference provides a useful platform for discussion of such strong issues.
Which organism causes walking pneumonia and how do we identify the culprit? How often and with what success have we isolated one of the causative agents of Non-gonococcal urethritis, Pelvic inflammatory disease or an STI ? Do people with AIDS have another organism to check off their list of opportunistic pathogens? With increase in the use of air coolers, increase in the number of department stores and high-rise buildings ,are we providing excuses for Legionella to flourish and how do we know of their presence? We hope that answers to these and some more questions regarding Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma and Legionella will be gained through our pre-conference workshop.
A landlocked country amidst 2 rapidly developing corporate giants, China and India, Nepal is a mystical getaway. The birthplace of Lord Buddha and home to a number of world heritage sites, Nepal is aperfect blend of spirituality and natural beauty. So, come to Nepal in order to reconnect, restore and restrengthen your hopes and faiths, scientific or spiritual!!!
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