President’s Message

Friends, at the outset, I feel honored to be before you as the President of the august association, I am paying my respect to my teachers and my late parents. Also I would love to express my deepest gratitude to every member of IAP,Kerala Chapter, for reposing faith in me by electing me to the highest post of the Academy. It is with great honour I accept this post. I am really overwhelmed by your support and affection. I am aware that this honour brings with it tons of responsibilities. I promise you all, my sincere efforts to achieve all possible targets and milestones.
.On this day let us remember the contribution made by our esteemed seniors in the last many years to make it such a vibrant body with high standards in academics.
I will try my level best to improve its ties with the government so that it becomes a mandatory partner to all the child health policies and advocacies., I have envisaged few programs under the support of “IAPs Presidential Action Plan 2016-17, a blend of some new and some old”. Can we now have a look at a small presentation on the same?

Slide 2- I take this opportunity to ack. The past national presidents past state presidents and other great leaders who have taken this organization to its heights.

Slide-3 &4 My team
.” I look forward to work with my fellow excecutive members. Collectively they bring an incredible cross section of knowledge and expertise. I know that I speak on their behalf when I commit to our collective dedication to gain the momentum needed to advance the goals of IAP.Let me introduce my team to you
The new office bearers for the year 2017 are

  • Vice President – Dr V Parameswaran
  • Secretary – Dr I Riaz
  • Joint secretary – Dr D.Balachander
  • Treasurer – Dr Johny Sebastian
  • Editor Companion – Dr M vijayakumar
  • Website Editor – Dr Shibu Kizhakkathara
  • Pres Elect – Dr Mohammed Kunju
  • Vice pres eElect – Dr M Narayanan


SLIDE 5- Indian academy of Pediatrics /IAP gets another version through the project I wish to implement this current year 2017.This is the pioneer project I wish to place before you with multifaceted benefits like Individual, Academic and Public .

Slide 6- Membership is the back bone of any organization. I request the members to enroll maximum members to our IAP and also to the most prestigious project the FBS -a project from our own state. I wish to get10 % increase in IAP membership & 25 % increase in FBS. For which I propose cash Prizes and recognition to the members and to the branches for enrolling the maximum and enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Slide 7- Academic Benefit / APL

A– The use of antibiotics is alarmingly high in our day today practice. To make aware of our pediatricians about the rational use of antibiotics, we propose to have at least one CME in every branch, exclusively on antibiotic abuse. .The CD for the purpose will be distributed. More over IAP is a core committee member of the” Antibiotic stewardship policy of Govt. of Kerala ‘” & IAP office bearers attended the first National symposium held at hotel Crown Plazza Cochin.
P-We come across with various types of poisoning in our day today practice .A standard protocol regarding the treatment will be framed and distributed to all our members.
L-Learning disability one of the major problem in our day today practice .We are in real darkness how to tackle this . I propose to have three state level TOTs in three zones, for practicing pediatricians.

SLIDE 8 – The BPL indicates BLS training, Prevention of substance abuse and Life skill training.

B– BLS training – programme beyond pediatrics .Incidents of road accidents is alarmingly high. The victims are mainly youth and that too by two wheelers.Awareness programme by Govt and non govt agencies are regular. But it is sad to note the high speed, violation of traffic rules and use of drugs play a pivotal role in the high statistics.The age 18 and plus is a time of experiencing the thrill in driving. But everybody forget the way of handling the victim which is an important cause for the high mortality. Considering this matter the IAP implements a plan to give Basic Life Support to group of Higher Secodary and college Students across the State through our 22 branches in Kerala.
P-Prevention of substance abuse:- According to statistics Kerala stands second in Substance abuse . Hence Gods own country Kerala will be renamed as Drugs own country shortly . Seventy-four per cent children in Kerala use tobacco and othert drugs , according to a recent multi-state survey conducted by National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre . As per the National Survey on Extent, Pattern and Trends of Drug abuse in India conducted by the Centre in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the current prevalence rates within the age group of 12-18 years was Alcohol (21.4%), Cannabis (3%), Opiates (0.7%) and any illicit drug (3.6%).The survey reported that students at the secondary/higher secondary level are vulnerable to slipping into drug abusing due to distress factors and peer influence.
The incidents of drug abuse and alcohol consumption is geometrically increasing in younger age group.. To make awareness about the side effects and to prepare students to act against this great evil IAP is launching a State wide awareness programme. We wish to project A short film“ Blooming Buds” to create an awareness among teachers ,parents and students which will be previewed this evening, followed by PPT presentation Our aim is to cover a minimum of 1000 institutions. I have already met the excise minister, education secretary and the secretary to Chief Minister for their endorsement.
L-Life skill training -Lack of quality skills that are required for a child to grow into a global citizen of the country capable of managing self and contributing to the society motivated me to develop a comprehensive package that can be readily adapted by schools and colleges. .Life skills training is an effective tool for empowering the youth to act responsibly, take initiative and take control. Each workshop is specially designed to impart a particular skill


The goal of this is to attain IMR by 8 in 2020 and 6 by 2030. NMR by 12 by 2020 and 8 by 2030 and under 5 mortality by 6 -2020, 4-2030.Preliminary discussion was conducted at Thiruvananthapuram along with the members of NHM , UNICEF ,HOD’s of Medical Colleges ,Senior consultants from Private sector and IAP members.

Slide 10 – Social Commitment Survey conducted in Kerala shows only 67 % mothers start breast feeding in the first 2 hrs and 59% mothers stick on to exclusive braesat feeding To achieve the SDG, the basic point is to implement 100 % exclusive breast feeding. I appeal to all pediatricians to motivate the management of child & maternity hospitals to provide a feeding room and post a lactation counselor The efforts put forward by our predecessors are slowly rooting in the society Hence we have to put maximum effort to reach the goal of 100% immunization. . Adolescent immunization is another area where we should give more emphasis .

Slide 11 – BFHI Programme Recertification

Study conducted through various institutions showed that mothers use supplementary feeding. And the 10 points of BFHI has been diluted . to make aware about exclusive breast feeding ,IAP proposes to recertify the BFHI institution.

Slide 12

We wil have Three Zonal conferences with an idea to extend more involvement to smaller branches I wish to propose three zonal conferences as a state level program me in the three zones. The idea is to give more importance to general pediatrics. and the basics.

Slide 13

The first step towards achieving the level of efficiency is to assess which meetings to replace.IAP Kerala has 15 chapters and three working groups.It has become a perennial problem to delegate meetings and it would be convenient if the annual conference is made biennial. The obvious reasons to have fewer meetings include the fact that they monopolize the time of any group and eat into hours where real productive work not gets done. .

Slide 14 – Revival of New Born Insurance.

Kerala IAP has launched New Born Insurance in 2010 with United India Insurance Co… Later it was witdrawn. Because of High tech facility and the need of sophisticated treatment modalities the cost of care is very high. We had a discussion with the NHM director about this and will make a follow up on this matter.

Slide 15 – Birth Defect Registry.

The Birth Defects Registry is a statewide program that collects and analyzes information on children with birth defects. By collecting information for a statewide registry, public health officials hope to identify health, environmental and genetic risk factors which could lead to pinpointing the causes and prevalence of birth defects.One of the major factor of IMR is Congenital problems. All the pediatricians across the state should report to this cell .Councelling the couples should be made more effective.

Slide – 16

POCSO act.- The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was formulated in order to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children
Even though Govt and NGO s are involved in awareness programmes in preventing Child sexual abuse it remains as a fact that the incidence is towering.The misuse of this act incidences.,Every morning gives a pathetic picture of such sexual abuse. . Every pediatrician must be aware of the POCSO act . It is mandatory that such cases should be informed to the police dept..

Slide 17

While all of these activities sound impressive, the real joy of my tenure will be the active participation from all our members.
True friends are considered to be the most valuable asset that a person can possess. A true friend realizes your need and comes forward to help you voluntarily without any hope of getting back anything in return from you. Such friends are of course very rare, but they are here in IAP.I take this opportunity to acknowledge them before this august audience.
They rushed beside me,supported me when I was in distress. Myself and my family join together to offer our gratefulness for your help during our family crisis. Your daily inquiries made us know how much you cared. We looked forward for your calls. Ofcourse these events have brought us all closer together, and I am thankful to have friends like you.

I also place on record my deep appreciation and gratitude to each and every member of IAP for their support and advices.I also wish to express my sincere thanks to the org. committee of Kerala Pedicon for their un tiring effort to make this conf at par with national level. No doubt the venue ,academic content, hospitality food, and all the programmes are superb. I salute each one of you and every one of you for the excellent arrangements.
I will conclude by praying to the Almighty God to bestow His choicest blessings upon the entire pediatric fraternity of the IAP, the children of this country, and upon this conference so that it becomes immortal to be cherished forever..I also seek the blessings of my teachers so that these dreams can be made real;The lines of the great poet Robert Frost reminds me of my duties and obligations
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Let me conclude with a quote from the Holybook “The Bhagavat Gita” :
“Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world;
By devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life.”
Thank you very much Thank you
Jai IAP-Jai Hind