Continued Medical Education (CME) training program conducted by Indian Medical Association (IMA) in association with BASF & National Poison


Information Centre (NPIC), AIIMS -New Delhi

 Virtual training on the principles of diagnosis, management & treatment of accidental agrochemical poisoning

 250 Doctors and medical students participated from across India

Indian Medical Association (IMA) in association with BASF & National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC), AIIMS- New Delhi conducted an exclusive virtual training on Continuing Medical Education (CME) for 250 doctors and medical students. The objective of the training was to provide a refresher on the diagnosis & treatment protocols and support the medical fraternity on handling incidents of accidental agrochemical poisoning, as per approved protocols.

Agriculture, with its allied sectors, is the largest source of livelihoods in India. 70 percent of Indian rural households still depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihood and with more than 100 million farmers in India, there are instances of accidental agrochemical poisoning incidents. Doctors and medical staff at the primary health centers and local hospitals are the front-line respondents for managing and tackling such unfortunate incidents. Therefore, it is imperative that accurate identification, proper diagnosis and prompt treatment is done within the first few hours of any incident.

Dr. Debabrata Kanungo, a Global Expert on Medico Toxicology, Human Health Risk Assessment and Food Safety conducted the in-depth training. Through specific case studies he explained the protocols on handling various poisoning scenarios and the corresponding treatment. The training also offered vital information on the principles of diagnosis, management & treatment of accidental agrochemical poisoning.

Highlighting the importance of continued medical education, Dr. Sahajanand Prasad Singh, National President, IMA (HQ) said, “Learning is a never-ending process, staying updated with the latest advancements in medical sciences is critical for medical practitioners and this training program by IMA will support doctors in diagnosis & treatment of accidental agrochemical poisoning incidents. At IMA, we extend our appreciation to BASF for proposing and supporting this training on an important topic impacting the farmers our country. As a responsible crop protection solution provider, it highlights BASF’s commitment towards farmer safety.”

“Farming is the biggest job on earth. At BASF, we are extremely honored to support the esteemed Indian Medical Association (IMA) & National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) as they serve our farmers in the event of any unfortunate incidents. While we as an industry leader in agriculture endeavor to educate farmers on responsible, safe and ethical management aspects through our ‘Suraksha Hamesha’ initiative, we know that it takes a concerted effort for everyone to support our farmer. We sincerely thank the IMA and NPIC for involving us in their training sessions”, said Rajendra Velagala, Business Director, Agricultural Solutions, South Asia, BASF.

About Indian Medical Association (IMA)

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is the largest represented organization of Doctor of Modern System of medicine in India which looks after the interests of doctors as well as the wellbeing of the community at large. It was established in 1928 as the All India Medical Association and was renamed the Indian Medical Association in 1930. It is a society registered under The Societies Act of India. The Indian Medical Association has approximately 350,000 member doctors in 1,700 active local branches in 29 states and union territories in India. It is the largest association of medical doctors in India.