ROLE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CORONA WARRIORS IN COVID CARE
The roles to be executed by the listed occupational therapists corona warriors, who have volunteered themselves for COVID-19 care, from different states of the country (at sl. no. 31 in the list in the link) has been defined by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
About 500 Occupational therapist corona warriors from AIOTA, listed with Government of India have been entrusted upon the responsibilities to supervise and extend assistance in the following key areas of COVID-19 care and home quarantine:
1. Basics of COVID-19
2. Biomedical Waste Management
3. Clinical Management of COVID-19
4. Community Surveillance
5. Field Supervision &Home Quarantine
6. Hand Washing
7. Infection Prevention and Control
8. Infection Prevention through PPE
9. Management of COVID-19 Cases (SARI, ADRS & Septic Shock)
10. Management of Physical Health and Well-being during Quarantine
11. Psychological Care of Patients
ICHA MITRA PROJECT
The Indian Council of Healthcare Accreditation (ICHA) is the National multi-stakeholder Confederation of National Associations/ Institutions for establishing validated excellence in healthcare in India. The AIOTA is the founder member organization of ICHA since its inception in 2004. The Council launched its ICHA-MITRA (Friend) project to help the Corona Warriors - From Fear to Care. It aims to generate a city wise and region wise database of volunteers/nodal coordinators who would be able to render help to any Corona Warrior seeking help and support. National association is working along with ICHA to ensure the greatest needs of front-line health care workers which include access to care, financial support, proper nourishment, and physical activity (ICHA, 2020). ICHA MITRA Banner with the information link is made available on AIOTA Website for information to occupational therapy corona warriors.
March 6-7 2021
It will be for the first-time that AIOTA Conference will be held virtually. The 58th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapists’ Association is being organized as e-Conference on March 6 & 7, 2021 with international participation. The theme of the conference is ‘Responding to Challenges in Pandemic: Exploring New Horizons in Occupational Therapy’. The conference will also have challenging scope of Students’ exciting cultural events.
The Keynote Speaker for this conference will be Marilyn Pattison- WFOT President.
Kit Sinclair- Editor WFOT Bulletin and Ritchard Ledgard- Executive Director- WFOT have also consented to deliver Guest Lecture in this event of repute for occupational therapy professionals in India and overseas. Dean ACOT Dr. Jyothika Bijlani is the Organizing Secretary and Executive Editor IJOT Dr. Lakshmanan Sethuraman is Chairman Scientific Program. President AIOTA –Dr. Anil Srivastava is the Organizing Chairman of OTICON 2021.
WEB COURSE ON ERGONOMICS: OFFICE, HOSPITAL & SCHOOL
The Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT) has very successfully conducted AIOTA’s three days web course on ‘Ergonomics: Office, Hospital & School’ The web course was dispersed into two modules:
1st & 2nd August, 2020- Module 1 (Office Ergonomics)
8th August, 2020- Module 2 (Hospital & School Ergonomics)
Dr. Amol Sangekar, Occupational Therapists & Certified Ergonomist from Mumbai was the resource faculty.
E-SCIENTIA ON 'REIMAGINE DOING: INNOVATIONS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY'
To commemorate the World OT Day (Oct. 27) and AIOTA's OTIndia Month-2020 (Oct. 27-Nov. 26), UP Branch of AIOTA & Academic Council of OT in collaboration with Santosh OT College, Santosh University, Ghaziabad successfully organised E-Scientia on 27-28 October 2020. It was attended by 915 participants from Occupational therapy, medical and Allied Healthcare areas.
The Theme of this e-event was 'Reimagine Doing: Innovations in Occupational Therapy'. Dr. Nathan Vyatlingam (Malaysia), Dr. Harsh Vardhan (New Zealand), Dr. Shovan Saha (Manipal), Dr. Ravi Raj Shettty, Dr. Manjusha Wagal, Dr. Priya Tawde & Dr. Pratibha Vaidya (Mumbai) Dr. Manish Samnani (Gurugram) and Dr. Neeraj Mishra (Davangere) were the resource faculties on various areas of post pandemic occupational therapy intervention. Dr. Jyothika Bijlani-Dean ACOT was Principal Coordinator and Dr. Shivani Bharadwaj, Asst. Prof. Santosh OT College; Ghaziabad was the Organizing Convener of E-Scientia. President AIOTA Dr. Anil Srivastava delivered inaugural address.
NEW OT COLLEGES IN THE STATE OF KERALA
Two new Occupational Therapy Colleges imparting BOT Courses are incepted in the State of Kerala. These courses are approved by the Government for the following institutions:
1. National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) in Thiruvananthapuram
2. National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR) in Iringalakuda.
These will be the first OT Programs in the State of Kerala. It could be made possible due to sincere and sustained hard work by Hon. Secretary AIOTA Dr. Joseph Sunny and the members of Kerala Branch of AIOTA.
WHO PROJECT ON REHABILITATION INTERVENTIONS FOR ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE
WHO -2020 project to develop a Package of Rehabilitation Interventions for Ischemic Heart Disease has concluded in October 27, 2020. This project took about 6 months to complete. On recommendation from AIOTA, Dr. Shashi Oberai Ex-Officio Executive Official of AIOTA was representing WFOT for this valuable project in respect to occupational therapy.
She has received certificate from WHO with a note of appreciation from Alexandra Rauch- Rehab. Program Coordinator for her expertise, energy and passion, she has put in this project. WFOT has also issued a certificate of appreciation in acknowledgement of representing WFOT in WHO Development Group for Ischemic Heart Disease.
Dr. Anil K. Srivastava
President AIOTA & WFOT Delegate
November 20, 2020