- More than five million people have speech and hearing impairments, says health mission director
- Prestigious prayer distinctions awarded
Mysore/Mysore: A two-day 53rd National Conference of Indian Speech Language and Hearing Association (ISHA), Mysuru Chapter, has started in All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Manasagangothri campus this morning.
The event, titled ISHACON, started at AIISH’s Knowledge Park and is organized by the Mysuru Indian Speech Language and Hearing Association (MyISHA). Over 1,300 delegates are attending the event which will feature over 16 plenary lectures, 36 oral presentations of research papers and 115 poster presentations.
Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary and Mission Director (National Health Mission), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), New Delhi, opened the conference in virtual mode. In his address, Vikas Sheel said that more than five million citizens have communication disorders.
“However, this number was underestimated in the 2011 census. Many conditions that cause disability are not captured in the census classification for disability. Therefore, the estimated number may be much higher than the national census figures,” he said.
It also shows the breadth of issues that speech-language pathologists and audiologists need to focus on to meet the needs of those who require your health care services. “In fact, the 2017 WHO report shows that people with disabilities do not have access to quality health care due to inadequate infrastructure or inadequate skills of the health care provider. These people need and deserve the same quality of services as other non-disabled people because the added disability impairs their daily functioning,” noted Vikas Sheel.
There are many opportunities to expand services, research and design, innovations and advocacy in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. Over the next few decades, this profession will flourish as an epicenter of groundbreaking research and rehabilitation services. The government is promoting the development of indigenous technology and entrepreneurship through the “Start Up India” and “Make in India” campaigns, the director of the health mission said.
In his keynote address, Dr. M. Jayaram, former Dean of NIMHANS and Speech-Language Pathologist who served as Director of AIISH for six years, explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the education sector and training in lifelong learning. speech and hearing.
“It has irrevocably damaged the training of students in the clinical field. Students not being on campus to do their clinical work and the continued decline in the clinical population present almost to the point of disappearance, has affected the clinical training of students,” he noted.
“Training institutions in India should conduct short intensive clinical training programs in areas where they have greater expertise, to help students. National institutions like AIISH need to show leadership. Affected students should also make visible efforts to redress the situation,” he added.
On occasion, Dr. Jayaram assumed the office of ISHA President from Dr. Y. Krishna, Professor, MAHE, Manipal.
At the conference, three eminent personalities in the field of speech and hearing were honored with prestigious oration awards in recognition of their contribution to the field – Dr. M. Pushpavathi, Director, AIISH, received the Dr. N. Rathna Oration award, Dr. U. Ajith Kumar, Professor of Audiology received the Prof. S. Kameswaran Endowment Oration award and S. Rajapandian received the Prof. RK Oza Oration award. Dr. Kalyani Mandke, Director, Mandke Hearing Services, Pune, received the ‘Bharat Award’ in recognition of her service as President of ISHA in 2011-12.