PHIC Expo 2021—an exclusive expo on Public Health kicked off at Hitex today
Updated: Nov 13, 2021
Hyderabad, November 12, 2021: HIC (Public Health Innovations Conclave) Expo
2021—an exclusive expo on Public Health kicked off at Hitex on Friday. It is the second
edition of 3day Public Health Innovations Conclave. It will go on till 14th November. The
public is welcome to visit. The entry is free.
It is a first of its kind in India, featuring innovation, technology and best practices in public
health to deal with “Life after Pandemic”. It has 75 stalls. It has many knowledge sharing
sessions of varied interest on the subject.
First time WHO representatives are participating and deliberating.
It is organized by Hitext in association with the Infection Control Academy of India (IFCAI).
Hitex has also brought many organizations of repute such as PHFI, IMA, IMA-AMS, TSHA,
AiMED, SCSC, HYSEA, TFMC, GHMC, NSIC, DICCI, AIC-CCMB, TSIC, T-Hub, RICH, Aspire
BioNEST, OjasMedTechBioNest on a single platform. Tri Vector, Novotel, Airon, SIDBI and
others are also supporting the event.
Atal Incubation Centre (AIC-CCMB); Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC); T-Hub; Research
and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH) and Aspire BioNEST, OjasMedTechBioNest are
supporting the event as the incubation partners
Addressing the gathering Dr. D. Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman & Founder of AIG Hospitals said doctors see death every day. But, what we saw during the pandemic was different. In some cases, entire families were wiped out.
Doctors themselves didn’t know how to deal with it. We were frightened. It was like a
soldier going to war without weapons. To add to it, WHO predictions were like our weather
predictions. AIG hospitals treated 30,000 covid patients in the last two years, he added.
We found from experience that mask and social distance was more important than hand
hygiene. Public Health is very important. Make public health accessible and economical, he
said. Unlike the earlier speaker, I am optimistic about the future. By next year our lives will
come back to normal. Corona may remain but it will become like a common cold. Covid is
not a tragedy, but it is a teacher, it taught us many lessons, he said.
Life after a pandemic is still unpredictable, said Dr. Anuj Sharma, Technical Officer, who is a
country officer for India. We were making recommendations on a ship under construction
we were moving in, he told.
Initially, our recommendations went wrong. But you see WHO doesn’t make any
recommendations on its own. We do so based on the recommendations by the experts.
When something is new and evolving chances of errors are there, he said. Antimicrobial
Resistance is the new pandemic which is under building now silently and he cautioned about
the same. He gave 3Ws and 2Vs for safer living. The 3 Ws include: Wear Mask; Watch
Distance and Wash Hands and the 2 Vs are Vaccination and Ventilation.
Dr. Ranga Reddy Burri, President of IFCAI-Infection Control Academy of India said every
crisis provides significant learnings and an opportunity. I hope we do not forget and get into
old routines and fail to carry these life-changing learnings to our future. COVID19 also
provided us with the opportunity to discover new innovative approaches for healthcare
delivery to promote accessibility, availability, and affordability of quality care.
Dr. K. Shankar, Director of Preventive Medicine, Govt of Telangana said all Govt Hospitals in
Telangana are equipped with oxygen pipelines. Vaccines will not protect from the virus but
protect from death. By 2022 January, we will have a normal life, he said.
Dr GVS Murthy, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health revealed that when he was
asked to remove mask and speak at the 1st PHIC Conclave last, I was hesitant. Today, I can
remove my mask and speak. That is the change from last year to this year. Public Health
needs incubation time. Smallpox and Polio took some time to disappear. Covid also needs
such time, he said. I am optimistic about life after the pandemic, he said. Indian scientists
are gradually hogging the limelight globally. 2% of the global top 500 scientists are Indian
and within that 30 are from Hyderabad. Hyderabad has become a go-to place for public
health in fighting against the pandemic, he added.
Some of the exhibitors include Tri Vector, Pratham Industries, Air Vitamin, T-Works
Foundation, Trivector Biomet, Vishal Surgical Equipment, Ledchip Indus Pvt. Ltd; Alon Scott
Industries Ltd and others.
Some of the novel and innovative products showcased include Airon range of products that
eliminate viral, bacterial and fungal infections from the air.
Hyderabad based Ledchip Indus Pvt. Ltd developed “Raypure harmless “non-UV”
Light”, which kills bacteria and gives light too. Hyderabad based Centre for Cellular
Molecular Biology (CCMB), the premier research organization validated that 95% of the
Covid-19 virus is reduced in 60 minutes. According to its innovator, Mr Vijay Gupta,
Managing Director of LED chip Indus Pvt. It is the novel Non-UV Disinfection System, proven
HydroCleaner is an eco-friendly cleaning and disinfectant solution, is a product from Swiss
start-up SymbioSwiss with a joint venture with Forbes Marshall. It an innovative chemical-
free disinfectant, eco-friendly surface disinfectant which just uses air, water and electrodes
to produce disinfectant solution at much cheaper price than chemicals and environmentally
The expo features Medical Equipment, Laboratory Technology; Hospital & Surgical Products Digital Health Solutions; Real-time monitoring devices; Infection prevention and control Products; Hygiene and sanitization products; Air Sterilization and Air Purifier Products;
Water Treatment and Water Purifier Products; Sewage Treatment Plant(STP) etc and