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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,


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

friendly too.

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



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