Monday, June 16, 2014

Adolescent health in Thiruvananthapuram

I visited the Government Medical College Thiruvananthapuram as appraiser of examination but with the purpose of initiating a Kerala State Chapter of Indian Association for Adolescent Health. Visited Department of Community Medicine, Child Development Center and Primary Health Center. I learned many things about pioneering work carried out in the field of Adolescent Health by Dr. Nair who established Child Development Center as Separate building in the medical college. Teen Care clinic was established way back in 1997 in Primary Health Center run by Department of Community Medicine. PHC is having triple sources of funding-Medical College, NRHM, and Local Health care management committee involving Mayor, MLA and Panchayat. I witness availability of all drugs, immunization, OPD services, dental clinic, Teen Care Clinic, lab investigation with auto-analyser with full time lab technician. It was training center for various group of students-MBBS & MD Medical, BSc & MSc Nursing, BSc Ophthalmology, BDS.


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