We provide all services under the National Health Mission of the Government of Tamilnadu……….more

Integrated Disease Surveillance Project

It is a decentralized, State based Surveillance Program in the country. It is intended to detect early warning signals of impending outbreaks and help initiate an effective response in a timely manner. Major components of the project are : (1) Integrating and decentralization of surveillance activities; (2) Strengthening of public health laboratories; (3) Human Resource Development (4) Use of Information Technology for collection, collation, compilation, analysis and dissemination of data.Our project implementation is through the Surveillance Unit at our college under the Community Medicine & Microbiology Departments .  The information is collected on three specified reporting formats, namely “S” (suspected cases), “P” (presumptive cases) and “L” (Laboratory confirmed cases) filled by Health Workers, Clinician and Clinical Laboratory staff. The weekly data gives the time trends. Whenever there is a rising trend of illnesses in any area, it is investigated by the Medical Officers / Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to diagnose and control the outbreak. Emphasis is being laid on reporting of surveillance data. On an average we report 1-2 outbreaks are reported every quarter to Central Surveillance Unit, Greener areas in the project are Non Communicable Diseases Risk Factor Survey currently being conducted in our unit. The survey is slated to be conducted every 3 months to cover our catchment population. IDSP also supports activities related to Avian Influenza, Swine Flu (H1N1) control.

District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC)

This is a new initiative of the National Health Mission under Govt of Tamilnadu to identify children with diseases of defects and diagnoses and chart the management of such diseases or disorders. Following the initial step of screening of children from birth to 18 years of age group for selected health conditions including Defects at Birth, Deficiencies, Diseases & Developmental delays including disabilities under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karkyakram (RBSK) through trained and dedicated Mobile Health Teams, the next vital step is confirmation of preliminary findings, referral support, management and follow up. Under RBSK, these activities viz. confirmation, management, referral, tracking & follow-up, needs to be planned according to the age group of the child. The early intervention centers are to be established at the District Hospital level across the country as District Early Intervention Centers (DEIC). The purpose of DEIC is to provide referral support to children detected with health conditions during health screening, primarily for children up to 6 years of age group. A team consisting of Pediatrician, Medical officer, Staff Nurses, Paramedics will be engaged to provide services. There is also a provision for engaging a manager who would carry out mapping of tertiary care facilities in Government institutions for ensuring adequate referral support. The funds will be provided under NHM for management at the tertiary level at the rates ¬fixed by State Governments in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.Thus, the DEIC will be the hub of all activities, will act as a clearing house and also provide referral linkages.

Adolescent Health Care Program

This program involves the medical college in adolescent health, to be continued in the current year to sensitize the medical and paramedical students towards the issues in Adolescent Health. The program at our institute envisages

  • Early intervention against the root cause of maternal anemia.
  • Adolescent Friendly Health Services Modules for School children
  • Counselor service through the Teen Clinics where in the 3rd year medical graduate students and nursing students train in adolescent health.
  • Psychological & Social Support for teen issues.