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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

Amala Nagar PO, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA - 680555

COMMUNITY MEDICINE

Department started functioning since 2nd September 2003. At present, the staff position is - One Professor, One Associate Professor, Five Assistant Professors including one epidemiologist, One each of Lecturer in Statistics, Statistician, Medical Officer in charge of UHC, Lady Medical Officer in charge of RHC, Technical Assistant, Health Educator, Two Public Health Nurses, One Medico-social Worker, Three Health Inspectors including one Lady Health Inspector, Two Lab Technicians and Three Attenders. The Department is running a Rural Health Training Centre, at Kallur, an Urban Training Centre (UHC) at Patturaikkal and "ARCH" (Amala Rural Community Health) Clinic inside Amala Hospital for the residents of nearby adopted panchayaths.

ARCH Clinic Timings

8 AM to 4 PM. The department organises free medical camps in various parts of Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad Districts, wherein specialists examine patients and provide appropriate treatment.

Activities

» Under Graduate Training:

The training of the undergraduate commences from the 1st Semester onwards and comes to a close at the end of the 7th Semester. The course content includes Theory Classes, Discussions, Seminars, Research Projects, Clinico-Social Case Study, Health Education Talks, Laboratory and Field work as well as Family Health Surveys, Nutritional Assessment Surveys including Diet Surveys, Training in Entomology, Parasitology, Statistics and Epidemiological Exercises. They also visit public health institutions such as office of the District Medical Officer, District TB Centre (DTC), Employee's State Insurance Hospital, Leprosy Rehabilitation centre, Peripheral Health Institutions such as Community Health Centers (CHC), Primary Health Centre (PHC), Anganwadis and Sub-Centers. They also visit Water Purification Plant, Cotton Mill, Solid Waste Management System, Sewage Treatment Plant and Biomedical Waste Management Plants. The Compulsory Rotating Residential Internship is of two months' duration which includes postings at Rural Health Centre, Urban Health Centre, ARCH Clinic and peripheral hospitals. The accent will be on training them in primary health care to enable them for delivery of basic health care.

» Post graduate Training:

Commenced in the year 2010 with an annual intake of 3 students for MD Community Medicine. Training includes imparting expertise in the following areas - To prepare Community Physicians of highest caliber who have basic understanding of clinical practice, a thorough knowledge of epidemiological principles and methods and the epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, a familiarity with statistical methods, the relevant aspects of the social sciences and the principles of administration and management and the ability to apply this knowledge to the management of health services and the study of diseases.

» Urban Health Training Centre (UHC) - Patturaikkal:

The service area of UHC Patturaikkal comprises of 8 wards of Thrissur Municipal Corporation catering to more than 50,000 population. The service of a senior Medical Officer is available at the centre. A baseline socio-demographic survey of the area was done and a report was compiled which contained all relevant demographic and socio-economic data of the area and is being updated at regular intervals. The average OP attendance is about 30-40 per day. The patients are given free medical care including basic drugs. Laboratory services are provided at subsidized rates. Special clinics are conducted frequently like diabetes screening, bone density determination, alzheimers detection, etc.

» Rural Health Training Centre - Kallur:

This centre started in September 2008 is about 21 km from the college. This centre catering to a rural population of more than 30,000, is a 10-bed hospital with daily average of 60 to 100 OP attendance.

Other Services

Department organizes free medical camps in various parts of Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad Districts, wherein specialists examine patients and provide appropriate treatment. The average attendance in these camps is in the range of 300-400. The department is regularly conducting Health Education sessions in schools, "Mahilasamajams" and also for other local organizations. During the outbreak of Chickungunya in 2007, our team rendered medical care in the affected areas of Kottayam District. The health care of SOS Village of Mulayam located 20 km from AIMS, where orphans and widows are sheltered and cared for, is being looked after by our department. We have trained the foster mothers and school teachers in primary health care including ophthalmic screening. During the last monsoon season, we also organized Health Education programme at Kadappuram Panchayat near Chavakkad, which is a backward area inhabited mainly by fishermen community. An extensive campaign was initiated against the habit of Pan Parag chewing among school children in 2006. We also extend support to various NGOs for the conduct of medical camps, cancer screening camps, blood donation camps, health education sessions, etc.

In 2012, ARCH Programme was proposed to expose the students to the harsh ground level realities in various spheres of human existence, be it social, economic, environmental or health related and equip them to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner. In support of this programme, an ARCH Clinic has been started in the out-patient department of Amala Hospital which functions from 8 AM to 4 PM. Services offered includes basic medical care to people from the field area with free essential medicines and referral services. A RNTCP DOTS centre and designated microscopy centre with a MO, lab technician and a TB health visitor is also functional in same OP complex. In addition, an Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre under the auspices of Kerala State Aids Control Society through which HIV AIDS detection and counseling services are provided free of charge. A Staff & Students clinic functioning under the department extends medical care to staff and students and also undertakes preplacement and periodic examination of staff members as required. Special emphasis is placed on screening of food handlers of the various food establishments on the campus including those of the student hostels.

The department is also conducting an annual State Level Quiz in Community Medicine for under-graduate students of all the medical colleges in Kerala.


Faculty Details

NameDesignationPG Qualification
and Year
Post PG
Teaching Experience
Date of Birth 
Dr. C R Saju Professor & HODMD Community Medicine, 199712 years23-10-1962Profile
Dr. John George TAssociate ProfessorMD Community Medicine, 199111 years22-08-1954Profile
Dr. Vivin VincentAssociate ProfessorMD Community Medicine, 20124 years11-03-1981Profile
Dr. V.T.Krishna Das MenonAssistant ProfessorMD Community Medicine, 20025 years11-03-1965Profile
Dr. Navya C JAssistant ProfessorMD Community Medicine, 20142years 5 months16-04-2984Profile
Dr. Jenyz M MundodanAssistant ProfessorMD Community Medicine, 20151 year 6months20-02-1985Profile
Ms.Jini M.P.M.Sc.20078 year 6months31-05-1983Profile

Dr. Saju C R

Project works associated : (1) Nodal Officer for AMALA-UNICEF Project on "Facts for Life" (2011-2012). (2) "Evaluation of Pulse Polio Program" conducted by IndiaCLEN (Indian Clinical Epidemiology Network a branch of International Clinical Epidemiology Network) in 1999 and 2000. (3) "Evaluation of Family Health Awareness Campaign" conducted by IndiaCLEN. (4) Project coordinator, WHO project on Hospital Waste Management at the Institute of Maternal and Child Health, Calicut Medical College, India. (5) AMALA-UNICEF Project on Timely Achievement of Targets Related to MDGs (2010). (6) AMALA-UNICEF Project on HIV/AIDS Awareness among adolescents (2010). (7) AMALA-UNICEF Project on Dissemination of SOWC Information (2009).

Topic presentations: 1) "Epidemiology of Malaria" at Indian Medical Association conference. 2) "Epidemiology of Rabies" at Indian Medical Association conference. 3) "Epidemiology of AIDS" at CME of Dental surgeons, King Khalid Hospital Hail.4) "Prevention of deliberate epidemics" at symposium on Medical Counter-measures against weapons of mass destruction. King Khalid Hospital Hail.

Paper presentation: "Auto transfusion" at conference of International College of Surgeons, South India chapter.

Articles Published: (1) Functional Analysis of Nurses in a Teaching Hospital - Amala Research Bulletin 2010.(2) Climate change and Health (Bulletin of IPHA). (3) Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in health (Bulletin of IPHA).


Training Courses:

1) "Epidemiological methods" - Vellore Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India.
2) "Sterilization and Infection prevention" course conducted by Sterilization and infection prevention unit of Mecca Al Mokaramah region.

Memberships

1) State General Secretary of Indian Public Health Association, Kerala Chapter
2) State Working Committee member of IMA, Kerala
3) Member of National Academy of Public Health
4) Travancore - Cochin Medical council India
5) Saudi Council for Medical Specialities

Dr. John George T

Qualification: MBBS from TD Medical College, Alappuzha in 1981. DPH from Trivandrum Medical College in 1988. MD (Community Medicine) from Trivandrum Medical College in 1991.

Experience: Joined Amala Institute of Medical Sciences as Assistant Professor in 2005.Promoted as Associate Professor in 2010

Dr. I D Charudathan

Registrations

Travancore - Cochin Medical Council, India

Dr. Krishnadas Menon

Trainings

Participated in a management training conducted jointly by WHO and Centre for Disease Control Atlanta
Participated in a Rapid Response Team training in response to epidemics and pandemics conducted by WHO and Govt. of India
Imparted training to hundreds of health staff regarding vaccination for pulse polio program
Imparted training to doctors regarding pulse polio program
Conducted workshops for AFP surveillance among health staff, doctors both Government and Private

Dr. Vivin Vincent

Project works associated

1) Senior Field Investigator for the study - In-depth analysis of Cold Chain, Vaccine Supply And Logistics Management or Routine Immunization In Three Indian States: an IPEN study supported by INCLEN TRUST, BILL & MELINDA GATES foundation and Dept of Kerala Health Services
2) Regional PEID Cell Coordinator for Evaluation of Mass Drug Administration in Kerala in 2012 & 2013
3) AMALA-UNICEF Project on Behaviour Change Communication in Post Natal mothers 2012

Training courses

1) Certificate in Basic Course in Medical Education Technologies (Teachers' Training) from MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDA - Regional Centre, Government Medical College, Kozhikode
2) Training course on basic health economics and financing held at NIHFW, New Delhi, 2009
3) IDSP Training Program, 2013

CME / Conferences attended

1) International conference on health systems strengthening, 2010
2) 23rd Annual conference of Karnataka association of community health, 2011
3) 30th National Conference of IAPSM, 2011
4) 21st National Conference of Indian Society of Hypertension
5) Mid-term CME of Indian Psychiatric Society
6) RNTCP Zonal task force workshop, 2013 / 2012
7) Special National Course on health promotion, BITS Pilani, 2010
8) Workshop on Hospital acquired infection control, 2010
9) RNTCP state task force, 2012
10) Research methodology workshop, Chidambaram, 2009
11) State level planning workshop on intensified pulse polio immunization program, Trivandrum, 2013

Academic programs organized

- Research Methodology Workshop, Amala Medical College, Thrissur
- Inter-Collegiate Quiz Competition 2013, Amala Medical College, Thrissur
- ICTC Sensitization Programme, AMALA Institute of Medical Sciences, 2013

Paper Presentations

1) Study on old age problem in urban area of Chidambaram
2) First aid and basic life support, 2012

Positions Holding

1) Nodal Officer for RNTCP, DOTS Centre, Amala Medical College
2) ICTC Co-ordinator, ICTC Centre, Amala Medical College
3) Member of District TB Forum, Thrissur District

Registrations

1) Travancore - Cochin Medical Council, India
2) Tamil Nadu Medical Council

Dr. Jaya K V

Academic programs organized

- Research Methodology Workshop, 2012 Govt Medical College, Thrissur
- Inter-collegiate Quiz Compettion 2013, Amala Medical College, Thrissur
- ICTC Sensitization Programme, AMALA Institute of Medical Sciences, 2013

Project works associated

In-depth analysis of Cold Chain, Vaccine Supply And Logistics Management or Routine Immunization in three Indian States: an IPEN study supported by INCLEN TRUST, BILL & MELINDA GATES foundation and Dept of Kerala Health Services

CME / Workshops / Conferences Attended

- 9th MDRF-UAB International Seminar on Prevention & Control of Non-Communicable Disease - Conducted by Madras Diabetic Research Foundation, Chennai and University of Alabama Birmingham, USA, supported by National Institute of Health USA, 2011 in Chennai.
- International Conference on Health and Development: Issues, Strategies & Option, Department of Applied Economics, School of Development Study, Kannur University, 2008.
- Short course on Fundamentals of Biostatistics & SPSS, CMC Vellore, 2008
- National Seminar On 21st Century Medical Education in India, Kanyakumari, 2008
- National Conference of IPHA, KIMS, Bangalore, 2009
- 56th Annual National Conference of IPHA, Kochi, 2012

  • Workshop on developing guidelines for Intra-Dermal Rabies Vaccination in Kerala, Trivandrum, 2008
  • RNTCP Training Program, Institute of Chest Disease, Govt Medical College, Kozhikode, 2008
  • CME on HIV/AIDS by KSACS, Kozhikode, 2008
  • Annual Conference and CME on Tuberculosis, Kozhikode ,2008
  • Workshop on Research Methology in Health Sciences, Health Action By People, PSBH, Trivandrum ,2008
  • CME on IDRV kerala , Dept of Community Medicine, Govt Medical College, Kozhikkode, 2009
  • Workshop on the use of Zinc & Low Osmolar ORS in the Management of Diarrhioea, Govt Medical College Kozhikode, supported by UNICEF, 2009
  • Workshop on Facts for Life, UNICEF India & Dept of Community Medicine, Govt Medical College, Kozhikode, 2011
  • CME on Current Trends in the Pharmacotherapy of Life Style Disorders, Kozhikode, 2011
  • Workshop on Research Methodology, Govt Medical College, Thrissur, 2012
  • CME on International Classification of Disease, ICD-10, by DHS Kerala, Trivandrum, 2012
  • Research Methodolgy Workshop, Dept of Community Medicine, Amala Medical Collge, 2013
  • IDRV & RIG sensitization- Dept of Community Medicine, Govt Medical College, Kozhikkode
  • Workhop on Solid Waste Management organized by Ministry of Environment & Forest and Dept of Community Medicine, Kozhikode as a part of National Environment Awareness Program, 2010
  • CME on MDR & XDR TB, Department of Chest, Govt Medical College, Kozhikode
  • AEFI workshop - Department of Pedeatrics, Govt Medical College, Kozhikode
  • World Health Day 2010, Urbanization & Health - IMA, Kozhikode
  • Pulse Polio Sensitization programme - Kozhikode & Thrissur
  • IDSP training, 2013, Thrissur

Participated Activities

1) COPCORD - WHO study on Rheumatoskeletomuscular Disorders, Kozhikode
2) Migrant Workers Project, Govt Medical College, Kozhikode
3) Screening for Food Handlers
4) Outbreak Investigations - Meningitis (Malappuram) - Hepatitis A among hostel students, Kozhikode - Mumps in school (Kozhikkode)
5) Study of Iodine Content in Salts used in Medical Colleges of India by AIIMS, Delhi
6) Endosulfan study done by Department of Community Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode
7) Malaria FIR & Malaria case management - Govt Medical College, Kozhikode & Thrissur
8) HINI Survellance & Management - Govt Medical College , Kozhikode
9) Assists in Thesis & other research activities of Post Graduates
10) MDA evaluation, 2008, 2009
11) Involved In Health surveillance System - IDSP, PEID Cell

Case investigation

- Team member of different epidemic investigation (Rabies death)

Training courses

Certificate in Basic Course in Medical Education Technologies (Teachers' Training) from MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA - Regional Center, Govt Medical College, Kozhikode

Publications

1. Naveen Ramesh, Catherine Nisha, Andre Mary Josephine, Seena Thomas, Bobby Joseph. A study on quality of work life among nurses in a medical college hospital in Bangalore. Nat Jour of Comm Med: 2013;4( 3) 471-474
2. Rodrigues S, Catherin N, pretesh RK, Naveen R, Joseph B. Health profile of employees working at a National Park, Bangalore. Nat. Jour Res Comm Med. 2014;3(1) 17-24
3. Catherin N, Naveen R, Joseph B. Prevalence of occupational health problems among female hospital health assistants working in a rural hospital, Ramanagara District, Karnataka. Jour of Heal Manag. 2014;16(3) 381-385
4. Johnson AR, Catherin N, Navya CJ, Treesa SR, Lija SR, Rashmi JR. Low birth weight and associated factors in a rural maternity hospital, Bangalore. Nat Jour of Comm Med: 2014;3(3)260-265
5. Naveen Ramesh, Catherin Nisha, Shiji K Jose. Knowledge regarding childhood asthma among mothers of asthmatic children presenting to a selected hospital, Bangalore, South India. Nat Jour of research in Comm Med: 2014;3(3)224-229
6. Jerome S. N, Catherin N, Sulekha T. Infant and young child feeding practices in an urban under privileged area in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Int Jour Cur Res Rev: 2014;6(22)10-13
7. N. Catherin, S.R. Anushila and Ramakrishna Goud. Obstetric emergenices presenting to a rural community maternity hospital, Southern Karnataka, India. Int Jour Curr Res Aca Rev:2014;2(9)264-269
8. Catherin Nisha, Pretesh Kiran, Bobby Joseph.Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder among disaster affected children in a high school in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand, India. Int Jour of Health system and Disaster management: 2014; 2(4) 237- 240
9. A.R.Johnson, B.Rock, N.Catherin, Sr,Berlin, R.Rupini and A.Kasthuri. Awareness of Government maternity benefit schemes among women attending clinic in a rural hospital in Karnataka, India. Int Jour Curr Res Aca Rev:2015;3(1)137-143
10. Nisha C, Rose JA. Ethical dilemmas in care of patients admitted to a palliative care unit in south India: a qualitative study. Int J Health Sci Res. 2015; 5(4):225-229.
11. Catherin N, Rock B, Roger V, Ankita C, Ashish G, Delwin P, Shanbhag D, Goud BR. Beliefs and practices regarding nutrition during pregnancy and lactation in a rural area in Karnataka, India: a qualitative study. Int J Community Med Public Health 2015;2:116-20.
12. C.J.Navya,R.Naveen , Adherence to medication among patients with hypertension & Diabetes mellitus in selected tea estates in South India., JIMSA Jan- March-2015 Vol 28, Issue 1, Page 16 &17
13. Malini M Bhattathiry, N.Ethirajan, Unmet need for family planning among married women of reproductive age group in Urban Tamilnadu, Journal of family & Community Medicine April 2014, VOL 21 Issue 1, 53-57
14. Malini M Bhattathiry, Rema Devi,Quality of Life of Type 2 Diabetic Patients in a rural area of Thiruvanantrhapuram Distict, Kerala, Indian Journal Of Rural Medicine;2012, Oct- Dec,Volume 1 Issue 2
15. Jaya.K.V, Vivin Vincent, C.R.Saju.Prevalence of obesity among adolescents in schools of North Kerala, 2015, Jan-March, Volume 3 Issue 2, Pages 123-127
16. Vivin Vincent, N Ethirajan, A study on Emotional Deprivation & influence of different factors among elderly people in an Urban area of Chidambaram, Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences September 2015; Vol. 4, Issue 78,; Page: 13615-13623
16. Bhavya B, Nisha C, Ankit S, Joseph E N, Anusha B K, Omkar P, Navya C J, Deepthi N S, Goud B R. Tobacco Use among Adults and its Associated Factors in a Rural Area in Karnataka, India. J Hum Health 2015;1:56-9