EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND TREATMENT
- Awareness rallies on health promotion
- Preparation of school and kitchen gardens to educate the community about the importance of environmental sanitation
- Information on preparation of compost pits for proper waste disposal
INTER-DISCIPLINARY COMMUNITY ORIENTATION PROGRAMME (IDCOP)
Under the able guidance of practising doctors, students are exposed to customs, traditions, poverty, culture and its effect on health and development as well as family illnesses. The aim is to train every student to not only be a technically sound doctor, but a compassionate one as well.
On the 3rd Sunday of every month, health screening camps are conducted in the Doddaballapur taluk. Around 8 healthcare specialists from the Medical College and Hospital participate in these camps. In addition to dispensing medicines to those afflicted with minor ailments, they also bring back patients in need of in-house treatment.
As part of the government-run District Blindness Control Program, the Medical College and Hospital conducts free eye check-up camps and cataract surgeries in the districts of Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Ramanagara and Tumkur.
Under the umbrella of the Survarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST), the Medical College and Hospital conducts health camps across Karnataka, offering super specialisations such as neurology, spinal surgery, paediatric surgery, plastic surgery and cancer treatment. As with other initiatives, patients who require in-house care are brought to the campus and, upon completion of the treatment, are dropped back home.
Rural and urban dental camps for children are conducted on an on-going basis by the Medical College and Hospital. In addition to educating them on proper nutrition and sound oral care practices, they are also offered treatments such as oral prophylaxis, restoration, extraction, space maintainers and stainless steel crowns.
Similar to Kaiwara, healthcare services are extended to the Health Centre in Aradesanahalli. These services cater to a population of 11,362 people across 19 villages.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the Institute of Nursing Education & Research regularly conducts special camps in remote villages, where volunteers carry out several activities, including:
This programme is open to students of the various healthcare institutions of the Ramaiah Group, including the Medical, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy units.
As a part of this programme, students from different departments get together to form the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) that is then posted in villages for 10 days. During these 10 days, students assess the healthcare problems of the villagers, and screen them for common chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. They also conduct school health programmes to screen children for malnutrition, dental issues and anemia.
The Medical College undertakes research on focused diseases and health problems in field practice areas to understand their symptoms and causes, and work towards better outcomes for this population.
So far, research has been conducted on stroke and other chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, HIV, goitre, fluorosis and several other health issues.