Department of Community Medicine

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  • Urban Health Centre Activities

Department Activities:

The Department of Community Medicine aims to impart community-oriented medical education and conducts the following activities:

1 Theory and Practical classes fulfilling the medical curriculum prescribed by MCI and Dr. MGR University
2 Community oriented teaching through participation and interaction at community level
3 Research projects by faculties
4 CRRI research projects as part of completion of two months of community posting
5 Mentoring the ICMR awarded STS projects with medical undergraduates
6 Regular field exposure visits to sites of public health significance for medical undergraduates
7 Supervision of functioning of Rural Health Training Centre
8 Commemorating International and National days of health importance
9 Conduction of CME and workshops in research methodology and public health topics
10 Guiding students for paper presentation in national and state level conferences

Center-based activities:

Rural Health and Training Centre, Kelambakkam and Urban Health and Training Center, Chromepet under the supervision of Department of Community Medicine are carrying out the following activities:

1 Out patient department (OPD) services for common ailments
2 Admission and observation services for minor ailments
3 Community-oriented teaching for medical undergraduates
4 Regular household survey in the catchment population
5 CRRI activities:
I.OPD activities
II.Community-based research project
III.Out Reach camps-twice weekly
IV.Health Education sessions on weekly basis
6 Observation of health days at center and community

ICMR-STS Projects:

So far 5 ICMR STS projects have been approved under department of Community medicine

Sl No Faculty Name Project Title and Year
1 Dr. Balaji . A M.D Occupational stress among different occupation workers - 2013
2 Dr. Sree T. Sucharitha M.D Mobile phone - SMS based educational intervention to Medical under graduates for reduction of stigma and discrimination against PLHIV in health care settings- 2013
3 Dr. Sree T. Sucharitha M.D Evaluating feasibility and potential impact of `what app` messenger education intervention on self- medication practices of Medical and Non- Medical professional course students in Chennai, South India. - 2015
4 Dr. Sree T. Sucharitha M.D FoodSwitch: Can a Smartphone application help consumers switch to healthier food choices? A pilot study - 2016
5 Dr. Vinoth Ganana Chellaiyan, MD Association between Sedentary behavior and negative emotional effects among medical college students in Tamil Nadu. - 2016

HOD Profile

Qualification

  • MBBS – Government Medical College ,Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala
  • M.D (Community Medicine)- Government Medical College ,Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala

Ramesh Harihara Iyer
-- Professor & HOD of Community Medicine,

Professional Experience

  • 1990 - Pusphagiri Hospital, Tiruvalla, Kerala state - Junior Medical Officer
  • 1992 - ESI, Dispensary , keralapuram , kollam district ,Kerala state - Assistant Insurance Medical officer (Rural service)
  • 1993 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu state - Tutor ,Department of Community Medicine
  • 1994-1997 - Government Medical College, Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala - Post graduate student , Department of Community Medicine
  • 1997-98 - District Health Office , kannur, Kerala state - District Immunization officer ,kannur district
  • 1998 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu state - Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine
  • 2000 - Voluntary Health services, Adyar - Part time Medical officer(5pm-9pm)
  • 2003 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu state - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine
  • 2007 to 2011 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu state - Professor, Department of Community Medicine
  • 2011 to 2016 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute,Porur, Chennai,Tamilnadu State
  • 2016 to Jan 2022 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu State
  • Jan 31st - Attained superannuation from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Resarch Institute, Porur, Chennai -600116
  • 2010 - 2018 - Pathway Medical centre Home for mentally retarded children - Part time Medical officer (5pm-7pm)
  • 2018-2019 - Durgabai Deshmukh General Hospital Andhra mahila Sabha - Night duty doctor (8pm-7am)
  • 8th Feb 2002 to till date - Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Rathinamangalan, Chennai 600127 - Professor and Head Department of Community Medicine

Area of interest

  • To work in rural health centre and provide community services
  • Basic Management of common health problems in the community
  • Providing basic health care to the community
  • Prevention and control of common communicable diseases in the community
  • Prevention and control of common non-communicable diseases in the community
  • Improvement of environmental sanitation of the community
  • Provision of safe drinking water to the community
  • Improvement of the nutritional status of the community
  • Growth monitoring of children
  • Basic immunization of children and adults
  • School health programme
  • To impart field teaching and health centre teaching to medical and paramedical students

On November 5th 2019,Department of Community Medicine, commemorated World Diabetes day was at GGN International school for the teachers, regarding Prevention and Awareness about Diabetes. Dr.Balaji,Professor and Head gave awareness talk to the participants.Dr.Karthik,Assistant Professor also took part in the event.Around 50 participants were given health education

World Diabetes day

On November 12th 2019,Department of Community Medicine, commemorated World Diabetes day was at SSN Engineering College, regarding Prevention and Awareness about Diabetes. Dr.Balaji,Professor and Head gave awareness talk to the participants.Dr.Karthik,Assistant Professor also took part in the event.Around 50 participants were given health education

<World Diabetes day

On November 14th 2019,Department of Community Medicine, commemorated World Diabetes day atHospital Corridor,Tagore Medical College and Hospital, through a health talk and role play by second year MBBS students under the guidance of Dr.Balaji,Professor and Head..Dr.Suganya.E,Assistant Professor gave health education

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Department of community medicine conducted a diabetic health awareness session under the supervision of Dr.A.Balaji, HOD& professor and Dr.Karthik, Asst. professor at sreevashtha Vivekananda senior higher secondary school on 19-10-19. Dr.A. Balaji gave overview about Diabetes and its complication and life style modifications. Total no. of beneficiaries-84.

diabetic health awareness
2. Rural health training centre, Dept. of Community Medicine conducted dengue awareness programme among self help group women in two various places respectively Tiruporur and kelambakkam on 26-10-19. Dr.Radhakrishnan A, Asst.Professor has given awareness about signs and symptoms of dengue and how to prevent that.

Department of Community Medicine has conducted SwachhtaPakhwada 2019- Sep 1 to 15(A central government initiative under Ministry of Human Resource Development, as a part of SWACHH BHARAT MISSIONin both the urban and rural health centres and in the field practice area.

2. Department of community medicine conducted a diabetes health camp and diabetic awareness session under the supervision of Dr.A.Balaji, HOD& professor. And also conducted blood donation camp at on 06-09-19 at Tamilnadu Sports University, kandigai.

diabetes health camp
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3.Dept. of Community medicine has conducted oral cavity screening programme among the construction workers at Akshaya construction site, kelambakkam on 12-09-19. Dr.Mahesh oral pathologist from Tagore dental college gave hands on training to CRRIs for sample collection.

oral cavity
4. Dept. of Community medicine has conducted oral cavity screening programme among the construction workers at chrompet on 13-09-19 under the supervision of Dr.Sree T Sucharitha, Associate professor and Dr.R.C.Karthik, assistant professor.

oral cavity chrompet
5. Department of community medicine conducted a diabetic health awareness session under the supervision of Dr.A.Balaji, HOD& professor and Dr.Karthik, Asst.professor at Vivekananda Matric higher secondary school on 17-09-19. Dr. Balaji sir gave overview about Diabetes and its complication and life style modifications.

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6. To celebrate the 1st anniversary of PMJAY, Ayushman Bharat scheme a walkathon was organized by Governmat of Tamil NaduinElliots Beach, Adyar Chennai. Tagore Medical college 2nd year students of 140 students actively participated in a 5 km Walkathon. Dr.GaneshSA , Associate professor coordinated and accompanied the students.

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Ayushman Bharat

Dr T. Sucharitha Awarded First Prize in Poster Presentation during on “International Conference on Health care Leadership Development and Training on 5th September 2018”

Department of Community Medicine organized CME on National Organ Donation Day on Sep 1st 2017, at Auditorium,TMCH.

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Department of community medicine academic achievements – July – 2017

State Level Essay Competition

S.Divyadharshini of 112 batch have bagged second prize in state level essay writing competition on World Health Day theme “Depression Let’s Talk” conducted by Indian Medical Association, Tamilnadu on 8th July 2017. She was awarded with a certificate of achievement, a pendrive and cash prize of Rs.5,000. She received the prize from Dr.Vijaya Baskar, Hon’ble Health minister of Tamilnadu and Dr.Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Health Secretary of Tamilnadu. The student was trained and motivated by the department of community medicine.

A. Afrin Khanam, J. Antony Eniga, MS. Ashik Ali of 112 Batch have secured 3rd place in “Inter collegiate Inter State Quiz Competition titled Swachh Bharat” conducted by Saveetha Medical College on 07th July 2017.They were awarded with certificate of achievement , Medal and three medical text book.

They competed with students of 24 medical colleges from various part of India. Preliminary round was conducted and our students emerged as the first team to qualify for final quiz with maximum marks. The students were trained and motivated by the department of community medicine.

Awareness Campaign on Nutritional Problems in India- A Major Public Health Threat on 07/01/2017

Introduction :

Health camp held in chitlapakkam to create awareness about Nutritional problem in public health.

Objectives :

  • To educate people about common nutritional deficiencies in India,
  • Importance of early recognition, balanced diet, early intervention.
  • To emphasis the community regarding the importance of prevention strategies.

UHTC Team :

  • Dr. Jacquline – Medical officer
  • CRRI’s
  • Mrs. Chandra -PHN
  • Mr. Nagaraj – Health Inspector
  • Mr. Vignesh – MSW

CRRI :

  • Dr. Harshini vaanan
  • Dr. Hemita Joeline
  • Dr. Jaykumar
  • Dr. Jayashree selvam
  • Dr. Hamsathvani
  • Dr. Gowtham

Participants :

Out patients

No. of Participants:

20-30

A LARGE SCALE (RBSK) RASHTRIYA BAL SWASTHYA KARYAKARAM – FIRST OF ITS KIND

Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) is an important initiative aiming at early identification and early intervention for children from birth to 18 years to cover 4 ‘D’s viz. Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Development delays including disability.

Participants :

CRRI’S :

  • DR. GOWTHAM
  • DR. J. JAI INDIA DEVI
  • DR. HEMITA JOELINE
  • DR. HARSHINI VAANAN
  • DR. JAYKUMAR

Co-ordinators :

  • DR. JACQULINE- MEDICAL OFFICER
  • MRS. Chandra (PHN, UHTC, Chromepet)

Target Population :

Students of PALLAVAPURAM GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL 10TH & 12th STD (300 students were examined )

CME and Workshops-2016

Sl No Name of the event Month of conduction
1 Research Methodology 03.02.2016
2 International Women`s Day (along with OBG) 11.03.2016
3 World Health Day 07.04.2016
4 The World No Tobacco Day 31.05.2016
5 International Yoga Day 21.06.2016

Department Of Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy

Activities Performed :

About various types of Nutritional deficiencies in public health like vit A, Iodine, Iron , Protein energy malnutrition, fluorosis.

Sources :

  • carrots
  • green leafy vegetables
  • fish
  • liver
  • sweet potato .

Clinical features :

  • bitot’s spot
  • xerosis
  • keratomalacia

Complication : Blindness

Prevention : Vit A prophylaxis.

vitamin-A
vitamin-A1

Risk factors :

  • pregnancy
  • females
  • exposure to radiation
  • smoking and alcohol.

Sources :

  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Soya Beans
  • Cheese
  • Strawberry
  • Iodinised salt

Clinical features :

  • Brittle Nails
  • Neck Swelling

Complication :

  • goiter
  • hypothyroidism
  • pregnancy/ cretinism

Prevention : National iodine deficiency disorder control programme ( iodised salt)

Iodine-deficiency

Sources :

  • liver
  • green leafy vegetables
  • jaggery
  • dates
  • drumstick.

Causes :

  • Malaria
  • worm infestations
  • pregnancy
  • menorrhagia.

Iron-deficiency2
Clinical features :

  • pale
  • breathlessness
  • tiredness
  • palpitations
  • dizziness

Complication : Heart failure, Infections.
Prevention : National nutritional anemia prophylaxis programme ( iron folic acid supplementation and iron fortified salt).

Sources :

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Egg White
  • Pulses

Clinical features :

  • oedema
  • flag sign
  • muscle wasting
  • pot belly
  • irritable
  • poor weight gain
  • anemia

Complication :

  • Septicemia
  • Pneumonia
  • Hypothermia
  • Heart failure

Prevention : food fortification , protein rich food , immunization , breast feeding .

Sources of fluorine : fluorinated water, toothpaste, corn.

Clinical presentation : skeletal and dental fluorosis ( Genu valgum and corroded teeth ).

Prevention : avoidance of fluorine rich sources, dental care.

Events :

  • NLEP – Leprosy Update
  • International yoga day
  • Organ donation day – RHTC
  • Disabled persons – UHC
  • Word Aids day – at RHTC
  • World breast feeding awareness week – RHTC
  • School health camp at RHTC and UHC
  • Family Health survey – RHTC and UHC
  • General health checkup.
  • Height and Weight were recorded for assessing malnutrition
  • Early detection and intervention of malnutrition- ROAD TO HEALTH
  • Screening for nutritional deficiencies like – Anaemia, vitamin A deficiency, PEM
  • Eye Examination, ENT Examination,
  • Screening for cardio vascular and respiratory problems
  • Skin lesions, Dental caries, Respiratory tract infections, children were identified and prescribed drugs.
  • Children with Dental caries, Ear discharge and severe tonsillitis were referred to UHTC/ TMCH for further management.

Research Methodology