JIPMER and NCC to launch into a healthy partnership

Kavita Kishore
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People at risk for diseases will be identified and directed to clinics for treatment

JIMPER Director T.S. Ravikumar with the Group Commander, NCC, Colonel M.K. Joshi, at the 18th Indo-US CME in Pathology Conference at the JIPMER— Photo: T. Singaravelou
JIMPER Director T.S. Ravikumar with the Group Commander, NCC, Colonel M.K. Joshi, at the 18th Indo-US CME in Pathology Conference at the JIPMER— Photo: T. Singaravelou

Soon the National Cadet Corps will be working hand in hand with the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research to improve the healthcare and wellness of society.

JIPMER will soon be starting the School of Public Health. With that, there will be several community-based programmes that will help to better understand the health status of society and improve the measures taken to prevent and treat certain diseases, Director of JIPMER T.S. Ravikumar told The-Hindu .

In order to improve public health, it is important to go on a door-to-door survey and understand the problems people were facing. For this purpose, if we can harness the manpower of the NCC, then it will be possible for us to cover more area than just deploying medical students and staff, he said.

Although nothing concrete had been formulated, they will soon come up with a plan of action. Right now, they are considering coming up with a questionnaire for a survey. Around 10 NCC cadets can be assigned to one medical student and go house to house, identifying households with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other diseases.

Even people at risk for various diseases would be identified and they could be directed to the appropriate clinics for seeking treatment.

They were also exploring other avenues of cooperation with the NCC, he said.

According to Colonel M.K. Joshi, Group Commander of the NCC Group, Puducherry, this is a novel use of the NCC. They had around 10,000 cadets starting with school students who were regimented, dedicated and willing to undertake such work. Working with JIPMER would give them a unique experience that would go a long way, he said.

The move to join hands with the NCC is only one of the many collaborative efforts that JIPMER will be taking, Dr. Ravikumar said.

They had recently been declared a ‘sister institution’ to the Department of Nephrology of the Columbia University. Since JIPMER recently started a renal transplantation they had much to benefit from Columbia University, in terms of expertise and Chronic Kidney Disease-prevention strategies.

The ‘sisterhood’ status is marked by an exchange of knowledge and a bid to explore bilateral interests. There will also be minimal funding for faculty and student exchanges. The contact person for JIPMER will be Dr. Sreejith Parameswaran, while in Columbia, it will be Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan, Dr. Ravikumar said.

At present, JIPMER is also collaborating with the University of Michigan and was looking to expand that to the outcomes institute and surgical specialities as well. Further, they would be exploring options with the Harvard School of Public Health and even with Yale University for renal transplantations, he said.

Colonel Joshi and Dr. Ravikumar were speaking on the sidelines of the 18th Indo-US Continuing Medical Education in Pathology, on Friday.

  • It will be starting the School of Public Health and several community-based programs

  • The manpower of the NCC will be harnessed for a door-to-door survey

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