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JIPMER to push for school of public health this year

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Director of JIPMER T.S. Ravikumar presenting degrees at the first graduation day of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital in Puducherry on Wednesday.— Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
Director of JIPMER T.S. Ravikumar presenting degrees at the first graduation day of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital in Puducherry on Wednesday.— Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

A few months after his initial announcement that Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research plans to start a School of Public Health, Director of JIPMER T.S. Ravikumar said that their aim was to start the school by the next academic year.

Although there was still a long way to go as even buildings might not be completed, he was hopeful of starting the school next year so that they could start enrolment. He would be meeting authorities in Delhi next week to finalise the details, he told The Hindu on the sidelines of the first convocation of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital.

Another thing that JIPMER would be focussing was on decentralising diabetes care using various innovations. It would also be focussing on several other non-communicable diseases, he said.

Speaking at the function, Dr. Ravikumar said all doctors should do their best to innovate so that they could provide high quality healthcare at affordable prices. Given India’s move towards universal healthcare, the ability to provide affordable, quality care was of paramount importance, along with a shift in focus towards community wellness.

In most cases, excellence in performance required a lot of hard work. So, doctors should be willing to work hard to reach excellence. Speaking from his experience, he said that the time it took for him to reach a point where he had no mortality in liver surgery was around the time he completed 10,000 hours in surgery.

This was the first convocation of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, which was started in 2006. As many as 143 students received their degrees at the convocation. V. Jagannathan was declared university topper from the first year to the final year. Also, the college has received nine out of the 10 university gold medals for medicine, a release said.

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