Research cadre sought in medical colleges

The government should set up a research cadre in medical colleges so that scientific solutions to the vexing and unique health issues of the State can be found through research at these institutions itself.

Since the government had increased the number of medical colleges, it was only fair that at least 10 per cent of the faculty was allowed to go into dedicated medical research, the Kerala Medical College Teachers’ Group (KMCTG), a combined forum of medical college teachers in public and private sector institutions, said in a statement here on Sunday.

Rather than the mere publication of research papers, the research cadre in medical colleges should be encouraged to do dedicated research into the specific health issues faced by the State.

In developed nations, medical treatment and quality of care had improved because of the application of the research work done in its medical teaching institutions.

In Kerala, a research cadre could be set up in the medical colleges without incurring additional expenditure. Funds from the budgetary allocation of Rs.50 lakh for the administrative cadre could be set apart for the purpose, the KMCTG said. “Once the research cadre is set up, it will be easy to find external funding agencies to help with continuing medical research,” it pointed out. The recurring incidence of new and emerging infectious diseases, the epidemic of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, and the increasing burden of degenerative diseases all point to the urgent need for becoming self-reliant in medical research and produce scientific data relevant to the local population. Indigenous medical research was important also for start-up ventures in biotechnology and IT to generate commercially viable products to match global demands.

The KMCTG appealed to the Health Minister to allow it an opportunity to discuss an action plan prepared by the combined efforts of experts in the field to promote research in medical colleges.

‘Once the research cadre is set up, it will be easy to find external funding agencies to help with continuing medical research.’

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