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Stanley Medical College students reach out to residents of Alamathi Panchayat Union

Motivated lot: Students of Stanley Medical College with a resident of the Alamathi Panchayat Union.

Motivated lot: Students of Stanley Medical College with a resident of the Alamathi Panchayat Union.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Special arrangement

R. Sujatha



With the support of the college’s alumni, the current batch of students revived the project



CHENNAI: Thanks to Government Stanley Medical College students, after 30 years, Alamathi Panchayat Union, near Red Hills, with a population of 10,000 can heave a sigh of relief. Residents in around 25 villages here get medical help at their doorstep now. The college began its rural medical service programme there in the 1950s but was discontinued in 1980. Since then, the 77 cents of land, donated by Kamalatchi Ammal and registered in the college students’ name, was used as a cowshed. The nearest primary health centres are at Naravari kuppam and Padianallur. The villagers spend Rs.30 on transport and Rs.10 on medicines, the participating doctors say.

With the support of the college’s alumni, the current batch of students revived the project. On August 19, 2008, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam formally inaugurated the camp. Every week, four house surgeons, two post graduates and an assistant professor lead a team of over 30 students.

“It is an opportunity for the students to learn aspects such as communication skills,” says R. Raja Ganapathy, president of the student’s council, ‘Suhirtham ’07’. “We have now formed a separate association called the Alamathi Association of Stanley.”

The first-year students conduct a door-to-door survey for a history of medical ailments using the residents’ family card for data. An adolescent clinic in which around 60 teenagers are being treated has been started.

Having found that 10 per cent of the villagers are diabetic and hypertensive, the students propose to conduct a mass diabetes/hypertension detection camp in the third week of February. An outpatient clinic for psychiatric problems and a vigorous campaign to address alcoholism which is prevalent in about 10 per cent of the population has also been proposed.

The Health Department recently passed a government order that would allow Stanley procure a bus to transport the students to Alamathi, Dr. Raja Ganapathy said.

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