Mangalore, October 06: The Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader speaking to the media said, the latest research advancements were not adopted by the medical fraternity and the government due to lack of coordination between the medical researchers, representatives and policy makers.
The department will henceforth discuss with the researchers well in advance before taking up any health project and amend the project accordingly, based on the inputs from the research organisations. A meeting has to take place on a regular basis between the researchers and policy makers so that research results can be utilised to address health issues, he said.
The State Health and Family Welfare department has planned to convene meetings with researchers once every quarter to create a network of the medical / public health researchers, policy makers, administrators and medical representatives.
He said, the department is planning to organize sessions for district and taluk health officers by researchers, to update and educate them about the latest developments in the medical field. A team of public health researchers under the banner ‘Swasthya Karnataka’ has been organizing several activities and the department intends to join hands with them. Trainings will be provided to nurses and auxiliary nurse mid-wives to handle the patients with proper care, Khader said.
Autopsy issue: The Minister said, “Post-mortem procedure is conducted even on the normal death cases or accident cases which in reality do not need a post-mortem report as the family members and authorities are well aware of the cause of death. Therefore, I have expressed my opinion which is open for discussion,” he said.
When queried about setting up a government medical college in the city, the Minister said, according to the guidelines of Medical Council of India (MCI), a 300 bedded hospital and an availability of 20 acre land is mandatory to get a clearance to construct the medical college, but there were problems in acquiring 20 acres of land for this purpose.
Khader said that, the recommendations of cabinet sub-committee to sanction medical college in Mangalore has already been approved by the State cabinet, but is yet to get the approval of MCI. A crew from MCI will be visiting the city during 2015 to inspect the facilities.