Transforming Remote Rural Communities – National Medical College Network

13 Jul

I was introduced to Dr. Vijayalakshmi Bhatia, Paediatric Endocrinologist and Professor of Endocrinology at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow last year by Dr. Cijoy Kuriakose, Endocrinologist at the Christian Fellowship Hospital at Oddanchatram, in Tamil Nadu, where I had the privilege of working as a junior doctor between 1987 and 1990.

After email exchanges and a phone conversation, Dr. Bhatia invited me to speak to the DM and MCh (super-specialty postgraduate medical course) students at the SGPGI on Community Outreach, in her words, “to inform the participants that there are other ways to look at patient care than the straight-jacketed multispecialty hospital background they are used to and empower them to think of patients against the background of their family, society and environment”.

The talk was given in August 2021 and has been uploaded to the National Medical College Network – National Telemedicine Portal (Telemedicine Division) at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India:

I thank Dr. Cijoy Kuriakose for introducing me and Dr. Vijayalakshmi Bhatia for inviting me to talk about the story of our work at Makunda. We pray that the talk will create awareness of the situation in needy parts of the country, especially among the poor and marginalized in remote rural areas.

The video of the talk can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

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