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DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS
 
              The Pediatric Outpatient Room and the Pediatric ward of the Government District Headquarters Hospital, Dharmapuri from 1979-2007 was the nucleus from which the Department of Pediatrics, Government Dharmapuri Medical College and Hospital, developed at the time of inception of Government Dharmapuri Medical College, Dharmapuri in 2008.
 
The newly born Department of Pediatrics of the Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital, Dharmapuri with its outpatient as well as inpatient services grown as an infant by acquiring a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by the end of the year 2008 in the rooms accompanying the pediatric ward of old district headquarters hospital. By achieving yet another mile stone of Specialized Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) it walked into the stage of toddler in February’2011.
 
The state of the art SNCU in the I floor of CEmONC building, under the guidance and support of the Project Director, TNHSP and the state IMNCI Nodal officer was started to provide care to 20 neonates. It provides tertiary care not only for neonates referred from Govt. Hospitals but also to neonates referred from private sector. Presently it provides care to about 50-60 neonates per day. A recent addition of 108 Neonatal Ambulance in October’2012 exclusively for transporting sick newborn babies delivered outside to SNCU is another milestone in providing essential newborn care. In less than 2 years after its inauguration, it is adjudged as one of the best performing SNCU’s in the state and a Staff nurse from SNCU has been conferred “Florence Nightingale” award which speaks about the quality of services offered in SNCU. It has also been recognized as a training centre for providing refresher training to Pediatricians, Medical officers, Staff Nurses and Paramedical personnel on essential newborn care.
 
ON THE INAUGURATION OF SNCU AT GDMCH, DHARMAPURI













      












TINY TOTS BEING CARED AT SNCU, GDMCH, DHARMAPURI

















 
                   






                     
When the toddler started exploring, she found the Pediatric Emergency Room (Pediatric ER) with two beds adjacent to the casualty in the newly constructed 500 bed hospital in January’2012, to take care of critically ill children by providing emergency resuscitation and life support without any delay in that Golden period which is crucial to save the life of the child. After resuscitation and stabilization in Pediatric Emergency Room, the child is shifted to PICU.This is the second dedicated Pediatric Emergency Services in the government sector in Tamilnadu next to ICH&HC, Chennai.
      
SICK CHILD BEING RESUSCITATED IN THE
GOLDEN MINUTE IN  PEDIATRIC EMERGENCYROOM










                       














              
From the toddler to preschool stage the department was shifted from the old district headquarters hospital building which was renovated as Outpatient block. The new Pediatric O.P. (No. 26) is in its first floor. The two units of Pediatric ward (No.201&202) are in the second floor and the new PICU is functioning in the ground floor of the newly constructed 500 bed building.
 
SICK CHILDREN BEING ATTENDED IN PICU
 

















               






Stepping from the preschool to school going age the department acquired the complement of teaching faculty as Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professors, Senior Residents and Junior Residents. Two of our department professors have been conferred the Best Doctor Award and Best Teacher Award by the Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai which speaks the involvement and quality of services by them in patient care and in teaching. By preparing the medicos to face the final MBBS exams, the department leaped in to the stage of adolescence when it started incorporating adolescent care under its purview by starting the TEEN CLINIC in October’2012 which functions weekly on every Saturdays  and provides adolescent health care.
 
The department has grown up in all the three components of health care system in the form of Tertiary Pediatric and Neonatal care, Pediatric Education and Research activities in Pediatrics and Neonatology. It provides outstanding education opportunities for medical students. Our goal is to foster knowledge, clinical experience essential for basic life saving skills and in the evaluation and management of diseases in neonates, children and adolescents.

 ACTIVITIES
 
1. UNDER GRADUATES TEACHING
 
a. Ward case presentations by undergraduates
 
Regularly been conducted on all days during their pediatric posting in the wards. First clinical year, pre-final and final years posted in the ward are exposed to regular case presentations and discussion during their postings.
 
b. Theory exams
 
Theory examinations are conducted once in a month  and a model exam prior to University exams for final year MBBS students.
 
c. Ward clinical examination
 
Clinical examination as per norms of University examination including OSCE has been conducted for exam going students of MBBS.  
 
d. IMNCI Training
 
Teaching of Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) program to Pre-final MBBS students.
 
2. SYMPOSIUM
 
Monthly once, Symposium on topics of interest in Pediatrics is being conducted for the entire batch of the students.
 
3. WEEK CELEBRATIONS 
 
  1. Participation in Breast feeding promotion week celebrations
 
As a part of the “Breast Feeding Promotion Week Celebrations” the Department of Pediatrics along with Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Dharmapuri District Branch organized WORLD BREAST FEEDING WEEK FROM August’ 1-7, 2012.
   
 NEWBORN WEEK’2011 CELEBRATIONS

The NEWBORN WEEK was celebrated from November15-21’ 2011 in our SNCU.

Ms. T. SRIPRIYA. STAFF NURSE,  SNCU  RECEIVING  IAP-DHARMAPURI VICE-PRESIDENT DR. D.V. MANIMARAN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT AWARD FROM DEAN
 

















    







4. AWARDS AND PRIZES

 
Dr. Indumathy Santhanam, M.D., D.C.H., H.O.D, Department of Pediatrics, GDMCH, Dharmapuri was conferred the Best Doctor Award by the Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University for her exemplary contribution in the field of Medical Education and Health care services on 14-06-2012
 
Dr. K. Nedunchelian, M.D., D.C.H., H.O.D, Department of Pediatrics, GDMCH, Dharmapuri was conferred the Best Teacher Award by the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University for his dedicated teaching skills to the medical students and paramedical personnel in the field of Medical education  during “ Pharmacy Day Celebrations” on 24-12-2012.
 
Ms. J. REENA, STAFF NURSE, SNCU, GDMCH WITH FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AWARD
 























 
Final year MBBS students Mr. Prabhu and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi participated in IAP Quiz for Under graduates’2012 up to the stage of Inter zonal rounds.
 
5. WORKSHOP
 
A workshop on Basic Life Support was conducted along with the departments of Medicine, Anesthesia by the Department of Pediatrics.
 
     
 6. RESEARCH WORK UNDERWAY IN DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS
 
a) Department of Pediatrics along with Departments of Social & Preventive Medicine, Microbiology and
    Department of Public Health, Dharmapuri has planned a Comprehensive study on etiology of pneumonia,
    barriers in health seeking behavior and role of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) in the
    management of pneumonia
” in children from 1 month to 59 months of age as seen in a rural community at
    Marandahalli, Dharmapuri district in Tamil nadu.
 
b) Clinical Profile and outcome of children in Scorpion sting treated with Prazosin
 
c) Clinical Profile and outcome of Scrub Typhus in Children attending a referral institution
 
 
7. PRIZES AND AWARD CONSTITUTED BY THE DEPARTMENT
 
Dr. K. Nedunchelian Award for the best outgoing student in Final year MBBS.
 
 
SERVICES OFFERED 
 
  1. No. of Units in Pediatric Department        :                       Two
  2. O.P. Days and timings                               :                       7.30 A.M – 12 Noon on all days
  3. I.P. Unit and Admission Days          
                Unit I                                                   :                       Monday, Wednesday, Friday
                Unit II                                                  :                       Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
                                                                                                     Alternate unit on Sunday
  1. Average O.P. Census                                 :                       73000 per annum
  2. Average I.P. Census                                   :                       25550 per annum
  3. PICU and Pediatric E-Room                      :                       2500 per annum
  4. SNCU                                                         :                       22000 per annum
  5. Neonatal follow up care                             :                       7500 per annum
 
  SPECIAL CLINICS CONDUCTED IN PEDIATRIC O.P.
 
  1. Well Baby/Child Welfare Clinic                 :                       Daily
  2. Immunization Clinic                                    :                       Daily
  3. Child Guidance Clinic                                 :                       Fridays
  4. Child Rehabilitation Clinic
           including speech therapy                            :                       Thursdays
           and occupational therapy.

     5.  Adolescent Health Care Clinic                  :                       Saturdays            (TEEN CLINIC)
  
 OUTREACH PROGRAMS
 
The Department of Pediatrics is actively involved in the following health camps
 
  1. Speciality camps conducted at villages in Health sub centres
  2. Pulse Polio Activities
  3. Camps organized by Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Dharmapuri District Branch
  4. Outreach Programs during World Breast Feeding Week, Newborn Week etc.
  5. Outreach Programs on Adolescent Health care in various schools in our district.
  6. Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health insurance Camps

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