The NRI Medical College Department of Community Medicine commenced in the month of July 2003 along with the inception of the Medical College. The subject of Community Medicine is introduced to the Medical Students right from their first Semester and continues till the 7th semester. Upon completion of their MBBS course the young doctors return to the department for two months posting as interns.
The Department in the college premises comprises 3 demonstration rooms with a capacity of 75 each, a museum, a research lab, a general lab, a library cum seminar hall and well appointed staff rooms for the Professors and other staff. The museum and labs together house about 290 models, charts and pieces of equipment. The dept Library has 286 books on the various aspects of community medicine and possess Journals. In addition, the dept runs 2 outreach clinics; the Rural Health Center (RHC) at Peddaparimi village of Mangalagiri Mandal and the Urban Health center (UHC) at Israilpet in Guntur city.
Dr.T.S.R.Sai,MD,DNB, is the Head of the Department of Community Medicine and he is also the Vice Principal (Administration) of NRI Medical College. The department is staffed with 3 Professors, 3 Associate Professors, 3 Assistant Professors, 1 Epidemiologist, 5 Tutors, 5 Medico Social workers, 1 Statistician , 1 Office Assistant,1 Lab Technician and 2 Attendants. The RHC and UHC are manned by 1 Medical Officer each with supporting staff like Health Inspector, Pharmacist, lab assistants, health educators and ANMs.
In addition to the MBBS teaching programme, the dept also undertakes Post Graduates Teaching activity. The MBBS teaching programme involves field visits, Village surveys, household surveys, Family Case Studies, data management, seminars etc. Biostatistics is taught to medical students by the Lecturer in Statistics, who also assists the Post graduates from all the depts. of the medical college and hospital in planning and analyzing their dissertation projects.
The RHC at Peddaparimi caters to a population of 20,000 living in 5 villages. Through the RHC, about 8500 out patients are seen every year. The basic investigations and treatment is given free of cost to the rural people. With the help of the House surgeons, outreach camps are conducted regularly in all the villages. A school health Programme has also been taken up for all the schools and Anganwadis in the service area.
The UHC covers a population 19000 in 7 communities surrounding Israilpet. About 15,000 out patients are seen every year with an emphasis on Maternity and Child Care. All the important Health days are observed with cooperation of the local people. The RHC and UHC provide valuable clinical material and opportunity for health activities for medical and paramedical students of NRIAS.
The Patients from these centres who require specialized treatment are refer to NRI MC & GH are provided free medical care.
The department conducts regular research studies on various issues with the help of P.Gs,House surgeons and medical students. The ICMR short term projects are regularly utilized by UGs of this institute.
The dept also supports the NSS activities of the College in conducting awareness programmes in the community. Recently a flood relief camp was conducted in Guntur District where students collected and distributed rice, pulses and clothes to about 150 families.
Paper / Poster presentation
- Radhika K. A study on utilisation pattern of Maternal and Immunisation services in an urban slum of Guntur Town. 58th Annual National Conference of IPHA, 21st - 24th January 2014, S.V. Medical College, Tirupati.
- Anil Kumar B. Health status of under 5 school children in Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh. 58th Annual National Conference of IPHA, 21st - 24th January 2014, S.V. Medical College, Tirupati.
- Naga Saritha K., Rosaiah K., N.S. Sanjeeva Rao, An application of Multiple Logistic Regression Analysis for Identifying Lipid Profile changes towards assessing Maternal and Fetal Outcomes. Paper accepted for presentation at the International conference on Statistics and Information technology for a Growing nation, 30th November to 2nd December, 2014, Dept. of Statistics, SV University, Tirupati
- N.S. Sanjeeva Rao, Bharani J. Knowledge and Practice Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients from a Village in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. 58th Annual National Conference of IPHA, 21st - 24th January 2014, S.V. Medical College, Tirupati
Scientific articles published in Journals
- Samson Sanjeeva Rao Nallapu, T.S.R.Sai, Estimation of Lifestyle diseases in Elderly from a rural Community of Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, JCDR, 2014; 8 (4): JC01 - JC04 , DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2014 / 8050. 4239
- Rao NSS, Krishna YB. Knowledge and Practice Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients from a Village in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. . IJHSR. 2014; 4(10): 6-12.
- Aswani Patchala, Samson Sanjeeva Rao Nallapu, Review of Selective Primary Health Care efforts in an Urban Health Center area in Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, Paper accepted for publication. 28/1/2014
- Kalyan Chebrolu, Vinay Babu K. , Swapna B. Prevalence of tobacco use among the adult males in a South Indian Village, 2014. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences; 3 (65) Accepted for publication, November 27.
Ongoing research Projects
- Prabhakar A., Samson Sanjeeva Rao Nallapu. Tuberculosis post treatment sequelae in a rural PHC area of Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh
- Prabhakar A., Samson Sanjeeva Rao Nallapu, Identifying HIV /AIDS Risk behavior patterns in people coming for counseling to a medical college ICTC Center of Guntur District.
- Venkat A, Swapna B. Evaluation of health related activities of Anganwadi workers in the ICDS programme of Mangalagiri Mandal. Guntur District.
All the faculty and Post Graduate Students had attended CME Programmes conducted under Zone - II by the Dr.NTR University of Health Sciences (Katuri Medical College, Guntur Medical College, Dr.PSIMS Gannavaram, ASRAM Medical College Eluru & Siddhartha Medical College Vijayawada)
Student ICMR Projects:
- Mr. Anil Kumar, VIII semester. Guide: Dr. Kalyan. C. A Study On Infant And Young Child Feeding Practices In Rural Field Practice Area Of NRI Medical College, Guntur (ID 2014-06198)
- Ms. Gayathri, VIII semester. Guide: Dr. B Swapna. Study of "Quality of Life" of Diabetic Patients in Rural Field practice Area of NRI Medical College. (ID 2014- 01788)
- Ms. Akhila, III semester. Guide: Dr. TSR Sai. A Study To Assess Perceived Stress Among Under Graduate Students In A Medical College. (ID 2014- 01191)