Institute on Wheels halts at S.V. Medical College

A specialised bus by Johnson & Johnson, aptly called Mobile Skills Institute or Institute on Wheels, which focusses on imparting training to young surgeons and post-graduates on various techniques necessary for progressing in their respective specialisations, has arrived in the temple city. As a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Johnson & Johnson Institute has been offering the service to several government medical colleges across the country. Its foray into Andhra Pradesh commenced with a halt at the King George Hospital at Visakhapatnam, in the last week of July, and has reached Sri Venkateswara Medical College (SVMC), Tirupati, after traversing through medical institutions in Kakinada, Vijayawada and Guntur. Speaking to
The Hindu
, a representative of the company remarked that the facility would offer hands-on training to aspiring young surgeons/medical students on their respective campuses.

Convenient mode

“Many of them find it difficult to take a prolonged leave from their educational pursuits and attend training at a different location. Hence, we wanted to take the training centre to them, and thus the facility took shape,” he said. The mobile skills institute can impart training to 20 doctors at a time, with sessions ranging from 3-4 hours duration. It will be stationed for four days from August 4 to 7, and the departments of the nearby government hospitals, with the help of their experts, can conduct training on basic suturing, skin stapling, trauma care, knee arthroplasty, laparoscopy and several other medical procedures. From Tirupati, it will reach Kadapa followed by Kurnool and then to Hyderabad.

Skill centre awaited

Meanwhile, the proposal to establish a skill centre for emergency medical services still remains a non-starter in the temple city. The National Health Mission (NHM), under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, had earlier mooted to set up the facility at the Government Maternity Hospital, at a cost of Rs. 2.78 crore. During November 2016, a Central team even inspected several government medical facilities in the city for an ideal location for establishing the centre. However, for reasons unknown, the project is reportedly on the back burner. The facility was expected to train medical personnel – doctors, nurses, paramedical staff etc. – on how to rescue patients with emphasis on emergency and disaster management. Subsequently, skills lab was to be made available to the medical students too.

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