Establishment and Growth
The Department of Paediatrics was established in 1999 with all adequate facilities, senior faculty and support staff. In the department, we have PICU, NICU, Ward and OPD facilities. Our department runs an Out Patient Department (OPD) every day, immunization clinics on every Wednesdays where all vaccines are free of cost which is according to National Immunization Schedule. Our management implemented a beneficiary scheme “Annai Annapoorani” to give money periodically after the vaccination is completed. The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has 5 beds equipped with ventilators where procedures like lumbar puncture, ICD insertion, etc. are done. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has 5 beds, ventilators, bubble CPAP, incubator, and phototherapy units and procedures like lumbar puncture, exchange transfusion, ventricular tap, etc. are done. We also screen all the newborn babies for hypothyroidism, congenital heart diseases, and ophthalmic and hearing assessment. We have a separate isolation ward and diarrhea ward within the 70-bedded Paediatric ward. We also manage cases like COVID, poisonings and all other systemic infections. We are the first private medical college in Pondicherry to initiate “Rota Virus” Vaccination to all children, free of cost.
The department of Paediatrics has a regular undergraduate teaching programme (M.B.B.S.) with 150 students per batch and a postgraduate (M.D. Paediatrics) programme with 10 students / year. Our postgraduate results are 100% for the past 5 years and our PGs have also been awarded gold, silver and bronze medals every year.
- Improve patient care by quality improvement initiatives like early initiation of breastfeeding, delayed cord clamping and universal screening of all neonates for hyperbilirubinemia hypothyroidism, hearing loss and critical congenital heart disease.
- Skill development programme for postgraduates, CRRI and faculty
- Nationally important days celebrations
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- Highly experienced faculty capable of training 10 postgraduates per year. 150 undergraduate students are also given training by the department. Basic resuscitation skills and procedures, paediatric and newborn outpatient and inpatient care are taught to interns.