Dharamshala: Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra at Tanda is among top institutes of the country chosen to conduct research on Improving the Capacity of Health System and Community for Screening and Management of Some Non-Communicable Diseases (hypertension, diabetes and COPD) in scheduled tribes.
The medical college will mainly focus this research in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The college is one among 6 such agencies across the country asked to conduct this research.
Speaking about the research to be conducted Prof. Bhanu Awasthi, Principal Tanda Medical College said, “it is only due to the strong commitment and continued encouragement that our institution is venturing into wider areas of research and capacity building. The research we conduct is the engine behind the growth of our institution into one of the top medical colleges of the country.”
Incidentally Tanda medical college was recently ranked 32nd position among medical colleges in the country.
Awasthi further informed that the other areas where this research is to be conducted include Chamarajanagar in Karnataka, East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, Kargil in Ladakh, Nilgiri in Tamil Nadu and Sundargarh in Odisha.
The research is expected to help in improving the capacity of health systems in meeting with the challenges posed by non-communicable diseases.
Prof Awasthi congratulated the team of investigators from the department of Community Medicine, led by its professor and head, Dr. Sunil Raina for taking up the research issues related to tribal health in Himachal Pradesh.
He further went on to add that the department is actively working with the Tribal Development department of Himachal Pradesh on various research projects focussing on improving healthcare of hard to reach populations.