As per Global estimates, the pandemic has halted or reversed the progress made over the past decade in health especially reproductive, maternal and child health and shortened life expectancy. And SDG 3 advocates ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

To achieve the goal by 2030, 9 targets are set towards reducing maternal mortality, reducing preventable deaths in new born and under five year old, ending epidemics of AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected tropical diseases, combat Hepatitis, water borne diseases, reducing premature mortality to Non communicable diseases, promote mental health and wellbeing, strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse and harmful use of alcohol, make sexual and reproductive health care services accessible. It also aims to achieve universal health care, reduce deaths and illness due to air, water, soil pollution and contamination, support research and development in vaccines and medicines for communicable and non- communicable diseases that affect developing countries. There is a need to increase health financing and recruitment, increase the capacity of the country for detecting early warning signs, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.

Responsibilities Of Universities In General:
  • Improve the proportion of graduates who receive a degree associated with a health related profession out of total graduates.
  • Progressive collaboration with health institutions: local, national or global.
  • Plan and executing health outreach programmes focussing on hygiene, nutrition, family planning, sports, exercise and ageing well.
  • Free sexual health care for students including information and educational services.
  • Providing mental health support to students and staffs.
  • Providing mental health support to students and staffs.
  • Strict implementation of the smoke free policy on campus.
  • Conduct research and generate useful publications around good health and wellbeing.
  • Policies adopted by the Nitte (DU):
  • The campus has been declared as Tobacco Free Zone
  • The campus has a Student Wellness Centre for physical and mental health and well being of the staffs and students of the university.
Training Programmes:
  • Workshop on ‘Advanced critical care physiotherapy management and pulmonary rehabilitation’ was conducted on 10th March at NIPT.
  • Arivu-Neravu, a one-day workshop for children was conducted at KSHEMA on 28th March 2021.
  • Eighth Prof (Dr) M Sudhakar Shetty Memorial 38th Mangalore Orthopedic Course under the aegis of Karnataka Orthopaedics Association was held from 19th to 21st February 2021 at KSHEMA.
  • Advanced Neonatal Resuscitation Workshop was held on 3rd April 2021 at KSHEMA.
  • Multiple sessions of AHA certified workshop on Basic Life Support was conducted in the University for the interns and postgraduates of dental and medical colleges.
  • National workshop on “Ethics in Biomedical and Health Research Perception and Practices was held from 5th to 8th July 2021 at NUCSER.
  • Surgical Workshop on Applications of Piezosurgery in Periodontics was held on 24th February 2021.
  • Nitte Smart Health Village Project ‘Apathbandhu’ (A training program of rural volunteers in first aid and emergency care) was launched on 4th August 2021.
  • Workshop titled “An Outlook on Child Rights and Acts” was held on 3rd September 2021 at KSHEMA
  • Online Mammography Workshop for 202 different colleges with 1028 delegates from different parts of the nation was held 28th October 2021 at KSHEMA.
  • A virtual course on “Microbiological Risk Assessment in Food Safety” for 324 registered participants that included faculty and students from Nitte (DU) was held at NUCSER.
  • Certificate course in ‘Cone Beam Computed Tomography for delegates from various specialties of dentistry from colleges in and around Mangalore was held.
  • Workshop on ‘Healthcare Information Management System’ was conducted on 19th February 2021 at NUINS

  • Healthcare hackathon held from 25th to 27th March 2021 at Nitte (DU)
  • Online Conference was held at KSHEMA on Interventional Pulmonology Updates on 20th March 2021
  • A talk on “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal in a COVID-19 World” was held at NUINS
  • Webinar on “ Unravelling CBR and Preventing Disabilities in the Community” was held on 27th May 2021 at NIPT
  • e-Poster competition on the theme, “COVID 19 - Medicine, Vaccination and Beyond” was held on 28th May 2021 at KSHEMA
  • Panel Discussion: “Medical Oxygen - Issues and way forward” was held on 21st May 2021 at KSHEMA
  • A webinar on ‘The Anticipated Third Wave in Covid-19 and Prioritization for Children’ was held on 25th June 2021s at KSHEMA
  • A webinar “Revive, restore, rejuvenate: Yoga for COVID - 19 Recovery” was held on 21st June 2021, World Yoga Day by NIPT
  • A webinar ‘ Role of Pharmacists in Vaccination Program’ was held on 26th June at NGSMIPS
  • A Symposium on Practice Management during COVID-19 times – Now and Beyond was held on 6th July 2021 at ABSMIDS
  • National Level Symposium on Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics was held on 2nd and 3rd August 2021 at ABSMIDS.
  • On the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Month poster making competition & Video making competition was held on 29th September 2021 at Nitte (DU)
  • Web-based Uro-Radiology lecture series GUIDE 2021 (Genito Urinary Image Directed Education) was launched on 29th September at KSHEMA
  • A Seminar on Management of Pediatric Behavioural & Social Problems was held on 25th October 2021 at NUINS. A program on ‘The Use of Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Pediatric Dentistry’ was held on 23rd September at ABSMIDS
  • Virtual symposium on Orofacial Pain was held on 5th October 2021 at ABSMIDS
  • A webinar on Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance was held on 26th November 2021 at KSHEMA
  • 42nd annual conference IABMSCON 2021 held with over 700 delegates on 25th November 2021.

Day Programmes:
  • A programme was held on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26th June 2021 at KSHEMA.
  • National Youth Day was observed on 12th January 2021 at NIPT with stress on increasing physical fitness in youngsters.
  • Women’s Day celebration was done on 8th March 2021 at NIPT, included interaction with students and non teaching staff.
  • World Health Day was celebrated on 7th April 2021 at KSHEMA and NIPT with stress on COVID-19 vaccination and Universal Health Coverage.
  • Nurses Day was celebrated on May 12 2021 at NUINS with theme of nutritive diet for antenatal, postnatal women.
  • International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June 2021 along with a webinar on Revive, restore, rejuvenate: Yoga for COVID - 19 Recovery at NIPT.
  • Tree planting ceremony was held on the occasion of World Environment Day.
  • Breast feeding week was observed on 1st to 7th August 2021 in all constituent hospitals and rural health centres.
  • National Nutrition Mission ‘Rashtriya Poshan Mah’ was organised by educating government school students.
  • On Gandhi Jayanthi october 2nd 2021, Swacchata parwa was observed with beach cleaning drive and other sanitation activities.
  • Lecture series was held on 13th October 2021 during Breast cancer awareness month.
  • International day for Elderly was observed at NIPT on 1st October 2021 with special focus on NCD monitoring and mental well being.

Community Programmes:
It has conducted weekly health awareness talks regarding environmental sanitation, clean water and hygeine, communicable and non communicable diseases, COVID-19 etc

COVID-19 Vaccination: The dept has also been actively involved in the COVID-19 vaccination drives in the community along with creating awareness and mitigating the myths. Over 75,000 vaccination doses against Covid-19 were given at the hospital and Mobile Vaccination Camps at the Colleges, Schools, Hotels, Offices, Apartments and Religious places with active support from other departments and the dental college.

COVID-19 Screening: The department in collaboration with the district authorities conducted COVID-19 screening camps in Puttur taluk during Second wave of COVID-19 with house to house active screening. Total of 3000 individuals were screened.

COVID-19 care: The department in collaboration with district authorities conducted Home Based Care Programme for people suffering from COVID-19 in Puttur taluk by screening for red flag signs and daily monitoring of vitals including oxygen saturation.

Malnutrition Screening:
  • The department with the help of District authorities conducted screening camp for malnutrition “VATSALYA” for all children below age of 15 years in Karkala Taluk.
  • The department along with paediatrics conducted multiple malnutrition screening camps for school going children in Puttur taluk.
National Health Programs:
  • National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP): DOTS centre established.
  • National AIDS Control Organization (NACO): ICTC approved for testing of HIV and distribution of ART
  • NPCDCS: anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic drugs are distributed free of cost and outreach screening camps conducted.
  • National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP): regular larval surveys conducted for dengue and malaria.
  • Universal Immunization programme: all children up to 16 years vaccinated every Thursday at the hospital and all the Rural and Urban Health Training Centres.

School Health Programme:
In the year of 2021, Department of Community Medicine from K S Hegde Medical Academy organized and took part in various health education programmes as well as Health Checkup involving both Government and Private school children. A total of 10 schools and over 1000 beneficiaries are benifited from school health programme. General health checkup includes General Physical Examination, Oral hygeine, Dental Health, Visual activity, Hearing and brief Systemetic Examination. Health education programmes includes awareness on following topics:- 1.Tobacco and drug abuse 2. Imprtance of Hand Washing 3. HIV/AIDS 4.Menstrual hygeine 5. Reproductive and adolescent health. 6. Personal hygiene. 7. Appropriate Covid 19 behaviour.,br>

Anganwadi Health Programme :
Anganwadi centres are the focal units for the implementation of the Integrated Child Development Services projects in each block.

45 activities involving 200 beneficiaries included general Health Check-up and Nutritional Status Assessment for children under the age of 6 years, immunization Programme, awareness regarding breast feeding practice, menstrual hygiene, sensitisation regarding PCPNDT ACT and family planning practices.

Epidemiological unit:
Total number of health education activities account to 35 in number in the year 2020 -2021 with total number of beneficiaries accounting to 850 individuals.

Topics covered for health education and awareness included important health days such as World Mental Health Day, World Cancer Day, World Health Day, Blood Donation Day, World Diabetes Day, World Tuberculosis Day, Universal health coverage day, International Day of Persons with disability and on various awareness weeks such as Breast Cancer Awareness Week, Breast Feeding Awareness Week, Autism awareness, Mental Health, Blood Donation, Suicide prevention month etc.

In general, importance were given to information and education on Family Planning, Ill Effects of Tobacco and Alcohol, Prevention of Communicable Diseases, HIV, Importance of ORS, Worm infestations, Adolescent Health, Drug Abuse, Menstrual Hygiene and Reproductive Health and Family planning.

  • Dr. Anirban Chakraborthy received a financial grant of Rs 65,00,000 from ICMR for the project titled “The association of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 gene polymorphisms with susceptibility and severity to COVID-19 in Indian population and validation using zebrafish model system”.
  • Dr. Praveen Kumar Shetty received a grant of Rs 39,64,202 by ICMR for the project titled “Therapeutic implications of Nutritional supplement short chain fatty acid-butyrate in rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis”.
  • Dr. Mohan Raj received a research grant of Rs 29,45,400 by DST-SERB for the project titled “Bacteriophages and their products for controlling the biofilms of drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae”.
  • Dr. Arshdeep Sidhu received grant of Rs 29,19,190 by DST-SERB for the project titled “Hierarchical self-assembly of homologous recombination repair foci: development of a physiologically relevant model system for molecular-resolution studies”
  • Dr. Biswajit Maiti received a grant of Rs 26,50,000 by ICMR for the project titled “Deciphering outer membrane protein-based resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and bacteriophage for effective control of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii”.
  • Dr. Anurag Sharma received a grant of Rs 24,00,000 by ICMR for the project titled “Decoding the molecular mechanism associated with ionizing radiation induced hematopoietic malignancy using Drosophila model system”.
  • Dr Usha Adiga received a grant of Rs 19,26,000 by ICMR for the project titled “Influence of UGT1A3 Gene Polymorphism on Sodium Valproate Monotherapy In Pediatric Epileptic Patients”.
  • Dr. Uday Venkat Mateiti received a grant of Rs 13,55,591 by ICMR for the project titled “lmpact or pharmacculical care on clinical economic. and healthrelalcd quality or life of diabetic foot ulcer palictits”.
  • Dr Usha Adiga received a grant of Rs 10,00,000 by RSSDI for the project titled “Association of CXCL10 Gene Polymorphism and its expression with insulin resistance and severity of SARS-COV2 infection: A Cross sectional study”.