GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
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
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
- Free sexual health care for students including information and educational services.
- Providing mental health support to students
- Providing mental health support to students
- Strict implementation of the smoke free
policy on campus.
- Conduct research and generate useful
publications around good health and
- Policies adopted by the Nitte (DU):
- The campus has been declared as Tobacco
- The campus has a Student Wellness Centre
for physical and mental health and well being
of the staffs and students of the university.
- Workshop on ‘Advanced critical care
physiotherapy management and pulmonary
rehabilitation’ was conducted on 10th March
- Arivu-Neravu, a one-day workshop for
children was conducted at KSHEMA on 28th
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
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
National Health Programs:
- 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
School Health Programme:
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.
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
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
Total number of health education activities
account to 35 in number in the year 2020 -2021
with total number of beneficiaries accounting to
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.
RESEARCH PROJECTS RECEIVING EXTRA MURAL FUNDING IN 2021
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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”.