Kerala’s first clinical skill lab, equipped with simulators to provide state-of-the art training for doctors and paramedics specialising in treatment and care of pregnant women and new born babies, will start functioning in Thiruvananthapuram soon.
The state has one of the best records in care provided for pregnant women, new mothers and babies in the country. According to the National Family Health Survey 3, nearly all births (99 per cent) in Kerala take place under medical care. The national average is just 39 per cent.
The modern lab, equipped with simulators to provide expert training, is being set up at the Kerala State Institute of Health and Family Welfare in Thycaud in the city, state Health Minister V S Sivakumar told the news agency Press Trust of India. The institute annually trains 4,000 doctors, paramedics and other staff of the health department.
Speaking after inaugurating a new hostel building at the institute, he said, “The rooms for the skill lab have been specially designed. The simulators are also being readied. Steps are on to open similar clinical skill labs in Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts at the earliest.”
Those who have been trained at the labs will be monitored and assessed to make sure that the training they receive actually improves the standards of post-natal and neo-natal care provided in Kerala’s state-run hospitals, the minister said.