Nitte University Division of Public Health Studies
Updates on International Symposium on Universal Health Coverage

Rural Health

Under the ideology of Hon. Justice K. S. Hegde, founder of Nitte Education Trust who envisioned “Education, Employment and Health has a crucial role in shaping the living conditions of the people especially the rural population”, Nitte University has established 18 satellite outreach health centresmost of which are focussed on comprehensive rural health projects and provide both medical and dental clinical services including their specialty services.

These centres and communities are located in five districts in two states of Karnataka & Kerala. These outreach extensions have reached population profiles of diverse economy, cultural and social development including geographic locations from west-costal fishermen to Western-Ghat tribal populations.

The Satellite health centers in rural areas has been established with an objective of participation of faculty, postgraduate students, interns and graduating students along with paradental staff to provide primary to specialty oral and dental health care services to the rural people who are not aware and do not have accessibility and availability and definitely cannot afford the specialized treatment. This is considered to be a “Model” for the National or International Health Care System wherein a private medical educational institution has established a counter part for public health system with added specialist services at the doorstep of rural population.

Nitte Health Care to offer Free Chest Pain Clinic in Nitte and Bailur Villages

With an aim to save lives of economically backward classes from cardiovascular diseases, Nitte Health Care through its rural healthcare initiative has installed Rural Chest Pain Clinic in Nitte and Bailur villages in Udupi district.

This free initiative is to benefit rural population in these areas where any person with chest pain can get to Rural Satellite Health Centers in Nitte and Bailur where patients are assessed for chest pain and electrocardiograph (ECG) is taken by the health team and sent to experienced cardiologist at Justice K S Hegde Hospital at Deralakatte, Mangaluru through Android based cellular ECG service for instant specialist's opinion.

This facility is one of the unique in the region where android mobile technology is being used for real time assessment of patients who have chest pain. Based on instant specialist's opinion peripheral health team would initiate interventions or advise the patients as per the need.

These ECG and patient records will only be shared among managing consultants who refer and treat these patients and patients' confidentiality is maintained. Use of this technology enables rural patients in efficient utilization of golden hour in management of cardiac emergencies.

Department of Cardiology and Public Health at K S Hegde Medical Academy have jointly initiated this project and will be expanded to other rural satellite health centres in future involving other departments as well.

Dr Usha Rao, Associate professor, Department of Cardiology, K S Hegde Medical Academy, who visits Nitte Gajaria Specialty Hospital at Karkala every Wednesday, has taken keen interest on this rural initiative. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Dean who was instrumental in developing this project to help the poor.