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Scalpel course on wheels

Special training for steel city surgeons
Tata Steel medical services GM Rajan Chaudhry (right) inside the bus on Saturday.
Tata Steel medical services GM Rajan Chaudhry (right) inside the bus on Saturday.
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Our Correspondent   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 18.03.19, 07:19 AM

A state-of-the-art mobile training centre designed to improve the surgical skills of doctors, nurses and paramedics is currently stationed at the Tata Main Hospital (TMH) here.

Named Johnson and Johnson Institute on Wheels (JJIW), the specialised bus arrived on Saturday after a four-day workshop in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi between March 12 and 15, will stay here till Tuesday.

The training, which is aligned with the Centre’s Skill India mission, was inaugurated by Tata Steel general manager (medical services) Rajan Chaudhry.

The 13.8-metre long and 2.48-metre wide vehicle, which has the infrastructure to train 16 healthcare professionals at a time, has been travelling across the country since March 2018 with an aim of providing hands-on surgery training to around 25,000 healthcare professionals over the next five years.

The mobile surgical training centre was inaugurated by Harsh Vardhan, Union minister of science and technology, in March last year.

After the conclusion of two-day training at TMH, junior surgeons of MGM Medical College and Hospital will also receive a training on suturing (stitching in surgery), knotting and laparoscopic techniques on March 18 and 19.

“One needs years of experience to master the art of suturing and knotting. We want junior surgeons to know the right techniques so that their existing skills can be enhanced,” said an official of Johnson & Johnson.

This is a unique mobile training centre designed to build the surgical skills of doctors, nurses, and para-medical staff to address the demands of the healthcare delivery system and provide better outcomes to patients of India.

Dr. Rahul, a junior surgeon with Tata Main Hospital, appreciated the initiative. “The set-up is awesome. It has got advanced laparoscopic equipment with audio-visual system. This training will benefit many health practitioners,” he said.

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