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PHFI awarded for training primary care physicians

PHFI has been running the training programme in various chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases etc. since 2011.

health Updated: Sep 21, 2017 17:34 IST
Dr K Srinath Reddy, founder- Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
Dr K Srinath Reddy, founder- Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).(Mint File)

Training close to 20,000 primary care physicians in about 400 districts in India won the Public Health Foundation of India (PFHI) the National Quality Conclave’s platinum award.

“I have always stressed upon the need for strengthening the primary healthcare system, especially getting quality doctors. It always helps to have adequately trained doctors at the grassroots level to bring down load from tertiary care hospitals like AIIMS,” said Dr K Srinath Reddy, founder- PHFI.

“It is a recognition of PHFI’s outstanding contribution to skill building initiatives and advancement of knowledge in the Indian healthcare sector.”

Piyush Goyal, Union railway minister, and chief guest at the inaugural session, said, “It is high time we focus on quality in India. We should not be ready to accept the second best.”

PHFI received the Quality Council of India-DL Shah platinum award for their skill building initiative in the two-day quality conclave that ends on Friday.

PHFI has been running the training programme in various chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases etc. since 2011. Around 12 courses are run at district-wise training centres.

“Primary care physicians who are already practicing but don’t have sufficient skills or training to handle chronic conditions are trained in diagnosising and treating different diseases. The courses last from 6 months to a year,” said Prabhakaran Dorairaj, vice-president- research and policy, PHFI.

The course content is designed by National and international experts. “We select a pool of experts who vet the course and then trainers are selected who would teach on ground. The course is delivered in batches every Sunday, and each batch doesn’t exceed 20 trainees,” said Dr Reddy.

At the end of the course, trainees have to take an exam and score at least 50% to pass.

“Initial plan was to train only MBBS doctors with 3 years of experience, but after we started we realised a lot of MDs were also keen to join the course so we opened it for everyone willing to join,” said Dr Dorairaj.