Soon, government medical college professors and students can conduct research on health issues of their choice and offer an evidence based treatment to patients approaching State-run hospitals. The Government of India has chosen the Madras Medical College to set up a multi-disciplinary research unit (MDRU) and has sanctioned over `5 crore for it.
As an initiative to encourage quality medical research work in government medical institutions that usually focus on routine patient care, the Department of Health Research (DHR) under the health ministry has chosen MMC from the seven institutions in the State that presented a research proposal last year. In total, the department will be establishing MDRUs in 80 government medical colleges and research institutions across the country at a cost of over `500 crore.
A space of about 3,000 sq ft has been chosen in the college’s new campus at the old prison complex. The civil works will be complete in two weeks’ time at a cost of `25 lakh.
“This lab is not only for government medical college professors, but also for others who wish to conduct research. We have already received `25 lakh for the civil work. The `5 crore will be given in a phased manner to procure equipments and kits,” said Dr V Kanagasabai, Dean, MMC and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.
The research work conducted at the lab would focus mainly on non-communicable diseases that involves effort from many departments. With two scientists, a technician and a supervisor, additional financial assistance would also be provided on an annual basis to meet the recurring expenses towards staff members, consumables, training and others for a period of five years, officials said.
Last year, a team of six professors from seven government medical institutions – MMC, Chengalpattu Medical College, Madurai Medical College, Tiruchy Medical College, Coimbatore Medical College and Tirunelveli Medical College – had presented research proposal to the Union Health Ministry.