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IGNOU's venture to create "cadre" of heart specialists

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Launches PG diploma course in community cardiology

NEW DELHI: In an ambitious attempt to create a "cadre" of heart specialists across the country, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here has now launched a full time post-graduate diploma course in community cardiology.

A first of its kind, the course was launched by Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss through a nationwide teleconference facility at the University.

Emphasising the need to bring in innovations in post-graduate medical education, the Minister made a special mention of the big five non-communicable diseases namely cardio-vascular, diabetes mellitus, stroke, cancer and mental health which take a heavy toll of human life in the country.

Integrated programme

Pointing out that cardio-vascular diseases cause one-third of the total deaths in the country, the Minister stressed the need for an integrated programme on heart ailments and diabetes mellitus.

The diploma programme will train young MBBS doctors for two years on a full-time basis to help them diagnose and treat heart attacks, heart failure and perform procedures requiring angiography and angioplasty and immediately refer them to apex heart hospitals for further treatment.

Congratulating IGNOU for devising the course, Dr. Naresh Trehan of Escorts Hospital said the programme would aim to create a cadre of cardiologist who would spend time with patients, take the detailed history, perform detailed physical examination and perform non-interventional investigations, and confirm the diagnosis and plan the treatments.

To be offered from this coming January, the course is targeted at not just students in India but also those in other countries with a high prevalence of heart ailments.

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