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St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Community Health Training Center, Mugalur, Karnataka

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St. John’s Community Health Training Centre at Mugalur has its roots in the early 1980s, when the villagers of Mugalur district, with financial support from a local bank, proposed the setting up of a facility to improve the health status of villagers. St John’s hospital set up a primary care dispensary for this purpose in Mugalur district, which eventually expanded to include the training of medical students from St John’s medical college, and more curative care services.

The community, initially largely rural with agriculture as the main occupation, is rapidly urbanizing as many villagers are choosing to work in industries.

The Centre provides services to villagers in the areas of mother and child health, senior citizens health service, hearing impairment, mental illness, eye care, community-based rehabilitation, and occupational health.

Villagers have felt the impact of St. John’s work. The occupational health initiative reduced respiratory illnesses among tea plantation workers from 27% in 1998 to 19% in 2010. Genito-urinary, and pregnancy related infections were also reduced.

The Centre is striving to improve the quality of services it provides to villagers, and also wants to include a research component in its list of activities. As St. John’s has a very well equipped laboratory, the facility can be used for any field based research the department wishes to undertake.

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