Preventive & Social Medicine

Preventive Medicine developed as a branch of medicine distinct from public health. It is applied to “Healthy” people. Its primary objective is prevention of disease and promotion of health. Preventive Medicine has become a growing point in medicine. In fact, as medical Science advances, it will become more and more preventive practice in nature. Preventive measures are already being applied not only to chronic degenerative and hereditary diseases but also to the special problems of old age.

Three levels of prevention are now recognized :

Primary : Intended to prevent disease among healthy people.

Secondary : Directed towards those in whom the disease has already developed.

Tertiary : To reduce the prevalence of chronic disability. Consequent to disease.


Prevention is better than cure is the main theme behind the teaching of the departmental teachers. College has a well decorative Museum with adequate accommodation for the display of models, charts, specimens and other material concerning communicable diseases, diet, homoeopathic prophylactics, National Health Programmes, Immunization, Community health, Family Welfare, Bio statistics, Sociology etc. The subject is made more practical & creative through community health survey, maternal & child health care under AYUSH, family planning awareness programme, educational tours, camps, school health checkups etc. Every year students visit neighbouring schools, health check-up camp, Dept of of Communicable diseases of Burdwan Medical College & Local Water treatment plant to learn the practical aspects of the subject. Free medical camps are arranged in surrounding villages to provide health education & medical aid to patients.

It is defined as “the art & science of health promotion, disease prevention, disability limitation & rehabilitation”.
Social Medicine has varied meanings attached to its label. By derivation, Social Medicine is the study of man as a Social being in his total environment. It covers the following, the preventive and social medicine concept, man and society, aim and scope of preventive and social medicine, social causes of disease and social problems of the sick, relation of economic factors and environment in health and disease.
The study of disease is really the study of man & his environment.

METHODOLOGY

The total number of theory classes conducted in a Session are over 150. The practical classes are about 100 as per the C.C.H. Rules.
Assessment examinations are taken as per the norms of W.B. University of health Sciences.

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

The Students are taught & trained in details about
Food and nutrition in relation to health and disease
Personal hygiene
Atmospheric pollution
Water purification
Sanitation
Disinfection
Principles of prevention and control of communicable disease, common viral diseases, animal diseases, transmissible to man.
Maternal and child health
School Medicine and its aim and methods
National Family Planning Programme
Population and growth control
Public Health Administration
International Health Relation

ACTIVITIES

Apart from the regular classes, we undertake :
Educational Visits, Family Planning Centre, T. B. Centre, Leprosy Centre, Isolation Centre, Water Purification Plant, Government Milk Scheme.
Regular Camps
Immunization schedule programmes
Survey in slum areas
A study of different diseases prevalent.

TEACHING AIDS

Food & Nutrition – Jars with informative plates & Charts
Informative Charts
Vectors mounted Jars
Charts made by students
Models
Block Charts
Different instruments & equipments

FUTURE PLANS
Development of software for department
Up gradation of Dept.
Publication of Dept.
Arranging Guest Lectures for students.