Registered AYUSH practitioners are recruited and trained to provide evidence based primary allopathic care at our RMHCs. Our core training program is handled by medical officers and master trainers for a period of two months. The program involves both class-room based modules as well as field training modules at our Alakudi RMHC. During the classroom based training program focus is placed on non-clinical as well as clinical skill sets. The non-clinical focus introduces the physicians to Sughavazhvu and its goals, values and objectives and orients them to our culture and vision. Training is offered on our health management technology. The clinical focus involves training the physicians on the pathophysiology of disease, standard primary care protocols, dispensing medication and diagnostic procedures. Emphasis is placed on specific systemic disease starting from signs and symptoms, system specific physical examination, diagnostics and related pharmacology and disease management. Regular assessments are conducted to understand the capability of the physicians. Upon completion of the classroom based training, the physicians are field trained and shadowed at the Alakkudi RMHC prior to taking on a role at an assigned RMHC. Continuing Medical Education (CME) is provided on a monthly basis, where the physicians are updated on current and ethical medical practices and assessed periodically.
Health Extension Worker (HEW):
The RMHC physician is aided by a local Health Extension Worker (HEW) who facilitates patient triage, follow-up visits, and community engagement activities. Health extension workers are hired from among the nursing diploma holders in the villages served by each RMHC, with the view of facilitating an easy rapport between the locals and care providers, and also to customize community engagement strategies according to local needs and customs. HEWs undergo a month-long sughavazhvu training program, involving both classroom based learning as well as on-field experience, under master trainers. Since the HEWs are the first point of contact for patients both at the RMHC and within the community, emphasis is placed on soft skills training as well as clinical training. On the clinical front, HEWs are trained to provide health education and awareness for various diseases, anchor screening processes involving anthropometric and vital measurements, implement community based interventions such as CVD, anaemia, vision. In addition, they are trained to handle the health management system as well as mobile based screening applications. Periodic assessments and continuing medical education provide them a forum to update their knowledge and assess their capabilities.