Nagpur becomes the first centre to conduct DCH exam

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 09:15:53



Principal Correspondent,

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) UK will be starting DCH (Diploma in Child Health) examination in India and has recognised Nagpur as the country's first center. The exam will be conducted jointly by NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Hingna in conjunction with RCPCH.

Doctors providing medical services in rural areas will greatly benefit by undertaking the DCH examination that will be taking place in January each year. Doctors associating for conducting the examination would be given two days training for the same, by a joint RCPCH instructional team comprising of doctors from both India and UK.

As a mark of celebration, the team of Paediatrics from UK headed by Dr Ramesh Mehta was felicitated. Present on the occasion was the team from HERD Foundation headed by Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh to honor and present a citation to Dr Ramesh Mehta. Joining in with the felicitation were Dr Uday Bodhankar -Nodal RCPCH DCH, Prof. Nilofer Mujawar, HOD Paediatrics, Dr Meenakshi Girish, - NKPSIMS and LMH.
Dr Amol R Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta from HERD Education and Medical Research Foundation coordinated efforts to organise the felicitation event.

Dr Ramesh Mehta is an NRI from Nagpur who has carved a place of himself on the international scene. A recipient of the highest honors in UK - OBE (Order of the British Empire), he heads the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. He retired as the consultant and lead Paediatrician for Bedford Hospital in 1996, to establish the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO - He wrestled for the Indian doctors in U.K. for their rights).

The efforts of Dr Mehta were instrumental in setting up Diploma in Child Health, (DCH) examination centers for RCPCH study programme in eight Indian cities that includes Nagpur as the first center. Candidates successfully passing this examination would become qualitatively proficient, stated Dr Mehta, which would be useful to enhance and improve the child healthcare services in India.

The British team includes Dr Anna Matthews, Dr Venugopal, Dr Sam, Dr Mithilesh Lal, and Dr Santosh Agarwal. The Indian team comprises Dr Anjan Bhattacharya, Dr Sujata Thyagarajan, and Dr Praveen Venkatgiri. The dinner hosted by Dr Rajesh Sanghvi, well-known city Paediatrician had dignitaries including Rupatai Deshmukh gracing the occasion.