The Nitte Rural Psychiatric Centre

Danta Bhagya Yojane

A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, constituent college of Nitte DU is a pioneer in executing ‘Danta Bhagya Yojane’ of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka, in association with National Health Mission and National Oral Health Programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Government of India.

Recognition from Govt. of Karnataka
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Unique Same Day Denture Camps

Geriatric fully edentulous patients face a big challenge as treatment facilities are not available in rural areas. Moreover, it also requires multiple visits by the patients to the dental clinic. In order to facilitate this, single day denture fit in camps are organised wherein the Specialists in the field of Prosthodontics visit these patients at their village and treat them by providing complete denture prosthesis, in a single day free of cost.

A team of Faculty, Post Graduate students, Interns, Under Graduate students, Dental Technicians and Electricians from the Department of Prosthodontics, comprising of 60 to 80 members, carry with them all the required materials & equipments and successfully conduct denture camps in rural areas, in association with the local organisations. The treatment would start in the morning by 9 a.m following all the standard protocols. Fit and insertion of complete denture Prosthesis would be done by 6 p.m.

All the treated cases will be recalled for review after 48 hours. Patients will be examined by a group of Faculty and Post Graduate students. The complete dentures are examined for retention, stability, aesthetics, signs of pain, inflammation and any other complaint by the patients. All the initial problems of the patients are addressed.

The biggest challenge is completion of treatment in a single day which requires meticulous planning and capability to render & deliver complete denture prosthesis involving multiple steps, which otherwise requires at least five appointments for completion.

Nerekere Kshema

A project for total community development of Nitte, Mukka & Sasihithlu villages by bringing the economically and socially marginalized, to the mainstream of the society, has been embarked upon by NITTE. Various schemes pertaining to health, education, housing and self-employment have been implemented to ensure a better quality of life for the people of the community around. Aptly this project is christened as Nerekere Kshema meaning well-being of neighbourhood.

Various activities taken up:

  • Comprehensive primary health care
  • Free /subsidized referral services at the multi-speciality K.S Hegde Hospital
  • School and Educational Support
  • Vocational Training and Employment
  • Housing
  • Drinking water Supply and Water-shed management
  • Orphanages and resettlement of displaced children
  • Infrastructure support to government and other schools

Medical and Dental Health Camps

    Outreach Activity Report 2022

  • Each year, hundreds of general health, specialty health and dental health camps are organized at various locations within Karnataka and neighbouring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Free screening, treatment and referral services are offered. Health awareness and promotional activities are also conducted through these camps.
  • Many of these camps are conducted in collaboration with National/ International Professional bodies such as the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Indian Dental Association (IDA), International College of Dentists’ (Section VI) and Indian Red Cross Society.
  • Mobile Dental Clinics and Single Denture camps have made dental care accessible in remote areas

Collaboration with NGOs for free vision testing and distribution of free spectacles
Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Child Health Nursing, Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences hosted an Ophthalmic camp as a part of community outreach program at Sri Ramakrishna Aided High School, Harekala, Pavoor on 15th November 2021. The visual acuity and eye issues of 156 high school students were assessed with the help of a team of 2 ophthalmic PG students, 2 interns and 2 optometrists. Another team of 20 students from 3rd year B.Sc Nursing and GNM carried out tasks such as monitoring blood pressure, checking height & weight and collecting demographic data. A total of 156 students were examined for vision and ocular disorders. 56 students with vision difficulties were directed to Justice K.S. Hegde Charitable Hospital for additional ocular inquiry and examination.

Detection and Treatment of Malnutrition

  • K.S.Hegde Medical Academy in collaboration with Taluk Health Officer (Puttur) conducted malnutrition detection and treatment camps. Aside from the regular health check-up, children under the age of 18 were specifically screened for malnutrition (particularly severe or moderate acute malnutrition), nutritional deficiencies and developmental delays. Anthropometry was done for all the children and if any treatment was prescribed, drugs were distributed by the government healthcare workers. Nutritional education was given to the parents regarding dietary care for their child..
  • Parents of children with delay in development of speech or behavior were sent to the psychiatrist for consultation and targeted counseling. Antenatal examination of pregnant women was also conducted. Children were screened for dental caries and malformations and health education on oral hygiene was given to such children and their parents areas


Nitte Special Child Care Centre

  • NitteDU operates a program for the welfare of Special children in Dakshina Kannada District. The district has more than 800 special children with special needs and Nitte (DU) has taken up the responsibilities of providing free medical and dental care to these children.
  • National Health Fest for Divyangan- We Care with Special Olympics Bharath
  • Awareness campaign on autism spectrum disorder.
  • Awareness program on specific learning disorder.
  • Poshan bhi - padhai bhi: an awareness program for children through proper nutrition education.
  • A total of 25 Food kits were donated to the needy children with special health care needs of Lions special school, Surathkal.
  • District level training on Physiotherapy & sign language for the special educators (BIERT- Block Inclusive education resource teachers) by resource persons organized by NSPECC in collaboration with Samagra Shikshana Karnataka through Nitte Institute of speech & hearing and Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy
  • COVID safe project, phase 2: ‘COVID 19 vaccination for all’ awareness program initiated and organised at the request of the school management of Padua higher primary school, Mangalore, Stella Maris school & Carmel English medium school, Mangalore.
  • Donation of wheel chair and food kit for children with multi disability.
  • Spectacles donated by NSPECC for children with visual impairment
  • Free dental checkup and treatment provided for special educators of Mangalore taluk
  • Privilege cards given to all special educators which makes them beneficiaries of priority treatment at the integrated center and rural centers of A.B Shetty memorial Institute of Dental sciences throughout the year.
  • Tobacco awareness talk conducted for the special educators by NSPECC
  • Oral health awareness to identify oral lesions amongst children with special health care needs at special schools for special educators delivered by Prof. Dr Amarshree A. Shetty (NSPECC)
  • Childrens day organized by NSPECC in association with Department of Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry, ABSMIDS at the NSPECC centre, Deralakatte for children with special health care needs of Lions special school, Surathkal.
  • A variety of competitions were organized for children with special health care needs


Special Care Services

  • Nethra Jyothi - Rural Eye Care Services
  • Sahara - Free health check-up for Senior Citizens
  • KSHEMA Sandhya - Geriatric Day Care Facility
  • Manasadhara - Psychiatry rehabilitation center with support from Govt. of Karnataka
  • N-SPECC (Nitte Special Children Care) - Free multidisciplinary health care to children with special health care
  • NICAT - Nitte Integrated Care for Tribal Community
  • Sanchalana - subsidized diagnostic services and joint replacement program for arthritis and sports injuries
  • Sanjeevini - Blood Donor Registry
  • Bone Marrow Registry in collaboration with BMC Alumni Society
  • Community de-addiction camps
  • Free embalming facilities

Participation in National Health Programs

National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP)
A DOTS Centre has been established at the Justice K.S. Hegde Charitable Hospital for testing of Tuberculosis and distribution of ATT (Anti-tubercular Drugs) to the patients suffering from Tuberculosis.

National AIDS Control Organization (NACO)
Justice K.S Hegde Hospital has an ICTC (Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre) under NACO (National AIDS Control Organization) for testing of HIV and distribution of ART (Anti-retroviral treatment) to the patients suffering from HIV/AIDS.

National Programme for Prevention & Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke (NPCDCS)
Anti-hypertensive and Anti-hyperglycaemic drugs are distributed free of cost under NPCDCS programme in RHCs. Furthermore, outreach camps are conducted at the RHTCs and UHTCs for screening, diagnosis & treatment of non-communicable diseases in the community.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 (IMI 2.0)
Postgraduates were appointed as external monitors by the World Health Organization (Dakshina Kannada District Office) to assess the immunization status of children under 2 years of age and pregnant mothers in Intensified Mission Indradhanush districts in order to identify the unvaccinated and improve the vaccination coverage of children especially at high risk. Furthermore, immunizing technique of the staff administering the vaccine was monitored in order to ensure correct immunization practic.

National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP)
A Dengue larva survey was conducted from 20.09.2022 to 27.09.2022 and 07-12-2022 to 19-12-2022 under the guidance of HOD Department of Community Medicine and Medical officer RHTC Sasihithlu, along with postgraduates, MSWs and interns of the Department of Community Medicine. The areas screened were Sasihithlu village areas Kadike, Munda,Garodi, Sambitlu, Moodukoppala, Near Mosque, and Lachil. Totally 30 houses mosquitoes breeding sites were identified. Preventive measures were recommended and implemented following the survey.

Nitte Usha Maathr Kshema - Childbirth Education Centre

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing of Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences in collaboration with the Department of OBG have started a Childbirth Education Centre. The Centre provides information on pregnancy care, childbirth process, breast feeding practices, motherhood skills and healthy childcare practices to expectant mothers.

Between Jan 1st 2022 till Dec 31st 2022, a total of 662 mothers received services at Maathr Kshema. Out of these 662 mothers, 309were first-time mothers (primi), while 353 were multi para mothers. Approximately 1125 mothers sought guidance specifically for lactation counselling, with a majority of them being first-time mothers.

Karunya- a helping hand for the disabled

Nitte institute of physiotherapy, Nitte university, teaching faculty have started voluntary unit named “Karunya” (Helping hand for the disabled) with objective of bringing considerate approach to poor patients and by giving them reassurance in their extended rehabilitation programmes.