Neonatology is that branch of medicine which deals with the care of the smallest and youngest of the population till one month of corrected gestation – viz. one month of age after a full term delivery.
The MOSC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), with its state of the art facility, provides tertiary medical and surgical services for inborn neonates as well as infants referred from other centers.
It is our determined resolve to dedicate a state of the art modern neonatal care facility and provide neonatal care of the highest standard at a cost affordable to the common man
Objectives of the Department of Neonatology:
(a) Provide training for Paediatricians in Neonatal intensive care, develop community neonatology modules and undertake research in topics of interest in Neonatology.
(b) Provide training for nurses in all aspects of neonatal care, Impart short term courses for nurses in neonatal intensive care nursing; and become a nodal point for continuing medical and nursing education
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical Mission Hospital had been in the forefront of imparting medical care to the needy for over 4 decades. As envisioned by the founding fathers, the hospital had been functioning as a multi-specialty care provider for the community.
A ‘neonatal nursery’ had also been functioning in this centre for long – catering to over 3500 deliveries being conducted at this hospital and serving as a referral unit to a population of over 150,000. A modern state of the art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was consecrated in March 2004. This NICU created history by becoming the FIRST unit in India to be officially accredited as a LEVEL - 3 Unit by the National Neonatology Forum of India in the year 2007. MOSC Medical College became the first DM training centre in the state of Kerala in 2013. This was the first DNB Neonatology center in Kerala ( 2007) and second in the country. The DNB program was discontinued in 2011 preceding the commencement of the DM Neonatology course.
A one year post MD training program in Neonatology for senior registrars was available from 2004-2013.
The Department is at present the only DM Neonatology training centre in the State of Kerala, under Kerala University Of Health Sciences (KUHS). We started enrolment since 2013. The Department has recognition for conducting training programs for the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and the National Neonatology Forum.
Post- Basic Diploma in Neonatal nursing Recognized by the Nursing Council of India for individuals with the B.Sc nursing qualifications was commenced in May 2004.
On-going Projects and Research:
K K. Diwakar DCH MD DNB (Ped) FRCPCH (UK)
Professor & Head, Department of Neonatology,
Prof. Krishna Diwakar is an alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India. Having obtained his post graduate qualifications of DCH, DNB (Ped) and MD (Ped) from Kerala, he had his training in Neonatology at the West mead Hospital Sydney (1990 -92). Subsequently he joined as faculty in Neonatology at the Kasturba Medical College Manipal, Karnataka, and was heading the Division of Neonatology from 1995. Dr. Diwakar continued as Professor and Head of Neonatology at the same institution until he joined the MOSC Medical College, in June 2003 to establish the Department of Neonatology here. Prof. Diwakar was the recipient of the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship for the year 2002, and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) in 2007.
Leela Sudhakaran Kamath, MD, AmBd Cert (Ped), FRCP(Can) Ped, FRCP(Can) Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Professor, Department of Neonatology
Dr Leela Kamath did her undergraduate and initial postgraduate (MD Pediatrics) training from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. Subsequently, she did her pediatric residency from Columbia University, New York 1990-93 which was followed by a 3 year fellowship in Neonatology under the University of Toronto at The Hospital for Sick Kids, Mt Sinai and WCH, Toronto 1993-96. On returning to India, she set up a level III NICU in SUT Hospital, Trivandrum in 1996 and was faculty and head of the department of Neonatology till 2009. Dr Leela then joined MOSC Medical College Hospital and has been here since 2009.
Roseline K Madathil, MBBS, DCH, DNB (PED) DNB (NEO)
Assistant Professor, Department of Neonatology
Dr Roseline completed her MBBS from Kottayam Medical College. She obtained post-graduate training –DCH and DNB Pediatrics from SAT Hospital, Trivandrum and was trained in Neonatology at MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery. Dr Roseline worked as Associate Consultant in Neonatology at SUT Hospital, Trivandrum and then joined MOSC Medical College as faculty in May 2016.
Anas Mohammed K MD (Ped) DM (Neonatology)
Assistant Professor, Department of Neonatology
Dr Anas completed his MBBS from Pondicherry University and post graduation [MD (Ped)] from Rajiv Gandhi University , Karnataka, He had his training in DM Neonatology at the MOSC Medical College .
Kunjumol P Mathew, RN, Post Basic Diploma in Neonatal Nursing
Head Nurse, NICU
Ms. Mathew has been with the department from its inception and has been the pillar of nursing administration of the department. She had worked as head nurse in the department of Pediatrics of the JSS Medical College, Mysore for over 10 years, before joining the MOSC Medical College Hospital, and taking charge of the nursing services of the fledgling department of Neonatology in 2004. She has been holding charge of the NICU since then.
Anju.P.Sasi BSc, BEd, PG Diploma in Clinical Child Development
Ms. Anju.P.Sasi, after her graduation, passed the Post Graduate Diploma in Child Development from CDC Thiruvananthapuram. She has been part of the Neonatology team since 2016. She coordinates the discharge and follow-up of NICU graduates. Her contribution to the follow-up program of the department is invaluable
Papers and Publications by the faculty:
Papers By MOSC Neonatology Department In Neonatal Conferences
Chapters in Books:
1. (a) Diseases of the newborn (chapter Pg 357 – 363) in Essentials of Obstetrics Eds: Arulkumaran S, Sivanesaratnam V, Chatterjee A, Kumar; Ist Edition. Jaypee Brothers New Delhi, 2004.
a. (b) 3rd Edn. 2014
2. Establishing Level ll Care Neonatal Units (chapter, Pg 433 – 439) in NNF Manual of Neonatal Care, Eds.Mondkar J, Peejavar RK, 1st Edition, Prism Books, Bangalore, 2004.
3. Neonatal seizures: In. Achar’s Text Book of Neonatology.4th Edition Eds. Swarnarekha Bhat .pg 181, University press Hyderabad (2009).
4. Cranial Ultrasonography Evidence based Guidelines NNF Eds. Dr. Praveen Kumar.
5.Oxygen Therapy : ( Chapter 30 , Pg 463 – 476) In Mathur’s Essential Neonatology Ed. NB Mathur,, 1st Edition Noble Vision New Delhi 2012.
6. Necrotizing Enterocolitis ( chapter..) Textbook of Pediatrics for Postgraduates. Piyush Gupta, PSN Menon, Siddarth Ramji, Rakesh Lodha ( 2015)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) spanning. 10000 sq ft, with designated state of the art patient care area, areas for support services and above all a team of highly dedicated neonatal nurses and doctors constitutes the nerve center of the department of Neonatology.
The 20 bedded NICU has 11 ventilators (including High Frequency Ventilators, and Nitric Oxide delivery system), stand alone CPAP units and state of the art equipment. The NICU provides tertiary medical and surgical services for newborns up to four weeks of age. It admits patients from predominantly the districts of Ernakulam and Idukki, The NICU has over 1,500 admissions per year and manages all neonatal conditions except neonatal cardiac surgery. A comprehensive transport module equipped with transport ventilator and monitors facilitates timely referral for paediatric cardiac interventions.
The unit has in-house facilities for bed-side Echocardiography, Cranial Ultrasonography and screening for both Retinopathy of Prematurity and Hearing.
A regular follow up clinic for the high risk infant is conducted by the consultants in conjunction with the developmental therapist.
Dr. K K. Diwakar DCH MD DNB (Ped) FRCPCH (UK)
Dr. Leela Sudhakaran Kamath, MD, AmBd Cert (Ped), FRCP (Can) Ped, FRCP (Can) Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Dr. Roseline K Madathil, MBBS, DCH,DNB (PED) DNB (NEO)
Dr. Anas Mohammed K MD (Ped) DM (Neonatology)
Ms. Kunjumol P Mathew, RN, Post Basic Diploma in Neonatal Nursing
Ms. Anju P Sasi, BSc, BEd, PG Diploma in Clinical Child Development