Department of Allied Health Sciences

The Mission Statement
"To be a centre of excellence, dedicated to quality education in healthcare and research, by integrating values, commitment, social consciousness, professionalism and services to the community by creating skilled global health professionals ".

The government and the healthcare sector have recognized the need and importance of the allied health professions. The National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) has coordinated the setting up of vocational courses in eleven manufacturing and ten service sectors. In allied health there are 14 technician courses in anesthesia, blood bank, cardiac care, diabetes educator, dialysis technician, emergency medical technician, general duty assistant, histo-technician, home health aide, medical lab technician, phlebotomy technician, radiology technician, refractionist and vision technician.

A 2012 study commissioned by the Ministry of Health and conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India, was titled as the “National Initiative for Allied Health Sciences (NIAHS): From ‘Paramedics’ to Allied Health Professionals: Landscaping the Journey and Way Forward”. The NIAHS report calculated a shortage of 64 lakh allied healthcare professionals including gross shortages of anesthesia and operating theatre technicians (8.5 lakhs), optometrists (1.27 lakhs), rehab specialists including clinical psychologists (18 lakhs) and dieticians (2.3 lakhs).

Who is an Allied Health care Professional?

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has recommended the following definition: “Allied and health care professionals (AHPs) includes individuals involved with the delivery of health or healthcare related services, with qualifications and competence in therapeutic, diagnostic, curative, preventive and/or rehabilitative interventions. They work in multidisciplinary health teams in varied health care settings including doctors, nurses and public health officials to promote, protect, treat and/or manage a person(‘s) physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental health and holistic well-being.

MLCU was the first university in Northeast India to have a full-fledged department of allied health sciences. It has provided paramedical professionals for government, private and mission hospitals throughout the region and some of the graduates have become faculty members at several teaching institutions. The Department was established in 2006, and the total number of graduates is 611. The Department has 23 faculty members.

The NIAHS Report prompted the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to develop model curricula for the allied health professions. The department of AHS of follows this model curriculum. Practical training of MLCU students is conducted at leading hospitals in Shillong and internship postings are arranged a leading private and mission hospitals all over India.

The Department has been given a grant by the Indian Council of Medical Research entitled “Prevalence of Subclinical Vitamin A deficiency in children under age of 5 years in rural Meghalaya”. The Department also regularly conducts health camps in various villages in East and West Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi Districts.

Allied health workers are an untapped treasure, critical to fixing the gaping holes in India’s health workforce, particularly the severe shortage of physicians and specialists.

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