Indian Journal of Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-

Evaluation of the integrated disease surveillance project training at Kannur district of North Kerala


Sagar Borker, PP Venugopalan 
 Department of Community Medicine, Kannur Medical College, Kerala, India

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Sagar Borker
Department of Community Medicine, Kannur Medical College, Kerala
India




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Borker S, Venugopalan P P. Evaluation of the integrated disease surveillance project training at Kannur district of North Kerala.Indian J Public Health 2010;54:48-48


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Borker S, Venugopalan P P. Evaluation of the integrated disease surveillance project training at Kannur district of North Kerala. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2010 [cited 2019 Dec 11 ];54:48-48
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Sir,

Evaluation of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) training for medical officers was done at Kannur district of Kerala. Knowledge of medical officers who attended the quarterly meeting at the Office of the District Medical Officer on 6 th April 2009 was assessed by administering a pretested MCQ questionnaire. Each correct response was given 1 mark. There was no negative marking for an incorrect answer or unattended questions. A doctor with the score of above 50% was considered to have good knowledge of the subject. The district has 319 medical officers working in the Primary Health Centers, Community Health Centers, Block Primary Health Centers etc. of which 92 doctors have so far been imparted training under IDSP since its inception in 2006. Total 72 doctors participated in the study of which 46 were trained (63.9%).

Only 2 participants scored < 50% and both were untrained. The range of correct answers was from 5 -15. The mean, median and mode of knowledge scores of participants were 10.97, 11 and 11 respectively (out of 15). A statistically significant difference was seen in the knowledge score of the group of trained participants from those who were untrained (χ2 =4232, d.f. =1, P< 0.01). The knowledge of doctors trained within 1 year was definitely better than those trained before one year. 30% of the participants opined that IDSP may give rise to activity duplication, 50% thought that it will work well whereas 20% declined to comment. 67% of trained doctors opined that training was adequate, rest 23% felt need for retraining. 10% of doctors reported problems in IDSP implementation. Reasons stated by them were heavy paper work and non-availability of internet facilities or data transfer at PHC/ CHC level. Similar evaluation of IDSP training was done in Bellary district of Karnataka [1] . Findings of current study are comparable with that study also. Study thus clearly demonstrates the importance of training, need to organize more number of training programmes, and also need for retraining after a lapse of 1 year.

References

1Satyanarayana. An evaluation of IDSP, Bellary district surveillance unit Karnataka state; 2008. Available from: http://www.google.com/idspevaluation.pdf . [last accessed on 2009 Mar 3].