Introduction

The Department of Paediatrics came into existence in 1967 with a Bed strength of 30 at District Hospital, Belgaum.  The first Head of the Department was Dr. K.H. Belgaumkar, MRCP, followed by Dr. B. M. Siddibhavi, MRCP, Dr. V.D. Patil, M.D., DCH and Dr. (Mrs.) N.S. Mahantshetti, M.D, Dr. S M Dhaded, MD and Dr. (Mrs) R M Bellad, MD, DCH.  The faculty members during that period were only 3 which have now increased to 17.  The KLE Society’s Hospital was started in 1984 with 25 beds in Paediatrics.  The DCH course was started in 1978 and M.D. Degree in 1982 with an intake of 6 and 3 students per year, respectively. 

In 1996, the New KLE Society’s Hospital & Medical Research Centre was started and the Paediatric Bed strength increased to 120.  In addition, we have also 20 Beds of Level III NICU and 14 Beds of Paediatrics Intensive Care.

The faculty members include Superspecialists in Neonatology, Paediatric Intensive Care, Nephrology, Neurology & Paediatric Cardiology.  The department also runs Special clinics like Under-five Clinic, Child Development Clinic, Kangaroo Mother Care Clinic, Pediatric Nephrology Clinic, Thalassemia Clinic and Pediatric Neurology Clinic. The department has taken a lead in promoting Baby Friendly Hospital initiative, which is a National Policy, and the department is proud to state that the hospital (KLE Society’s Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Belgaum) has been recognized as “Baby Friendly Hospital” (BFH).  Our faculty members have spread the message of BFHI into the community of Belgaum and surrounding villages.

The faculty members are involved in various community programmes like RCH, IMNCI, Promotion of Breast Feeding, Home management of Diarrhoea, HIV awareness among adolescents and Adolescent Health.  Our faculty members are actively involved in research projects in collaboration with Global Network and NIH.

The Postgraduate Alumni are doing very well and are well placed with many of them doing Post-doctoral courses and Fellowships.  Many of the undergraduates have taken up Paediatrics as a Speciality and have got their PG Degree from prestigious institutions in India and abroad.

Our aim is to set-up an Institution of Child Health to serve the growing needs of the Paediatric community.