The BJ Medical College (see pic) will start a new course in specialised paediatric surgery from the upcoming educational year. According to college authorities, the specialised course will be a first of its kind in any government medical college in the state apart from the Grant Medical College, which belongs to the group of JJ Hospital in Mumbai.   

"A couple of months back we received the grant from the state government to start the course," said Dr D G Kulkarni, medical superintendent, Sassoon General Hospital. "Accordingly, we are making sure the course will start from the month of June." 

Kulkarni added that the hospital already had all the facilities necessary for the practical knowledge of the course like operation theatre, 20 beds and full-time teachers. Kulkarni said the duration of the course would be three years and only those students would be admitted for the course who have done masters in surgery. 

"The hospital authority felt the need of such a specialised course after the observation that the internal organs 
of children are altogether different and more delicate than of adults and this needs special operating skills," Kulkarni said.

Ward Number 3 of Sassoon hospital is kept reserved for these specialised surgeries. The ward consists of 20 beds and the number will be increased in proportion to the number of patients received from all over the district. 

The economically poor sections of society will get the maximum benefit of this initiative and they will not have to go all the way to Mumbai for paediatric surgeries, said Kulkarni.