Indian Medical Association (IMA) has submitted a proposal to the government to set up Kerala Medical Research Council to promote institutional and community based research in the field of modern medicine. Also it has been suggested that all clinical trials should be routed through the council.
"Kerala is far ahead of other states when it comes to quality of healthcare, but it is important to improve and strengthen our research. There are 30 medical colleges, both in the government and private sector, and there is scope for lots of research," said IMA president Dr VG Pradeep Kumar.
According to IMA, KMRC's main purpose would be to promote medical research amongst under graduate (MBBS), post-graduate (MD/MS) and post-doctoral (DM/Mch) trainees, besides promoting research amongst medical teachers, health and private sectors and promoting commitment to health research.
To encourage research, it has been suggested that besides initiating research paper publication by e-journal and print journal, there is a need to introduce best research paper awards in various categories. Also KMRC should also be conducting training programs for clinical research.
At the moment, there is not much research happening in Kerala and most of the research is limited to few areas of epidemiology. There is not much data available on the exact prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases. This data, health experts said is crucial in deciding the exact amount to be allotted for control, prevention and creating awareness about each disease from the health budget.
"All the funding from pharmaceutical companies will be routed through KMRC. Also government through its e-health program can link data in government hospitals and all medical colleges," added Dr Pradeep. – TOI