1. Can you tell us about yourself & your background ?
I did my MBBS at Government Medical College, Trivandrum. From there I worked as Medical Officer in Department of Health Goverment of Kerala. Later, I worked in New Delhi at the Mool Chand Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine.
To further improve my clinical skills I later shifted to the U K. I did a MRCP in Internal Medicine from Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and I worked in various Hospitals in England in the Departments of Internal Medicine & Diabetology.
Now I am settled in Trivandrum handling cases of Internal Medicine & Diabetology.
2. What are the most common issues that patients come to see you for ?
Apart from the most common infections of the Respiratory System ( which manifest with any one or all of fever, cough, head ache , running nose ), we encounter Dysentery, Diarrhoea and things like Back Pain / Neck Pain as occupational hazards (especially for those who use computers for many hours). Next comes Asthma / Allergic problems due to severe Atmospheric Pollution which is a real menace to us. Also there are problems of Acidity / Loss of sleep / Lack of Sexual Drive ( More so in the young age group ) all due to stress at work & family & due to cutthroat competition in life. Last, but very grave, is the menace of weight gain & a series of problems associated with the same; for example: Diabetes, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Heart Attack, Pain (of weight-bearing joints ) etc...
3. Do you have any general advice for your patients in terms of your particular area of speciality ?
Yes, Indeed. Most of the diseases are preventable,delay-able or their severity could be reduced if we try to lead a healthy life. Regular moderate physical exercise & leading a disciplined life with predominantly vegetarian diet can prevent / delay / control Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Heart Attack etc. Prevention is always better than cure.
4. What is the most challenging aspect of your job ?
Imagine a situation when a patient is brought to the OP by wheel chair or carried by others. After intensive Medication of an hour or two, the same patient gets up & walks back to the car ( This happens with Asthma, sudden drop of blood sugar & in certain types of fevers ). No words are adequate enough to sketch the tremendous satisfaction a Doctor gets in such situations. These are the most challenging moments of Medical Practice.
5. What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job ?
Most enjoyable aspect is the satisfaction a Doctor gets in his endeavour to impart the techniques of Health & Healing to the needy & suffering with the Medical Knowledge which he has acquired through years of hard work.
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