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Paediatrics & Neonatology

The department of Paediatrics & Neonatology at MMHRC has seen a steady growth over the years. As a tertiary and referral centre we provide excellent service to many complicated cases that are referred to us. Paediatric patients are monitored by qualified paediatricians, who are available round the clock. Through our dedicated services, state-of-the-art equipment and experienced doctors, we have acquired a good reputation for diagnosing and treating all types of paediatric cases.

General paediatrics consists of a separate emergency cum procedure room which is equipped with critical care resuscitation trolley, suction apparatus, centralized oxygen supply, intubation sets, emergency drugs, nebulizers, cardiac monitor, pulse oxymeter infusion pumps etc.


Facilities & Equipment

The NICU is equipped with

  • Mechanical ventilator with high frequency ventilation mode
  • CPAP
  • Incubators
  • NIBP monitors
  • Apnea monitors
  • Cardiac monitors
  • Pulse Oxymeters
  • Neonatal trolleys
  • Centralized oxygen supply
  • Sufficient infusion pumps.
  • Double sided photo therapy units
  • Open care warmer system with radiant warmers
  • A warmer & air-conditioner in order to maintain a thermo neutral temperature


  • Dr. A. Kannan, MD, (Paed) - Sr. Consultant
  • Dr. Uma Muralidharan, MBBS, D.Ch, DNB (Paed) – Jr. Consultant


  • Our neonatal intensive care unit is well known for its excellent service to term preterm and sick newborn babies. 
  • To avoid cross infection the unit is divided into septic and aseptic units. Utmost importance is given to aseptic techniques while dealing with neonates.

  • MMHRC is the only hospital in Madurai to provide surfactant therapy and ventilatory care for premature babies.

  • Prompt RDS management is important and has helped us in  Providing tertiary care for very sick babies and extremely premature babies.
  • The outcome of premature babies are treated with surfactant, parental nutrition and hyper bilirubinemia treated by Exchange transfusion is much better than those who are managed conservatively. 
  • Our services are at par with any other well-equipped tertiary care centre in the country.

  • Ventilator care and surfactant therapy provided here has improved the survival rate of preterm babies with respiratory problems.

  • With the help of the Blood bank and free availability of blood component therapy, complicated and rare bleeding disorders, platelet disorders, thalassemia, septicemia and Haemophilia are managed successfully.

  •  Exchange transfusions have saved many newborn with Rh haemolytic disease.

Specialized Services

  • Super specialties in surgery, urology and plastic surgery help us to provide best treatment to children with acute surgical and urological problems and also correction for congenital anomalies.
  • Several interesting yet complicated cases and rare syndromes have been diagnosed and treated in our department successfully.
  • Our aim is to serve the poor, and our department regularly conducts free paediatric health camps on (every Saturdays) catering to children from the lower socio- economic strata.
  • Laboratory investigations are done at a concessional rate during these camps.
  • The economically deprived people are getting better access to care, through these efforts.
  • We also provide free immunization (BCG & OPV) on all working days.
  • The department of paediatrics has treated 1806 out patients and 763 in patients from April 2005 to March 2006.


  • The department also runs a post-graduate program affiliated to the National Board of Examinations (NBE), New Delhi, whereby four residents are enrolled every year through a national entrance exam and centralized merit board counseling.
  • The DNB residents undergo three years  (Primary DNB/Post MBBS) or two years (Secondary DNB/ Post DCH) training in the speciality, after which they are awarded a master’s degree of diplomate in National Board (Paediatric) on passing the theory and practical examination conducted by the board.
  • There are currently 10 DNB residents in the department (5 primary and 5 secondary). Their academic activities includes regular seminars, journal clubs, case presentations, group discussions, OSCEs, thesis/dissertations and other research work.
  • They are encouraged to participate in the monthly clinical society meeting of the hospital as well as paediatric CMEs and conferences held at the other places also.

Emergency Contact : 0452-2581212 ,Cardiac Emergency : 0452 -2585001