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Department of paediatrics
Child care has always been an area of major concern and therefore an integral part of the services offered by St. Stephen's Hospital since its inception. The department has   a team of dedicated and qualified staff comprising of five full time paediatric consultants, Thirteen residents and specially trained nursing personnel. The department besides  taking care of over 7000 babies born in this hospital every year also runs a full fledged paediatric ward and out patient service. 
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has the latest equipments that are required to deliver efficient tertiary care to the neonates including ventilators, incubators, open care systems, neonatal ultrasound machine, cardio-respiratory and blood pressure monitors, infusion pumps, pulse oxymeters and phototherapy units.
The OPD Services include daily general and private OPDs, Special Clinics, Well Baby Clinics . Preventive paediatrics is an integral part of our OPD Services through our Well Baby Clinics and immunisation in post natal wards. 
Our paediatric department is a referral centre for tertiary care of sick children from North Delhi and nearby colonies and villages. Special paediatric clinics are held at Nandnagri Community Centre.
In the paediatric ward specialised and intensive care is provided to sick babies. The paediatric ward has 49 beds and a 6 bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The PICU is manned round the clock by postgraduate residents. It has 2 ventilator cots. There is a provision of free beds both on children's ward and the neonatal nursery for the indigent. 
The department provides health care for about 120 orphans with the Missionaries of Charity under the supervision of Dr. R Beri. A project to provide play therapy for these children won the Sir James Flett Gold Medal of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics.
The five full time paediatric consultants, all have general interests. Dr. Beri also has special interest in Paediatric Nephrology, Dr. Nirmal Kumar in Paediatric Neurology and Dr. Saroj Singh in Paediatric Pulmonology. Dr. J Puliyel looks after  paediatric diabetis and behavioral disorders. Full middle grade cover is provided by 8 Post Graduate Senior Registrars. There are 5 Senior House Officers (SHO) who are Diplomate of National Board (DNB) trainees. SHOs in the last six months of their training take duties on the registrar rota. 
At present we have one Research Fellow Post funded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.
The nursing services are led by Sister A. Isaac Anora and Sr. Rose Mary.

  • DNB Training
We take 2 SHOs each year for the 3 year DNB training programme. Candidates must have passed part I of the DNB to qualify. As per hospital policy,  preference is given to Christian doctors and those sponsored by Christian mission hospitals. Dedicated teaching time has a schedule for Journal Club Meetings, Seminars, Presentations, Weekly Quiz and Monthly Tests. Postings with the Community Health Department and with specialties like ENT and Ophthalmology and Dermatology are arranged. We also register  two DCH Registrars each year for the 2 year DNB training.

  • PGDMCH Training
The department is a  Skill Development Centre for the Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal and Child Health (PGDMCH) and Dr. J Puliyel is Academic Counsellor to the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • Research
The Paediatric Department has received external research funding for the following projects.

  • Impact of pollution related haze on vitamin D metabolites in socially disadvantaged children. The study is being done in collaboration with Dr. Pramod Upadhyaya at the Centre for Science Education and Communication and funded by  Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.
  • Development of a simple regime of play and to assess the impact of this as growth and development of institutionalised children in an orphanage setting. Funding for this comes from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • Studies of the effect of pollution on cardio respirator function in children, funded by Tulika Public Services, a NGO working among school children in campaign against pollution.
  • Publications
  • Repeated Unifocal Seizure in post neonatal infants with hypocalcenoma, Indian Paediatric 2000, 37:203-5
  • Acute pancreatitis with Cholestatic Hepatitis, An unusual manifestation of hepatitis, Annals of Tropical Paediatrics 1999, 19, 391-4
  • Melas Syndrome, Indian Journal of Paediatrics 1999, 66, 621-5
  • A Study of Current Trends in Enteric Fever, Journal of Communicable Diseases 1999, 30, 171-4
  • Evaluation of Leucocyte Eastrogen Reagent for rapid diagnosis of Pyogenic Meningitis, Indian Paediatrics 1999, 36, 455-6
  • Sudden onset profound deafness in association with anti phospho lipid antibodies in a child with SLE, Indian Paediatrics 2000, 37, 1274-6
  • Drawing on adult learning theory to teach personal and professional values, Medical Teacher 1999, 21, 513-5
  • Comments on Congenital Methemoglobinemia, Indian Journal of Paediatrics 2000, 67, 782
  • Gall bladder wall odema  in serology proven paediatric dengue haemorrage fever, A useful diagnostic finding that may help in prognostication, Journal of Tropical Paediatrics 1999, 46, 176-7
  • Should Immunisation against hepatitis B take priority over provision of clean drinking water, British Medical Journal, 1999, 319, 188
  • Universal Immunisation with Hepatitis B Vaccine. What it will cost, Indian Paediatrics 2000, 37, 107
  • Newer Vaccines: like Marie Antianette said "Let the poor eat cake", Indian Paediatrics 1998, 35, 1245
  • Issue and Controversies in contemporary immunisation In Recent Advances in Paediatrics, Volume 10, Editor, Suraj Gupta.
  • Newer Vaccines - To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is the question : Ethical and Medico-legal issues. Indian Paediatrics 1988, 35, 791
  • A simple strategy to improve first breath oxygen delevery by amubag, Resuscitation 2000, 45; 221-224.
Related Links
Agarwal KS, Mughal MZ, Upadhyay P, Berry JL, Mawer EB, Puliyel JM.
The impact of atmospheric pollution on vitamin D status of infants and toddlers in Delhi, India.
Arch Dis Child. 2002 Aug;87(2):111-3.
Puliyel JM.
The dummies' guide to risk-benefit analysis of vaccines.
Pediatrics. 2002 Jul;110(1 Pt 1):193.
Ojha RK, Abraham J, Khosla M, Puliyel JM.
Global alliance on vaccines and immunizations. Vaccine promotion is circumventing market forces.
BMJ. 2002 Apr 20;324(7343):975
Walt G, Brugha R, Starling M, Ojha RK, Abraham J, Khosla M, Puliyel JM.
Global alliance on vaccines and immunizations. Save the Children UK had concerns about alliance that went further than report did.
BMJ. 2002 Apr 20;324(7343):974-5.
Agarwal K, Thomas N, Taneja V, Beri RS, Khanduri U, Puliyel JM.
Plasma exchange in a child with systemic lupus erythematosus antiphospholipid antibodies and profound deafness.
Ann Trop Paediatr. 2002 Mar;22(1):109-10. 
Puliyel JM, Taneja V, Jindal K, Thomas N.
Hepatitis B leading to hepatocellular carcinoma: calculating the risk.
Indian J Gastroenterol. 2001 Nov-Dec;20(6):251-2.
Sachdev P, Bahl S, Puliyel JM.
Screening for Down's syndrome. Ratio of femoral length to tibial length needs to be evaluated extensively.
BMJ. 2002 Jan 12;324(7329):112.
Srivastava RK, Gupta S, Bhargava M, Kumar N, Upadhyay P, Puliyel JM.
An indigenous leucocyte esterase test along with Pandy's test for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.
Indian Pediatr. 2001 Nov;38(11):1281-6. 
Puliyel JM, Agarwal KS, Abed Abass F.
Natural immunity to Haemophilus influenza b in infancy in Indian children.
Vaccine. 2001 Sep 14;19(32):4592-4
Singhal D, Kumar N, Puliyel JM, Singh SK, Srinivas V.
Prediction of mortality by application of PRISM score in intensive care unit.
Indian Pediatr. 2001 Jul;38(7):714-9.
Gupta R, Thomas RD, Sreenivas V, Walter S, Puliyel JM.
Ultrasonographic femur-tibial length ratio: a marker of Down syndrome from the late second trimester.
Am J Perinatol. 2001 Jun;18(4):217-24.
Abass F, Thomas RD, Rajkumar A, Gupta N, Puliyel JM.
Controlling perinatally acquired hepatitis B.
Indian J Pediatr. 2001 Apr;68(4):365. 
Agarwal KS, Puliyel JM, Khanduri U.
Sudden onset profound deafness in association with antiphospholipid antibodies in a child with SLE.
Indian Pediatr. 2000 Nov;37(11):1274-6.
Agarwal KS, Puliyel JM.
A simple strategy to improve first breath oxygen delivery by self inflating bag.
Resuscitation. 2000 Aug 1;45(3):221-4.
Gupta S, Singh SK, Taneja V, Goulatia RK, Bhagat A, Puliyel JM.
Gall bladder wall edema in serology proven pediatric dengue hemorrhagic fever: a useful diagnostic finding which may
help in prognostication.
J Trop Pediatr. 2000 Jun;46(3):179-81. 
Singh SK, Sarin D, Puliyel JM, Srivastav R, Gupta R, Kumar N, Mathews A.
Melas syndrome.
Indian J Pediatr. 1999 Jul-Aug;66(4):621-5.
Agarwal KS, Beri RS, Puliyel JM.
Repeated unifocal seizure in post neonatal infants with hypocalcemia.
Indian Pediatr. 2000 Feb;37(2):203-5.
Puliyel JM.
Universal immunization with hepatitis B vaccine- what it will cost.
Indian Pediatr. 2000 Jan;37(1):107-10.
Bisharda A, Chowdhury R, Puliyel JM.
Evaluation of leukocyte esterase reagent strips for rapid diagnosis of pyogenic meningitis.
Indian Pediatr. 1999 Sep;36(9):955-6. 
Agarwal KS, Puliyel JM, Mathew A, Lahoti D, Gupta R.
Acute pancreatitis with cholestatic hepatitis: an unusual manifestation of hepatitis A.
Ann Trop Paediatr. 1999 Dec;19(4):391-4.
Puliyel JM.
Should immunisation against hepatitis B take priority over provision of clean drinking water?
BMJ. 1999 Jul 17;319(7203):188.
Puliyel JM.
Newer vaccines: like Marie Antoinette said, "let the poor eat cake".
Indian Pediatr. 1998 Dec;35(12):1245-9.
  • Child Life Programme
Following on our award winning work with the Missionaries of Charity the Department has become a placement centre for M.Sc students , internship of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies of the University of Delhi. In conjunction with these, we are in the process of introducing the "Child Life Programme" in the paeadiatric ward making the ward more child friendly.
  • The Mission
The Paediatric Department aims to provide child friendly and efficient health care to the paediatric population at affordable costs and a stimulating, satisfying and friendly environment for doctors and nurses to work in.


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