City to get `200 cr for healthcare

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced projects to the tune of Rs 200 crore, dedicated for improving the medical establishments in the city, on Wednesday.

Among the announcements made are a super-speciality hospital on K R Hospital premises at a cost of Rs 95 crore. It will be a six-floor building with 350 beds and state-of-the-art equipment. “Principal Secretary of the Medical Education department has been asked to provide special grants for the construction of the hospital,” he said.

The hospital will also house an equipment bank, which will provide necessary equipment required for orthopedic surgeries. The purpose of the bank is to reduce irregularities in procurement of orthopedic equipment during surgery, so as to reduce the burden on patients. The bank will also deal with generic medicines for patients, he said. Two special wards of the K R Hospital will be demolished to make way for the new building.
The State government has also provided Rs 76 crore for the upgradation of Cheluvamaba Hospital. A 200-bed facility will come up near the Hospital. “Cheluvamaba records up to 50 deliveries a day, as women from nearby districts approach the Hospital regularly. However, it does not have enough facilties to meet the growing demand. So, the government will upgrade the Hospital,” he said.

Trauma care centreThe government would also release Rs 25 crore for the construction of a Trauma Care Centre on P K Sanitorium premises. The facility would help in providing quick medical aid to accident victims.

He said, the neo-natal intensive care unit of Cheluvamba Hospital will be upgraded and funds were already available with the authorities for the purpose.

IncubatorsSiddaramaiah said, Rs 4 crore has been released to upgrade the incubator facility at the Hospital. Due to a shortage of incubators, two to three babies are kept in the same incubator, which raises threats of cross-infection. In order to reduce the same, 20 incubators will be added to the existing 12 incubators, he said.

He said, even though there are sufficient doctors in the Hospital, there is a shortage in paramedical staff. The shortage would be addressed soon, he added.DH News Service

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