Proposal submitted for expanding nephro-urology dept at Victoria

A proposal has been submitted to the State government for constructing a four-storey building to house nephro-urology department of the Victoria Hospital.

The 1,289-sq metre building is proposed to be built at a cost of Rs 16 crore and the hospital has earmarked a sum of Rs six crore for the project. The facility will have 45 dialysis units, wards with 60 beds and an outpatient department. The building earlier occupied by the Jayadeva Hospital is being used to treat the outpatients of nephro-urology department at present.

“I have explained about the project proposal to Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil. He has given his approval the recommended the project to the chief minister. Since chief minister is the chairperson of the Institute, his consent is required for proceeding further,” said Dr Keshavamurthy, the director of the Institute. He said that work on the building would be completed in six months as soon the proposal is accepted.

Dr Keshavamurthy said that the nodal agency for executing the work was yet to be identified. The chief minister will decide the agency - Public Works Department, Land Army or Karnataka Health System Development Project - for the work. A global tender would be floated for the project.

The nephrology and urology departments get 300 new patients every day. At present, the institute has 25 dialysis units and it takes four hours for conducting dialysis on a patient. The dialysis is now being conducted on around 65 patients per day in three shifts. With the operationalisation of the proposed building, dialysis could be conducted on 120 to 135 patients per day, he added.
DH News Service

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