Doctors warned against poor service to patients

Minister opens renovated physiotherapy unit at Wenlock Hospital

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said stringent action will be initiated against doctors who fail to treat patients and behave rudely with them.

Speaking after inaugurating the renovated building for physiotherapy wing and District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC) at Wenlock Hospital here on Tuesday, he said patients think twice before visiting the hospital inspite of the availability of best facilities in government hospitals.

He said the doctors and staff at the government hospitals have failed to retain the trust of the people. Those who fail to respond to the woes of the people will be suspended from service, he warned.

Khader said, “The degrees that doctors and paramedical staff possess is not sufficient. The way doctors respond to the patients needs to be changed.The doctors and staff should serve the public.” 

He said that the DEIC will be opened in all districts in the state under the National Health Mission (NHM). The DEICs will be set up with the concept of 'Early Detection and Management of 4Ds - Defects at birth, Diseases in children, Deficiency conditions and Developmental delays including Disabilities’. Reducing Infant Mortality Rate is the main objective behind the setting up of DEICs.The programme will monitor the mental health of children, he added.

Nitte University Pro Chancellor Dr Shantharam Shetty said Wenlock Hospital is a good example for how PPP mode functions.

Mangaluru Rotary Club President Yathish Baikampady said the Rotary Physiotherapy Centre, attached to the Government Wenlock Hospital, was established in 1968 by the Rotary Club of Mangaluru.

The club saw the need for it there were no physiotherapy centres in the entire Dakshina district and hundreds of patients needed it badly to overcome their temporary disability. The centre was upgraded in the year 2000 and many equipment were replaced. However, many of these machines are outdated today and the club decided to upgrade it once again as moer than 100 patients visit the centre daily now. It has replaced the entire equipment with the latest state-of-the-art facilities so that the patients get the best modern day treatment, he noted.

The building was in a dilapidated condition and the government upgraded it at a cost of over Rs 35 lakh.The Rotary Club of Mangalore partnered with the Rotary Club of Central Chester County (Lionville) RI Dist 7450, USA and used the Global Grant Scheme of The Rotary Foundation, USA to fund this project.

The total cost of the new equipment is USD 32500 (Rs 21 lakh), he added.
Deputy Commissioner A B IBrahim, DHO Dr Ramakrishna Rao, Wenlock Superintendent Dr Rajeshwari Devi and others were present on the occasion.

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