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Good news for heart patients as GH gets more specialists

Good news for heart patients as GH gets more specialists

The K. A. P. Viswanatham Government Medical College, Tiruchi, has got six more specialists to its cardiology and cardio thoracic surgery departments.

They are among 29 new posts sanctioned by the State government, mostly for the Super Speciality Departments of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) attached to the medical college. Almost all posts have been filled up.

G. Anitha, Dean of the college, told The Hindu recently that the hospital had been receiving about 3,000 out patients daily. Nearly 10% of them were for heart related treatments.

Appointment of six specialists - four for cardiology and two for cardio thoracic surgery departments - would be helpful for heart patients of the region right from diagnosis to surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax.

She said that the departments of neurology and neuro surgery had received three specialists.

Two of them were for neurology. The department of nephrology had been strengthened with the appointment of three specialists. With this, the GH was equipped to provide services from diagnosis, preservation of kidney health and treatment of kidney diseases.

Dr. Anitha said that the departments of urology, plastic surgery and paediatrics had received two specialists each.

‘Similarly, the Reproductive Maternal and Child Heath block had also been strengthened with the appointment of three anaesthetists and six obstetrics and gynaecologists. There had been a marginal increase in outpatients and inpatients since the appointment of super specialists. Expensive and highly critical treatments and complicated surgeries could be done in the hospital.

She added that the Reproductive Maternal and Child Healthcare building had become operational, where there were 400 beds. With this, the total number of beds had gone up to about 1,800.

Efforts were being taken for optimum use of the Reproductive Maternal Healthcare unit.

The average occupancy rate of in-patient wards hovered around 90 to 95%, which was more than the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms. The installation of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner had reached to an advanced stage. It would be inaugurated shortly.


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