Srirangam GH keeps pace with private hospitals
A Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and New Born Care (CEmONC) centre and a digital X-ray unit are among the new facilities that are to be added soon to the Srirangam Government Hospital, which has witnessed tremendous improvements over the past three years.
The government order for setting up the CEmONC centre has been issued. A digital X-ray unit has already been sanctioned, according to the hospital authorities.
Equipped with an array of state-of-the-art equipment and excellent infrastructure, the Srirangam Government Hospital almost belies its status of a taluk hospital. With clean and hygienic environment and largely free from most of the ills that plague most other government institutions, it almost looks like a private hospital
The hospital boasts of two well-equipped operation theatres with anaesthesia work-stations, specialist doctors on call, an air-conditioned Amma ward for beneficiaries of the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, a CT-scanner, dialysis units, a C-Arm machine, a neo-natal intensive care unit, a fully-equipped dental unit and high tension power line for stable power supply.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been commissioning new equipment and facilities almost on every visit to her constituency over the past three years. During her latest visit in June end, she commissioned nearly Rs.3 crore worth of equipment including the CT-scanner, C-Arm, eye operating microscope, and other equipment.
“With all the infrastructure development and commissioning of equipment, the number of referrals has come down by over 50 per cent at the hospital now.
We refer very few cases to the medical college or other hospitals these days,” said Shamsath Begum, Chief Medical Officer of the hospital.The commissioning of the dialysis unit has come as a big boon for poor patients
who cannot afford to undergo the expensive process at private hospitals, doctors say.
Similarly, any person can have a prescribed (even by private doctors) CT-scan at the hospital by paying just Rs.500
. The facility is currently largely underutilised as there is not much awareness among the public about its availability at the hospital whereas there is a big queue for getting CT-scans done at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in the city.The air-conditioned Amma ward
(set up as a model), with separate rooms for men and women, virtually looks like a ward at a private hospital. Although it is a common ward, privacy is ensured for each patient with screens around the bed.
The hospital has earned about Rs.1 crore so far under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme.
The hospital with about 157-beds is now operating to full occupancy these days with upgradation of all the facilities, say doctors. It also attracts about 1,000 outpatients a day.
It also performs advanced and complicated surgeries such as knee and hip replacements. The hospital also performs surgeries on cancer patients by hiring private specialist doctors
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