18 CCTV cameras installed at super-specialty block of MGMGH
To ensure safety of patients, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) here on Wednesday brought the Rs 100-crore super-specialty and trauma care block under the surveillance of CCTV cameras. In the first phase, 18 cameras have been installed at vulnerable places, including paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), in the six-storey building.
Inaugurated in February 2014 by chief minister J Jayalalithaa to provide specialty treatment to the poor people, the 600-bedded block has been equipped with the surveillance facility now.
The cameras have been installed on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth floors where seven, five, one, four and one cameras were installed respectively. There are three cameras at the main entrance of the block. The installation of a camera outside PICU on the fifth floor would be a crucial one.
Dean Dr MK Muralitharan would monitor the footages from his chamber in the new block. "Taking into consideration the need for ensuring safety and security to both the patients and the hospital, we have installed cameras in 18 places in the first phase. The cameras would be placed in more places in rest of the wards in the block in the next phase," Dr Muralitharan told reporters.
The new super-specialty block houses nine departments, including orthopaedics, neuro surgery, neurology, nephrology, urology, cardiology, cardio thoracic and plastic surgery.
Though the purpose of the super specialty block was yet to reach the public due to the delay in appointing doctors and getting high-end equipment, the block is being used for providing regular treatment to the patients.
MGMGH had been equipped with the CCTV facility for the first time in July 2013 after some serious incidences of child thefts raised questions on the safety and security to the patients and the new born babies. Unfortunately, most of them remained unused due to official apathy.
Police sources said that two cases of child theft are pending with the government hospital police station since 2011. Dr Muralitharan said steps were being taken to repair 18 CCTV cameras which remain unused on the hospital premises.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 622084.cms