Mangaluru, Nov 6, 2014: Chairing a meeting of "Arogya Raksha Samithi" at district hospital here on Nov 5, Wednesday, Health Minister U T Khader said that the hospital should be a model hospital in the district. The focus should be to provide efficient services to patients not only in illness but in wellness too.
Reviewing the proposals of the hospital on various development works and other demands, he directed the officials concerned to identify land to build emergency unit and medicine unit near the hospital premises. Land should be identified to construct a 220 bed emergency treatment ward and a state-of-the-art operation theater, with the suggestion of expert doctors. The required grants will be provided by the department, after tabling the proposal.
Generic medical stores: All district and taluk hospitals are set to be be equipped with round the clock generic medicine (medical centre), along with a public medical centre in the district hospitals. Generic drugs will be provided at a discount of 60 per cent while those in the public medicals will be made available to needy patients at 20 per cent discount. With the introduction of the system, the patients at the district hospital need not have to purchase medicine from outside, he said.
U T Khader further said that the free treatment of Hemophilia and Thalassemia has been started at government hospitals in Bangalore and the necessary medicines are being provided by the department of health. Eight dialysis units have been made available at Wenlock hospital and the department will convert it into a state of the art dialysis unit.
District Surgeon and Wenlock district Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Rajeshwari Devi Hâ€ˆR expressed her concern over the alleged encroachment of 2.71 acre land, reserved for the Wenlock hospital staff quarters. The Minister directed to conduct a survey of the land.
Patients from Kerala : The patients from Kerala have been availing treatment at Wenlock hospital, apart from the people from 19 other districts of the state. Among 25,000 in-patients admitted to the hospital, 2,600 belong to Kerala, Producing of BPLâ€ˆcard, they demand for free treatment, Dr Rajeshwari Devi said. Reacting to it, Minister U T Khader directed the superintendent to submit a report on the status of free treatment provided to Kannadigas in government hospitals in Kerala, before treating the people belonging to Kerala, in Wenlock hospital.
Orientation must be given to medical students in the hospital on providing information to the relatives of the patients, regarding the treatment and medication. Else, the relatives will not be clear idea on the treatment and erroneous thinking could attack. Also, the mortuary staff should respond well to the problems of the relatives of the demised.
Arogya Raksha Samithi President MLA J R Lobo, DC A B Ibrahim, KMC Dean Dr M V Prabhu and others were present.
Ullal Dental Clinic : Functioning twice a week in Ullal, was formally inaugurated by the Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader on the premises of the Primary Health Centre in Ullal on Nov 5, Wednesday, will soon start offering facilities such as root canal. The Minister also inaugurated an ayurvedic unit. A report stated. The dental clinic is run by the Manipal College of Dental Sciences since January, while the ayurvedic unit is operated by the Ayush (Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy) department since June. It is said to be now functional.