Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) would issue master health check-up reports on the same day the medical examination was done. At present, the reports are issued the next day.

Hospital Dean R. Vimala has instructed the master health check-up department to gear up to provide the service at the earliest. The Department has been provided direct connectivity with pathology and biochemistry laboratories to expedite the service on Wednesday.

The Department has also sought additional equipment for this purpose.

According to its Medical Officer N. Ravishankar, the master health check-up department was a major sources of revenue for CMCH. It had catered to more than 50,000 persons in the past eight years, generating an income of nearly Rs. 1.25 crore, which was used to augment the hospital infrastructure.

The department had patients not just from Coimbatore but from various districts including Dharmapuri, Erode, Salem, Dindigul, the Nilgiris and Palakkad. It had patients registered to undergo the check-up for at least 15 days at any point of time.

“For a complete master health check-up, a sum of Rs. 250 was charged per patient, a fee that has remained unchanged since the department was created. It is just a fraction of the amount charged by private hospitals.

The department restricted the check up to around 30 persons per day to ensure quality of diagnosis,” he said.

In recent years, the department was witnessing an increase in number of people, especially those who had secured jobs in IT companies and banks, which sought fitness certificate.

The results of the check up showed that there were a large number of hypertension and diabetes cases in young people.

Around 20 per cent of the patients had hypertension and another 15 per cent had diabetes. One to two per cent also had rare types of cancers. For women showing symptoms of breast cancer, the department performed mammogram tests (a diagnostic and screening tool used in early detection of breast cancer) free of cost.

The department had added several equipment in recent years ranging from ultrasonogram, mammogram, blood testing equipment and other diagnostic tools to test the liver, added Dr. Ravishankar.