The new facilities include an intensive medical care unit (IMCU), a special ward for patients admitted under the CM’s insurance scheme, a police outpost, gym for medical students and x-ray equipment.

The Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital has spent around Rs. 59 lakh towards renovation and rebuilding of some of its facilities. The funds for the work have come from the money received as settlement under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme.

The new facilities include an intensive medical care unit (IMCU), a special ward for patients admitted under the CM’s insurance scheme, a police outpost, gym for medical students and x-ray equipment. The facilities will be commissioned on Wednesday by Health Minister V.S. Vijay.

A year after the IMCU was irreparably damaged in a fire, the unit has been rebuilt with a capacity for 10 beds. The IMCU was extensively damaged after a short circuit in an airconditioner last June which resulted in the death of three patients.

At present, only eight cots have been installed and the room has not been divided into cabins as in the past. Instead, curtains will separate the cots to ensure privacy for the patients. “As cabins do not provide a clear view of the patients, we decided to have curtains,” said Dean P. Ramakrishnan.

A ward with a capacity to admit 40 patients under the insurance scheme has been created on the sixth floor of the hospital’s main building. The ward, which has been developed at a cost of Rs. 41 lakh, has come up on the floor earlier designated as a special ward to accommodate VIPs and referrals from non-governmental organisations. While some rooms are equipped with two beds, others have three or four beds, depending on the space available. The ward is airconditioned and will have 18 nurses working on three shifts.

The police outpost, which has been functioning for over six months from a makeshift shed, will be moved to a building near the entrance of the hospital. The outpost was shifted to its present location when the Chennai Metro Rail began work on Poonamallee Road late this year.

Police personnel said they would rather have a concrete roof instead of the sheet that has been provided for the new building.

So far, around 750 patients (250 of them are newborns) have been treated for various ailments under the insurance scheme. The hospital has received approval for Rs. 1.30 crore worth of claims it has filed. Of this, it has received Rs. 59 lakh as settlement. “About 25 per cent of the amount will go for hospital maintenance fund and 60 percent from the rest of the money will go for purchase of consumables,” Dr. Ramakrishnan said. A gymnasium has also been developed at a cost of Rs. 2.5 lakh for students near the men’s hostel in the hospital premises.

The hospital created a dedicated trauma ward in its new block as part of its expansion programme over a year ago, but is awaiting funds from the Central government for purchase of equipment.

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