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Single-window heart care facility at Jayadeva institute

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For better healthcare: M.B.N. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank, handed over a state-of-the-art cardiac care ambulance to the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology recently.
For better healthcare: M.B.N. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank, handed over a state-of-the-art cardiac care ambulance to the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology recently.

S. Rajendran

BANGALORE: The government-owned Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology has come up with a healthcare offer aimed at catering to the needs of the working class.

People who want to have a complete heart check-up can just walk into the institute where a fully equipped wing has been set up to complete all the tests within two hours. It has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with several government agencies and State-run undertakings to serve the working class people.

C.N. Manjunath, Director of the institute, told The Hindu here that nearly 100 people were availing themselves of the facility every day. The single-window healthcare service could be extended to a larger number of people, he said. “We have just started the service and are signing MoUs with several government agencies for hi-tech healthcare for the working class. Employees have to just get a letter from an authorised signatory of their respective organisations. A monthly billing system has been introduced. According to the MoU, the bills will be reimbursed by the government agency concerned within a fortnight.”

“Of those who come to the institute, nearly ten per cent require further diagnostic attention. Such people are kept out of the queue so that they can save on time. Angiograms and angioplasties can be done in a day or two,” he said.

Outpatient investigations include ECG, treadmill test, Echo and blood tests.

“There is no need to move from one room to another for different investigations. All tests will be completed in two hours. Those who do not want to spend an entire day at the hospital, and senior citizens benefit the most from the single-window outpatient concept,” Dr. Manjunath said.

About heart care facilities for poor patients at the institute, he said a corpus had been set up to meet such expenses, thanks to philanthropists.

Canara Bank, a major donor for the institute, recently provided it a state-of-the-art cardiac care ambulance. M.B.N. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, handed it over to the institute.

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