KGH children’s ward to offer better medical care

Special Correspondent
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Inauguration of Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit today

KGH Superintendent M. Madhusudhana Babu
KGH Superintendent M. Madhusudhana Babu

The 56-year-old children’s ward of King George Hospital, where hundreds of children are being treated every day, will have more facilities, promising a better medical care.

Shortage of photo therapy units, infant warmers, and ventilators is likely to be a thing of past and keeping two infants simultaneously on a single warmer might not happen unless there is a spurt in cases, according to the hospital authorities.

There were reports in the past of inadequate number of machines or their malfunction forcing parents to rush their sick children to private hospitals but the additional equipment and new units are expected to be of good help to the neo-natal patients.

The Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been created adjacent to the children’s ward building with 21 phototherapy units, 15 warmers, and four ventilators. While this unit is being inaugurated on Wednesday, the Special New-born Care Unit (SNCU), opposite to the blood bank and near the maternity ward is expected to be ready within a month.

KGH Superintendent M. Madhusudhana Babu, while addressing a press conference along with HoD of paediatrics T. Padmalatha and professor of surgery K. Sivakumar here on Tuesday, said that the SNCU, being established with the help of Central government funds, would have three phototherapy units and 13 warmers.

Overall the Paediatrics Department would have 28 warmers and 25 phototherapy units which would be sufficient to take care of the children going by the average number of 40 babies being treated every day.

The number goes up to 50 or 60 during summer. With one SNCU being already functioning in Victoria General Hospital for Women and Children (Ghosha Hospital), the pressure on KGH’s ward had come down, said the doctors.

  • Special New-born Care Unit to come up in a month

  • The unit is being established with Central funds

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