As many as 16 closed circuit televisions (CCTV) are to be fixed in important wards of Government Rajaji Hospital here soon.
Special attention will be given for safety and security in maternity and paediatric blocks to prevent theft of infants.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, N. Mohan, Dean, said that tenders would be called in a couple of days and CCTVs would have high-quality image.
“Already, there are 16 cameras in our hospital. We have decided to get 16 more to strengthen vigil in important wards and increase the surveillance coverage. Since the tender received earlier was found invalid, fresh tenders would be called once again,” he said.
The new cameras will be fixed in maternity ward, paediatric block, general OP, mortuary and near the hospital’s main entrance.
One person has been deputed to monitor the pictures from an important point in the Dean’s chamber.
He said that visitors’ movements in the GRH would be captured through the CCTVs and immediate action taken if there was any suspicion.
“We were told that the CCTV pictures could be stored for 21 days. Definitely, the move to have new surveillance cameras would enhance safety in the premises and child-missing cases could be prevented.”
The GRH here has started performing kidney transplant for renal failure patients.
The first surgery was successfully performed on December 4 on 33-year-old Ramesh of Uppukottai in Theni district by a team of senior doctors from the Department of Nephrology and experts in vascular surgery, urology and anaesthesia.
Talking to reporters on Thursday, Dean N. Mohan said that both the kidneys were damaged for the young patient and the doctors went ahead with transplant after a thorough assessment.
The patient’s father, Pounraj (54) had donated one kidney and it was transplanted for his son.
“Ramesh is alright and will be discharged in a few days. He will be able to go back to work after 15 days. It is enough if he comes for follow-up treatment,” the Dean said.
M. Shanmugaperumal, Chief of Nephrology, said that the patient had chronic nephritis for the last four years and both the kidneys were badly damaged.
The transplant surgery lasted for six hours and it was done for the patient’s left kidney.
“Kidney transplant procedure was stopped in the GRH in 2010 due to construction works taken up in the operation theatres to refurbish it. Totally, 25 kidney transplants have been performed in our department so far and it will continue,” he said.
He said that seven renal failure patients were waiting for kidney transplant in the GRH.
The Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme was very helpful for the kidney patient and the cost will be reimbursed from the insurance company.
“We are looking into all aspects of kidney donor and genuineness. There is a kidney advisory board comprising Deputy Commissioner of Police, Joint Director of Health Services, GRH Medical Superintendent and revenue officials. They will recommend transplant based on government norms and no commercial element will be there,” Dr.Mohan said.
The team of GRH doctors who performed the kidney transplant include P. Raja, Chief of Urology; S.Jeyakumar, Chief of Vascular Surgery, and A. Paramasivam, Chief of Anaesthesia.