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For the poor: A view of the Shantidevi Jawaharmal Chandan Day Care Hospital and Diagnostic Centre at Konnur High Road, Otteri.Photo: M.Vedhan.
For the poor: A view of the Shantidevi Jawaharmal Chandan Day Care Hospital and Diagnostic Centre at Konnur High Road, Otteri.Photo: M.Vedhan.

In a few weeks time the residents of Otteri, Ayanavaram, Jamalia, Pulianthope and Ekangipuram, would have a day care outpatient hospital, which would be above par in all respects compared to any private hospitals in the surrounding localities.

But one would be surprised to know that the hospital would be charging only a nominal cost for the services.

The hospital and diagnostic centre was inaugurated by Speaker D. Jayakumar at a simple function held on March 11.

Prakash Dugar, RYA Cosmo Foundation, explained the medical services and facilities to be offered at the hospital.

He said the Rs. eight-crore project was aimed at the local poor people to get the best medical facility.

They have had a good experience by running the day care hospital at the rented premises in Daya Sadan, a little distance away from the present premises, where more than 200 people have been visiting and getting medical treatment.

So the members of the foundation planned to construct a day care hospital that would match any private hospital so far as medical facilities in the city went.

Specialised consultancy

He said the day care outpatient hospital would have a general physician and offer specialised consultancy for gynaecology, peadiatrics, diabetologist, dermatologist, nephrologist, sinology and ear, nose and throat (ENT).

At the hospital all the specialists have a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 35 years experience with no one working for a honorarium. They are well compensated for offering their services at this hospital.

While the first floor would have separate cabins for consultancy, pharmacy and registration department, a state of the art diagnostic centre is located on the second floor, he added.

To cite an example, he said only Rs. 20 would be charged for registration and even that fee would be waived for those who do not have the means. Those patients visiting the hospital would be given free medicines.

The second floor offers highly subsidised diagnostic facilities for the patients. Mahendra Pungalia, trustee of the foundation, said the diagnostic floor has a fully-equipped laboratory with an experienced pathologist and X-ray and treadmill ECG.

A dialysis section has been opened which would offer subsidised service for patients at Rs. 400 per sitting.

The hospital will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the diagnostic centre would be open from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On cost-to-cost basis

What is bound to raise eye brows is a pharmacy to be opened which would sell medicines at cost-to-cost basis for the public.

Mr. Dugar said this initiative was the first of its kind in the city and pointed out that all they had to do was bring the prescription where medicines would be available at the cost price.

The pharmacy would be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also a 24-hour ambulance facility and a 200-litre water dispenser and cooler for the public has been installed near the entrance.

The foundation is thankful to Jawaharmal Chandan who donated the land and to 14 donors who donated a large amount for the construction of the hospital.

The hospital is located at 380, K.H. Road, Otteri, and Mr. Dugar can be contacted at 9381038559.

The day care outpatient hospital will

offer specialised consultancy for various illnesses.

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