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Collector S. Suresh Kumar (right) inspecting the newly acquired phototherapy units in the Paediatrics Department of Government General Hospital in Guntur on Friday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Collector S. Suresh Kumar (right) inspecting the newly acquired phototherapy units in the Paediatrics Department of Government General Hospital in Guntur on Friday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Five ventilators, and other medical equipment like phototherapy units costing Rs 30.50 lakh, were formally inaugurated by Collector S. Suresh Kumar in paediatric ICU at Government General Hospital (GGH) here on Friday.

The machines were purchased under Rajiv Arogyasri scheme to cater to sick babies being brought to the GGH for treatment to be given at nominal charges.

Mr. Suresh Kumar inquired about the health of 87 babies undergoing treatment in the ICU and inspected the paediatric ward and interacted with mothers. On finding some mothers with babies lying outside the ward, he instructed the GGH Superintendent Ch. Mohan Rao to take necessary steps for shifting to inpatient wards. Later, Mr. Suresh Kumar held a review meeting with Dr. Mohan Rao, Deputy Superintendent Prasanth, Head of Department of Paediatrics P. Yasodhara. The GGH was facing acute shortage of ventilators in the paediatric ICU. There was only one ventilator catering to a large number of babies brought to the hospital with various life threatening conditions. The new equipment gives a fresh lease of life to the babies.


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