KURNOOL: Cath lab in the Department of Cardiology at Government General Hospital will be put to use by April 20.
P. Chandrasekhar, head of the department and R.V.K. Bharadwaj, project manager of Siemens, informed Kurnool Member of Parliament Kotla Jayasuryaprakasa Reddy that the installation would be completed by April 10.
Mr. Reddy went round the cath lab unit and examined the installation works on Tuesday. Siemens was given the contract for supply and installation of the equipment. The project will cost Rs. 4 crore.
Mr. Bharadwaj said Siemens is supplying state-of-the-art Axiom Flat Panel Digital Artis- Zee cath lab. The latest version is being supplied first time in South India to any Government facility.
The new version ensures less radiation for patients as well as medical personnel, less noise and enhanced visibility. Dr. Chadrasekhar said the department handled 270 cases of heart attacks every month and of them 150 were fresh cases requiring agiogram. The cath lab will facilitate interventions such as angioplasty, balloon treatment and stent.
At the rate of present turnover of patients, the cath lab will be able to offer service to 1,800 patients a year. About half of the cost equipment could be got back in the first year itself.
The department will offer free service to all patients at the cath lab if they can buy the disposables worth Rs 4,000. Even patients requiring stent have to buy only the implants.