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250-bed district hospital proposed

Shankar Bennur
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Mysore sees growing demand for healthcare

Waiting their turn:A 250-bed district hospital has been proposed in Mysore to ease pressure on K.R. Hospital,which has witnessed a rise in the number of patients.
Waiting their turn:A 250-bed district hospital has been proposed in Mysore to ease pressure on K.R. Hospital,which has witnessed a rise in the number of patients.

With the population of Mysore district nearing 30 lakh and Mysore city's population touching 9.13 lakh according to the 2011 Census, the demand for public healthcare services is on the rise.

The Krishnarajendra (KR) Hospital, an 800-bed autonomous hospital attached to the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) providing multi-speciality care, is said to be under pressure following the increase in the number of patients from the district as well as neighbouring districts visiting it.

Awaiting approval

Bearing in mind the need for public healthcare facilities to match the rising population, the district administration has proposed a 250-bed government hospital in Mysore and is awaiting the government's approval.

Disclosing this toThe Hindu, District Surgeon Vamdev said the number of beds had to be proportionate to the number of patients, and the need of the hour was a second district hospital under the Government.

Interest

The proposal was brought to the notice of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa when he held a meeting here recently to review the progress of works undertaken by various departments. The Chief Minister had promised to examine the proposal, said Dr. Vamdev, who is member-secretary of the committee that monitors the functioning of taluk government hospitals in the district.

“Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta, who heads the committee, has shown interest in the new hospital project,” Dr. Vamdev said.

The proposed district hospital with tertiary care facilities is being demanded in the absence of such facilities in the taluk hospitals.

Lab proposed

A Regional Diagnostic Laboratory (RDL) to conduct tests for communicable and non-communicable diseases has been proposed under the PPP model. The facility shall work as a central lab with round-the-clock services. The hospitals in districts under Mysore division can utilise the laboratory's services as facilities for testing diseases such as A(H1N1) (swine flu), chikungunya and dengue are not available there, according to Dr. Vamdev.

“The district labs are not fully equipped to conduct tests for diseases such as swine flu, although they are currently being upgraded. There is a physiology department at K.R. Hospital which conducts complex diagnostic tests, but a laboratory fully equipped and dedicated to complex diagnostic tests using state-of-the-art equipment has become essential,” the District Surgeon argued.

Dr. Vamdev said the land for establishing the RDL could be provided at the old Epidemic Diseases (ED) hospital at Tilak Nagar here.

“If the Government gives its approval for an RDL here, it can be requested to provide polymerised chain-reaction (PCR) clinical diagnostic facilities at the lab,” he stated.


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