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Institute to set up trauma care centre; Union Government to release funds

It will also set up a maternity home

Alumni guest house is being built on KIMS premises

HUBLI: The work on a cath lab being installed at a cost of Rs. 6 crore at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital is almost complete and the facility will be inaugurated by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on September 6.

Director of the KIMS M.G. Hiremath and senior journalist and president of the KIMS golden jubilee celebration committee Patil Puttappa gave details about the various development activities proposed to be held during the 50th year celebration of the prestigious medical institute in north Karnataka.

The State Government has sanctioned Rs. 7 crore for modernisation of the cardiology wing of the hospital, out of which Rs. 6 crore is being spent on the cath lab. Jayadeva Cardiology Institute, Bangalore, has given a financial assistance of Rs. 25 lakh for the cath lab and has also promised to provide the doctor and qualified staff for its maintenance for a year, Dr. Hiremath said.

He said that the institute would be setting up a trauma care centre and the foundation stone for it would be laid during the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebrations. The Union Government would be releasing Rs. 9 crore over a period of three years for the centre, he added.

In the wake of increase in the number of patients getting admitted to the maternity ward, it had been decided to set up a maternity home of 300 bed capacity in the hospital and Sudha Murthy of Infosys Foundation had come forward to provide financial assistance, Dr. Hiremath said.

Though there were 10 super speciality wards in the hospital, there was lack of adequate number of beds for the patients. To overcome the problem, it had been decided to set up a 300-bed super speciality hospital, he said.

Guesthouse

To commemorate the golden jubilee, “KIMS Alumni Guesthouse” was being built on the KIMS premises. While the alumni association had contributed Rs. 75 lakh, the State Government had extended a financial support of Rs. 50 lakh, Dr. Hiremath said. Dr. Hiremath listed out other projects proposed to be taken up during the golden jubilee year, including an outpatient department in psychiatry wing, another hostel for girl students and construction of a city bus stand.

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