Staff Correspondent

Rs. 6 cr. earmarked for Bangalore unit

High equipment costs make the treatment expensive

Poor patients to be treated with help from donors

MANGALORE: Minister for Medical Education V.S. Acharya said here on Sunday that the Government had decided to set up a centre for treating diabetic patients at Bangalore with branches or regional centres at Mangalore, Shimoga, and Dharwad. He was addressing a gathering at Yenepoya hospital here after inaugurating super speciality facilities. Dr. Acharya said the Government had earmarked Rs. six crore to set up the centre in Bangalore.

Experts at a recent seminar in Bangalore had identified five treatments as challenging the medical field. They are: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, HIV related diseases, and certain accident cases. The treatment with super speciality units tended to be expensive owing to the high cost of the equipment. But hospitals should ensure that poor people also got access to such treatments. Doctors should make efforts to treat poor patients with the financial help of donors, Dr. Acharya said. Yenepoya Mohammed Kunhi, chairman, Yenepoya group of institutions, presided over the function. Yenepoya Abdullah Kunhi and P.C.M. Kunhi, directors of the group, were present.