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Health care: An MRI scan unit will be one of the facilities at the super speciality block of K.S. Hegde Hospital in Mangalore.
Health care: An MRI scan unit will be one of the facilities at the super speciality block of K.S. Hegde Hospital in Mangalore.

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K.S. Hegde Medical Academy plans super-speciality courses

K.S. Hegde Hospital opens super-speciality block today

It aims at offering quality treatment at affordable cost

MANGALORE: The K.S. Hegde Medical Academy will start super-speciality courses at its medical college at Deralakatte, near here, after two years.

N. Vinay Hegde, president of the Nitte Education Trust that manages the college, announced this at a press conference in Deralakatte on Monday.

According to M. Shantharam Shetty, vice-chairman of the trust, the duration of the super-speciality courses will be three years.

At present, a deemed university in undivided Dakshina Kannada was offering these courses. It would take eleven-and-a-half years to complete a super-speciality course, he said.

Mr. Hegde said that a super-speciality block would be opened at the K.S. Hegde Hospital on Tuesday. It would have 100 special rooms, including air-conditioned ones and suites. The block will have cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, paediatric surgery, neurology, neuro surgery, urology, nephrology, craniofacial surgery units.

Mr. Shetty said that the hospital would offer quality treatment to middle class people at affordable cost. It would charge only between Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 80,000 for an open heart surgery compared to Rs. 1.25 lakh and Rs. 1.5 lakh in other hospitals, he said.

“We want to manage the super speciality block in a viable and charitable way,” Mr. Hegde said.

Video conference

Mr. Hegde said that the hospital had arranged a video conference on Tuesday, in which cardiologists and cardiac surgeons of Mangalore would interact with their counterparts at Methodist Hospital, Houston, U.S.

Mahesh Ramchandani, cardio-vascular surgeon of Methodist Hospital; K. R. Shetty, cardio-vascular surgeon of Cumballa Hill hospital, Mumbai; and N.V. Adyanthaya, a medical practitioner of Mumbai, will attend the inaugural function of the super-speciality block.

To a query, Mr. Hegde said that the trust was managing 17 satellite hospitals in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

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