The State government has given green signal for acquisition of state-of-the-art technologies for improving quality of healthcare in SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

After chairing a high-level meeting in which several presentations were made about technologies needed for carrying out complex treatment here on Wednesday,

Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik asked the Health and Family Welfare departments to work on fund mobilisation.

Mr. Patnaik also asked the Health Department to analyse technical aspects of new equipment and examine its affordability when patients would finally be treated.

Heads of different departments of SCB Medical College Hospital made presentation about the technologies.

According to government sources, Head of the Department of Urology Datteswar Hotta came up with the proposal for setting up new robot assisted technology, which is a minimal invasive surgery.

“With this new technology surgeons can change open surgical technique to a minimally invasive approach with less bloodshed and risk to the patient. Preliminary estimate shows the new technology will require an initial investment of Rs. 12.5 crore,” Dr. Hotta informed the officials. If the technology is introduced, the average cost per surgery can be reduced to Rs.50,000.

Similarly, Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra of Neurosurgery explained about the need and utility of Gamma Knife and Cyber Knife for advanced surgical treatment of brain, skull, spines, cord and nerves. “At present about 11,000 such patients are being treated in SCB Medical College Hospital.

There is no hospital in eastern region of India with this facility. Only 8 hospitals in other parts of the country have this technology. It has been estimated that the adoption of this method will require an investment of Rs.25 crore,” Dr. Mishra told the meeting.

Mihir Kumar Mohapatra advocated for LTx technology for liver transplantation. “This technology will enable the surgeons to remove a segment of liver from a healthy living donor and implant in to the body of recipient. As such, parents can save the life of their children by donating a part of their liver.

It has been estimated that adoption of the method will require one time investment of around Rs. 15 crore with annual recurring expenditure of Rs. 3 crore.

This investment will bring down the liver transplantation treatment cost to Rs.10 lakhs per patients which can be further reduced to Rs.5 lakhs over time.