Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: Two new buildings for maternity and newborn care would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.2.51 crore at the Government headquarter hospital. Efforts are also on to construct an air-conditioned mortuary with people participation, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

She was delivering a special address at the Hospital Day celebrations held on the GH premises here on Saturday.

Donors were ready to construct the mortuary at a cost of Rs.14 lakh. Preliminary work had been commenced in this connection. A complete facelift would be given to the GH and infrastructure developed to offer better services to patients visiting the hospital for treatment. Already, several facilities had been upgraded at the 400-bedd hospital.

Postoperative ward and operation theatre had been constructed and opened for public use. Construction of rest room and children inpatient ward was also over.

A total 100 beds had been purchased to replace old ones in some of the wards. Legal service cell exclusively for HIV patients, second in the State, had started functioning.

Besides, a mobile medical centre had been provided to treat tribal people living in inaccessible areas. She appealed to medical and para-medical staff to handle patients with a humane touch. “They must talk to them politely while treating patients. Efforts of every person from top to bottom working in the hospital are essential to provide better services to patients and make the hospital best in the State.”

The hospital has been treating 4,000 patients per day. Last year alone, it had treated 95,000 inpatients and eight lakh outpatients. A total 3,660 normal deliveries took place and 409 units of blood offered by donors through 19 free blood donation camps had been given to patients freely for emergency treatment. Later, she honoured retired doctors and best serving staff.