Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State government is considering raising the salary of doctors in government hospitals, Health Minister M. R. K. Panneerselvam said at a function here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the renovated urogynaecology ward of the Government Kasturba Hospital, Triplicane he said several doctors continued to work in the government sector despite poor salaries and struggled to bring improvements in the treatment offered for the poor.

Urogynaecology is a speciality that deals with problems including fistula, incontinence and prolapse of the uterus that could be caused by complications during childbirth. “The Urogynaecology Department in Kasturba Gandhi Hospital is one of its kind in the country. The short-term training programmes it offers had brought revenue to the State government, as promised by Head of the Department N. Rajamaheshwari,” Mr. Panneerselvam said.

He urged the hospital staff to treat patients with kindness and offer words of comfort. “They come in distress and do not like it when they are treated harshly,” he said.

“That we have such a well-maintained ward in a government hospital is a matter of pride,” Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj said. “The hospital received Rs.25 lakh for the upkeep of fistula ward and the urogynaecology training programmes have fetched the government Rs.12.05 lakh,” he said. Dr. Rajamaheshwari, who was honoured with the Kalpana Chawla Award this year by the State government, gave the award money of Rs.5 lakh for the upkeep of the fistula ward.

Mr. Panneerselvam distributed completion certificates to doctors who underwent the short-term training programme. Director of the hospital M. Mohanambal and Dean of Government General Hospital J. Mohanasundaram spoke.