“Government considering incentives for challenging tasks”
CHENNAI: The government will consider providing incentives for government doctors working on challenging initiatives such as liver transplant operations which involve long hours of duty, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam said here on Saturday.
Speaking at a meeting held to congratulate the team of doctors of Government Stanley Hospital that did a liver transplant procedure recently, he said, “The government will provide support to the hospital to perform such successful procedure in future.”
More employees to be recruited
It would also recruit employees for meeting the requirement , he said.
The government had spent Rs.5 lakh on the liver transplant.
Without administrative help of the government, it would not have been possible, said R. Surendran, head, Surgical Gastroenterology, Government Stanley Hospital. The completion of 5-bed cadaver maintenance facility and advanced liver transplant laboratory would help the hospital perform the procedure on more patients waiting for liver transplant, he added.
Such initiatives would help in the development of medical tourism, the Minister said.
Dr. Surendran said that government hospitals could play a key role in the development of medical tourism. The revenue generated by them by treating foreign medical tourists could be used to treat more number of economically weaker patients.
More than 150 patients were waiting for a liver transplant now and 500 patients are getting treatment for severe liver diseases, said Dr. Surendran.