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Sanctioned by P.Kumar under MP local area development fund

BREATHING EASY:A ventilator sanctioned by MP P.Kumar, third from left, installed at Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in the city. Photo: M.Moorthy
BREATHING EASY:A ventilator sanctioned by MP P.Kumar, third from left, installed at Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in the city. Photo: M.Moorthy

Three newly installed ventilators at the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital here may considerably bring down the increasing need for well-maintained ventilators in the tertiary care hospital attached to K.A.P.Viswanatham Medical College here.

Three hi-tech ventilators worth Rs.26 lakh were sanctioned to the hospital by P.Kumar, MP, from his MP local area development fund on Monday. While one ventilator was installed in the main operation theatre, the remaining two would be installed at the accidents and emergency inpatient ward, and outpatient room.

Ventilators are used to help patients breathe easily and are deployed as life support machines for terminally ill patients and used until recovery for persons sustaining head injuries, surviving poisoning, and suicide attempts.

Electronically-operated

The ventilators are electronically operated machines with invasive and non-invasive facilities, warranty period of three years, and upgrade facilities, according to M.A.Aleem, vice-principal of the college.

When queried whether ventilators in the government hospital were well-maintained and adequate to meet patient needs, A.Karthikeyan, Dean, said the hospital was equipped with 13 ventilators stationed at all vital points, including the labour ward and intensive care units in the surgical, paediatric, and neonatal section.

Upsurge in head injury

But with an upsurge in head injury cases arising from road traffic accidents, more ventilators would be welcome.

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