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Health insurance scheme: stellar performance by GH

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361 medical, surgical procedures between February 13 and April 13

FOR THE PEOPLE:The Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital.PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
FOR THE PEOPLE:The Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital.PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital attached to K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College here has performed 361 medical and surgical procedures under the Chief Minister's Health Insurance Scheme, making it the only facility outside Chennai to perform maximum procedures.

In an interaction with mediapersons, Dean A. Karthikeyan said that 204 surgeries and 157 medical management procedures were performed between February 13 and April 13. A total of 399 cases were approved by the insurance company.

The hospital dealt with a daily average of 10-15 cases under the scheme, Dr. Thulasi , nodal officer for the scheme at the hospital, said. So far, Rs. 26.60 lakh had been reimbursed by the insurance company for 116 procedures. The proceeds would go to the respective departments for enhancing infrastructure and other facilities, and towards honorarium for medical staff.

Children were among the foremost beneficiaries with 18 paediatric treatments and 96 paediatric procedures performed.

Medical procedures include 44 general surgeries, 45 orthopaedic surgeries, 34 ENT and 12 neurosurgeries, 15 neurology, and 19 cardiology treatments. Procedures included reconstructive hand surgery for a four-year-old, ligament reconstruction, hysterectomy, trauma care, surgeries for cleft palate, cleft lip, kidney obstruction and plastic surgery for patient with 40 percent burns.

The patients were observed during post operative care for a maximum of five days in the respective departments. With Ward 500 being readied exclusively for the insurance scheme, patients would be admitted there once the work was over.

While elective surgeries could be performed only after approval, life-saving emergency surgeries were performed promptly after obtaining an emergency log number through a toll-free number, Dr.Thulasi said.

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