The Rajah Muthiah Medical College Hospital here, coming under the purview of Annamalai University administration, will soon get new facilities at an estimated cost of Rs. 85.5 lakh.

Government-appointed administrator Shiv Das Meena has turned his attention to improving healthcare services and facilities at the hospital.

A plan of action has been charted out to make it one of the well-equipped hospitals in the region. Addressing reporters here recently, Mr. Meena said that since April 2013, steps are being taken to improve functioning of the hospital.

A “hospital committee” had been formed to monitor and advice on the upkeep, development and maintenance of the hospital. The hospital, which had been sourcing drugs from the open market, would procure drugs and other consumables from the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation at government-fixed rate.

136 drugs free of cost

Henceforth the hospital would make available a total number of 136 drugs free of cost to patients against the previous 84. From August, the government had approved the hospital to perform 56 basic surgeries under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme which are exclusively earmarked for government hospitals.

Mr. Meena said that for accommodating in-patients under the scheme, an 80-bed separate ward would be created at the hospital. It was decided to waive the bed charges for the poor.

Another ambulance

Starting from December 2, the out-patient ward would function from 8 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 4 pm. One more ambulance would be procured at a cost of Rs. 13 lakh and added to the existing fleet of two.

As Rajah Muthiah Medical College Alumni Association had expressed its willingness to make financial contributions for treating patients belonging to weaker sections of society, it was proposed to create a Rajah Muthiah Medical College Alumni Patient Welfare Fund.

Dialysis units

Four more dialysis units costing Rs. 24 lakh would be procured for the hospital so as to increase the number of units to six. The number of ventilators would be raised from eight to 13 at a cost of Rs. 45 lakh.

Two more reverse osmosis units would be set up at a cost of Rs 3.5 lakh in the hospital. A police outpost would also be set up on the premises.

Medical Superintendent of the hospital P.V.S.Prasad said that the hospital had 1,250 beds with an occupancy rate of 500 on any given day. On an average, the hospital was treating about 1,000 out-patients and collecting only nominal fees for investigation and towards laboratory tests.