VIMS ready for inauguration

WAY FORWRD:District Collector N. Yuvaraj discussing arrangements for inauguration of OP services at VIMS, with OSD of the hospital P.S. Sudhakar and others in Visakhapatnam on Friday.—Photo: By Arrangement  

High-end equipment and infrastructure of international standards like operation tables, beds, etc. are being provided at the Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) at Hanumanthawaka here, which is ready for inauguration by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on April 11.

The VIMS, though six of its planned 15 blocks were ready nearly seven years ago, will be made operational only now with Mr. Naidu along with Union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, J.P. Nadda and Bandaru Dattatreya inaugurating the out-patient services on Monday.

All the equipment that have been procured, like operation theatre tables, lights, monitors, anaesthesia machine, 50 beds, furniture like tables and chairs for doctors and patients at a cost of Rs.22 crore, is of world class and meets the high-end specifications prescribed for the hospital, its OSD and HoD of Plastic Surgery of AMC and KGH P.V. Sudhakar told The Hindu on Friday.

World-class equipment

“No compromise was allowed on the equipment and the earlier consignment has been sent back. We got the world-class equipment in return”, Dr. Sudhakar said.

These 50 beds are being arranged to meet any emergency if patients attending OP are found in a serious state. After finding the first instalment of beds of top quality, the VIMS has asked the supplier to provide the remaining 300 beds needed as the hospital’s services expand in future.

No discrimination

There will be no discrimination between the general ward patients and those in intensive care units. General wards will have beds that are similar to those used in the intensive care units, he said.

Thirty doctors, including 12 senior residents will treat the patients. Seventeen doctors are being deputed from hospitals in Tirupati, Kakinada, Nellore and Vizianagaram and 15 of them have already joined the VIMS and the rest two will join on Saturday.

Doctors from KGH

The HoDs of super speciality departments of neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, urology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology, medicine, surgery and orthopaedics of the KGH will visit the VIMS during their non-OP days at the KGH and guide the doctors working at the VIMS.

Apart from the doctors on deputation, a dozen senior residents had also been posted here. Regarding paramedical staff, Dr. Sudhakar said that five Head Nurses from RIMS, Srikakulam; 16 staff nurses from Zone I, and 8 from Zone II along with 20 from the KGH have been deputed to the VIMS. They are likely to be sent back within a year after recruitment was done for the VIMS.

Repairs done

Condition of the building is good after repairs were completed; a road was laid connecting the vast campus from the National Highway; lawns were laid, fresh coat of painting was given and the hospital was in the right shape, the OSD said.

Collector N. Yuvaraj on Friday evening checked with officials the arrangements being made for Chief Minister’s visit.

He went round the VIMS premises along with Dr. Sudhakar, MLA V. Ramakrishna Babu and officials.

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