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Paediatric ward at Kallakurichi GH gets CCTV

The intensive care unit in the paediatric ward of Kallakurichi government hospital gets CCTV facility.

The intensive care unit in the paediatric ward of Kallakurichi government hospital gets CCTV facility.  

The intensive care unit (ICU) in the paediatric ward of the Kallakurichi government hospital has been provided with the closed circuit television set (CCTV) for the benefit of the parents.

Through this facility the anxious parents can watch from outside the kind of treatment being given to their babies in the ICU.

Such a measure would not only keep the parents posted about the condition of their babies but would also keep the ICU fully sanitised, a prerequisite for keeping the baby out of the infection way.

The paediatric ward in the hospital generally gets about 10 - 20 infants in critical condition daily and they have to be necessarily kept in the ICU for constant monitoring.. Mostly premature babies, underweight babies and those having breathing problems are being admitted to the ICU.

However, the parents of such of those babies would become restless as they would not be allowed inside the ICU.

To skirt over the problem the CCTV concept is being increasingly adopted in the paediatric wards in the government hospitals across the State.

Next to government hospitals at Salem, Tirchi and Dharmapurit, now the Kallakurichi government hospital too has been equipped with the facility.


It was inaugurated by Rural Industries Minister P.Mohan recently in the presence of District Collector V. Sampath, Deputy Director (Health) R.Meera and hospital superintendent Udhayakumar. The doctors said that the paediatric ward was equipped with 10 warmers and two ventilators.

There were adequate number of doctors and nurses to provide round-the-clock medical care to the infants.

Kangaroo care

It had also adopted the “kangaroo care” concept for treating the premature babies. Studies had shown that premature babies segregated from the mothers and confined solely to the ICU during treatment had the chances of developing certain shortcomings in cognitive abilities, mental maturity and so on, at a later stage.

To overcome such problems the doctors were advising the mothers to hold their premature babies closely for sometime daily, so there would be skin-to-skin contact (as in the case of kangaroo keeping the young ones in the abdominal pouch).

Such a methodology was found to be doing a lot of good for the health of the premature babies and also helping in establishing strong emotional bond between the mother and the child.

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