Staff strength in government hospitals to go up

Staff Reporter

Intensive care unit building for Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

CHENNAI: The government will increase the staff strength in government hospitals by appointing 500 doctors and 1,000 nurses soon, Health Minister M. R. K. Panneerselvam announced at the commissioning of the intensive care unit building at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (IOG) here on Monday.

The new building, which has come up at the cost of Rs. 2 crore, is part of the Centre’s proposal to upgrade facilities. The Centre had allotted Rs. 75 lakh for the IOG and Rs. 25 lakh for Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Royapettah for the purpose, he said.

The Minister said the 163-year-old IOG now had facilities similar to those in a private hospital. It provided neo-natal care, which could cost Rs. 25,000 in a private hospital, free of cost, he pointed out. Releasing a pamphlet on diabetes prepared by the hospital staff, he assured the hospital authorities that the security of the hospital would be improved to prevent theft of babies.

Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj said the IOG was the largest centre in the State, which received patients with complications. The aim of the new wing was to bring down the infant and maternal mortality rates. The two-storied building has a three-stage neonatal care unit and has the capacity to conduct four Caesarean sections and 22 normal deliveries at a time.

The wards are equipped with central oxygen, suction and nitrous oxide supply facility, round-the-clock ICU, recovery rooms for mothers, and a counselling room for fathers.

About 60 children can be accommodated in the neo-natal intensive care section at the hospital where over 18,000 babies are born every month.

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