Mangaluru, Nov 5: Health Minister U T Khader announced that a semi-intensive care unit (ICU) consisting of 14 beds would be made ready and inaugurated by next week at District Wenlock Hospital in the city, along with a sophisticated mortuary and a sewage treatment plant that would be set up shortly.
Speaking at a meeting with hospital authorities and related officials concerning the master-plan for the development of the Wenlock hospital on Wednesday, he said that a sewage treatment plant (STP) would come up at a cost of Rs 1.12 crore in the hospital premises for effective disposal of waste generated from the hospital. The existing mortuary will be converted into a model one with good basic facilities such as drinking water, toilets, water-proof sheets and seating area for the victims’ kin, he said.
The 14-bed semi ICU will be inaugurated next week, to ease the intake of critical patients at the main ICU ward. Along with that, eight dialysis machines will be sanctioned shortly in a separate sophisticated dialysis centre at the hospital, he said, adding that a sum of Rs 1 crore would shortly be sanctioned for developmental works at Wenlock hospital.
Mr Khader said that emphasis should be given to improving the existing infrastructure and facilities at the hospital in order to make it a model hospital for other districts.
Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo directed the concerned officials to prepare a master-plan necessary for the renovation and expansion of the hospital and list the developmental works on priority-basis to move ahead with the project.
The health minister discussed the requirement of a trauma centre and a full-fledged medical block for the hospital with the officials, and directed that a model trauma centre should be established in the hospital.
He informed that a round-the-clock medical pharmacy would be launched in the hospital premises within few weeks to provide generic medicines to patients. Five new ventilators will be provided to the existing ICU ward, he added.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, district medical surgeon Dr Rajeshwari Devi, Dean of Kasturba Medical College Dr M V Prabhu and others were present.
Courtesy : Coastal Digest