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Rs. 35-lakh equipment donated to KGH

By Our Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM, DEC. 22. The Department of Neurosurgery in King George Hospital (KGH) has received sophisticated equipment, gadgets and disposables, worth more than Rs. 35 lakhs, as gift from members of the Andhra Medical College Alumni of North America (AMCANA).

``The members are also ready to extend more help to this and other departments in the form of equipment, books, journals, computers and even finance,'' said Jogi V. Pattisapu, a paediatric neurosurgery specialist of Florida, who mobilised the gift for the hospital, after handing over the equipment to the hospital Superintendent, M. Ganeswara Rao, on Wednesday.

More surgeries

The new equipment would help the department perform more surgeries, said the Head of the Department, N. Subrahmanyam. At present, 300 major surgeries were being performed in a year while at least four major cases of brain tumour, head injuries or spinal problems were being registered every day. He also wanted more theatre time for the department.

While Dr. Jogi had been living in the US since his childhood, his wife, Annapurna, was an alumnus of AMC. He enquired about the department during a visit five months ago and was able to garner support of some of its old students to arrange the donation. Son-in-law of P. Sundara Rao, founder of VT College here, Dr. Jogi said that his contribution was in memory of his father-in-law. Dr. Gnaneswara Rao thanked Dr. Jogi and other doctors for donating the equipment.A Midas Rex drill, costing some Rs.10 lakhs, a May Field clamp to hold the head while performing surgeries, micro-surgery equipment, pulse oximeter to monitor a critical patient, an endoscopic drill guide system, etc., were among those that were donated.

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