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Urogynaecology centres in every district shortly, says Minister

Special Correspondent

— Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Helping hand: Minister for Health K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran receives a cheque for Rs. 10 lakh from Paula Rane for a special ward at the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children in Chennai on Friday.

CHENNAI: The State government would set up Urogynaecology centres in every district of the State, Health Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran said on Friday.

Speaking at the fifth International conference on Urogynaecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, organised by the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children, Mr. Ramachandran said the hospital had the only centre to treat urogynaecological problems in the government sector in the entire country. He congratulated department head N. Rajamaheswari for her pioneering efforts in developing the speciality, not only in the State, but also in the country. Most women were shy of talking about such problems, the Minister said, calling for greater awareness of the nature of the condition and treatment methods. Earlier, he felicitated Paula Rane of Australia who contributed Rs.10 lakh for the fistula ward in the KGH.

He also released a handbook on the occasion.

Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj said a number of women suffered silently from problems such as incontinence, uterus prolapse and fistula — all debilitating conditions that compromised the quality of life of the patient. The government was considering starting short-term courses to train at least 60 people a year in the speciality of Urogynaecology.

A. Rajasekharan, president, National Board of Examinations, said the Board had actively considered a proposal to introduce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for gynaecologists leading to specialisation in Urogynaecology. Superintendent, KG Hospital, and conference organising chairperson Vedanta N. Subbaiah also spoke.

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