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Government hospitals inspected in Ramnad district

Special Correspondent

“Specialist doctors could be hired to tide over shortage”

— Photo: L. Balachandar.

SPOT VISIT: S. Vijayakumar, Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, inspection a hospital at Paramakudi on Friday.

RAMANATHAPURAM: S. Vijayakumar, Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Project Director, Tamil Nadu Health Systems, said that specialist doctors could be hired to tide over shortage of specialists in government hospitals, wherever it was required.

He told The Hindu here on Friday after inspecting government hospitals in Rameswaram, Manamadurai and Paramakudi, he said hospital authorities could identify specialists, including anaesthesiologists and paediatricians, wherever their services were required, on hour basis. In some hospitals equipment would be there but specialists might not be there. Under such circumstances, the scheme would be beneficial to patients as well as utilising the available resources.

He said 131 ultra sound machines were procured at a cost of Rs.9 crore under the modernisation plan of the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project. These were given to various hospitals in the State.

In Ramanathapuram district, hospitals in Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi and Rameswaram had been equipped with ultra sound equipment. An X-Ray machine would be transferred to Rameswaram from Coimbatore immediately to meet the urgent need. Mr. Viajyakumar said that it had been decided to give the job of bio medical disposal to the firms, which had set up Common Treatment Facility based on specification of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

The functioning of bio medical waste disposal was better in almost all government hospitals in the district. The wastes including syringes, blood stained cloth and others generated from hospitals, which were collected by the municipalities concerned previously, had been segregated at the source itself. These were handed over to the firm authorised for bio medical waste disposal.

He added that he had inspected several hospitals in Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Ramanathapuram to get the first hand information on creation of infrastructure, utilisation of equipment and resources, maternity facilities, improvement in provision of quality medical health to the people particularly poor and others.

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