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Sports injury treatment centre opened

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit visit an operation theatre at the sports injury treatment centre in the Safdarjung Hospital in the Capital on Sunday.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday dedicated to the nation the-state-of-the-art sports injury treatment centre at the Safdarjung Hospital.

Established specially for the Commonwealth Games, this is the first fully integrated sports injury treatment centre for arthroscopic and joint disorders that will provide world class treatment to sportspersons from not only India but the whole of Asia.

The centre was a small “sports injury unit” working under the aegis of the Central Institute of Orthopaedics of the hospital set up in 1995. The unit handled a total number of 2,000 cases and performed about 400 arthroscopic and other joint surgeries annually.

Considering the volume of the work, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decided to modernise the centre.

The Expenditure Finance Committee headed by Secretary, Health and Family Welfare allocated a sum of Rs. 70.72 crore from the normal plan allocation of the Ministry. Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (India) Ltd., a Government of India undertaking, was nominated the implementing agency of the project.

The centre has 30,000 beds in two wards; it will have three world-class integrated modular operation theatres with video-conferencing facility.

The centre in the long run will also act as a pilot to develop the specialty of sports medicine in the country. Besides catering to sportspersons it will also continue to provide specialised services to the general patients sustaining similar injuries and disorders as well. It expects to handle 2,500 cases a year.

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