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Advanced cardiac centre opened

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CUTTACK: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday inaugurated an advanced cardiac care centre at SCB medical college and hospital here. The state-of-the-art center built at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore is part of an integrated Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences which will house the departments of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery of the Medical College.

“The Institute will go a long way in providing better treatment facilities to patients coming to the hospital with heart ailments”, said the Chief Minister after inaugurating it in the evening. Health Minister Prasanna Acharya, Culture Minister Devi Prasad Mishra, School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena, local legislators Debashis Samantray, Pravat Biswal and city mayor S K Ghosh were also present on the occasion.

The four-storied institute has a 60-bed ward and another 20-bed Intensive Coronary Care Unit (ICCU) with super specialty cardiac care and advanced therapeutic facilities, informed the head of cardiology department Prof Hrudananda Mishra.

“The Institute also has an OPD, 14 private cabins and a newly installed Cath Lab developed entirely by SIMENS to provide angiography, angioplasty facilities for device closure for congenital heart diseases and radiofrequency ablation facilities”, Mishra pointed out adding that the Cath Lab is the first of its kind in entire Eastern India.

He also added that the fifth floor of the building would come up soon to house the cardiothoracic surgery department and along with it the bed-strength of the Institute would also increase.

The cardiothoracic surgery department is currently functioning from the surgery department of the Hospital.

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