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Work on super-speciality block in Victoria Hospital to pick up

Afshan Yasmeen

G.T. Subhas appointed Special Officer to oversee work


The new block will have six speciality intensive care units with six beds each

It will have six operation theatres and also an MRI machine


Bangalore: Work on the super-speciality block of Victoria Hospital that has been delayed by almost a year is likely to gain momentum.

G.T. Subhas, former Dean and Director of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), who is now functioning as head of the department of neurology at the institute, has been appointed Special Officer to expedite the project.

Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas told The Hindu that poor patients were being deprived of super-speciality treatment at the hospital as work on this block was behind schedule. “Although we have funds, equipment and staff, we have not been able to start the services owing to the delay in civil and electrical works. To expedite work under the supervision of a person who has known the project since its inception in 2008, we have appointed Dr. Subhas as special officer,” the Minister said.

Although a proposal in this regard was forwarded by Medical Education Secretary I.M. Vittala Murthy to the Minister early this month, the order was issued on Monday.

Once ready, the 203-bed super-speciality block — being constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) — will have advanced medical facilities for neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, plastic surgery and surgical gastroenterology under one roof.

The new block will have six speciality intensive care units with six beds each (totally 36 ICU beds) thereby extending the hospital's existing 10-bed ICU facility. It will have six operation theatres and also an MRI machine.

Work on the block, that is being constructed at a cost of Rs 127 crore (Rs 100 crore under PMSSY and Rs 27 crore State funds), started in 2008. Although it was scheduled to be completed in July 2010, work was delayed and a fresh deadline of January 2011 was set. This too has not been met.

“We do not want any further delay. I will soon convene a meeting of officials from Public Works Department and Medical Education Department to chalk out modalities for completion of the work at the earliest,” Mr Ramdas added.

Dr. Subhas said additional manpower for the new block would soon be appointed. “Thirty-six doctors have already been appointed. More than 300 paramedical staff would be appointed as soon as the posts are sanctioned,” he said.

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