A separate unit for bone marrow transplant is being established at the hematology department of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science the only government hospital in the state to offer bone marrow transplantation.
The new unit will therefore help in catering more patients. With limited facilities,the centre has till date done 38 transplants so far.
The new section,called the green ward,will have ten rooms with hepa filters 0.2 micron filters through which air is pushed in the room using positive pressure and help in removing air microbes thereby providing a sterilised environment to the patients.
We just had two rooms till now. However,a separate unit is in pipeline and we are hopeful of getting it within next six months, said Dr Soniya Nityanand,head of the department of hematology.
Of the ten rooms,nine will be for the patients while one will be converted into an operation theatre.
The nine rooms will be house patients just after the they have undergone the bone marrow transplant or those with extremely low white blood cell counts. Such patients have very low immunity and can acquire infection very easily. The microbe free air reduces the chances of patients acquiring infection,said Dr Nityanand.
Apart from the green ward,the building will also have a 30-bed patient department,an eight-bed day care center as well as an OPD area. The building for administrative and teaching block of the department is ready and awaiting furnishing,she said.