January 28, 2009 1:07:35 am
In an otherwise lack-lustre budget for 2009-10,the Board of Management of VS Hospital has come up with proposals relating to the setting up of an information centre,a kitchen complex,and an in-vitro fertilisation centre.
Other highlights in the budget include a certificate course for training in advanced ultra sonography,upgradation of laproscopic surgery,and capacity expansion of post mortem facility.
Presenting the Rs 74.22 crore budget,ex-officio chairman of the Board,Mayor Kanaji Thakor,said the new facilities would prove a boon to the patients coming to the hospital from the city and the nearby towns. A new course in emergency medicine is also on the cards,he said.
A sum of Rs 10 lakh has been allocated for equipment to cater to the high-risk pregnancy unit,which handles 20 to 30 per cent of cases as high risk.
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A sizeable amount of Rs 10.83 crore has been set aside for the expansion of the nursing school and hostel because of further expansion of accommodating 40 more students,which will take the total number to 100 students.
The teaching block will be built on 4,000 sq metres while the hostel block will occupy 7,000 sq metres of area,he said.
The Jain ward will be renovated at a cost of Rs 49 lakh,which has been sourced from grants contribution from Jain MLAs and councillors,the maximum being from former mayor Amit Shah (Rs 20 lakh) followed by Rs 5 lakh from the MLA grant of Rakesh Shah.
The psychiatry department is to be upgraded with Rs 50 lakh,approved under the National Mental Health Project,Thakor said. The Board of Management headed by the Mayor added Rs 4.25 crore in the Rs 69.97 crore budget presented by Superintendent Dr M H Makwana,taking it to Rs 74.22 crore. The hospital’s income is pegged at Rs 6.46 crore while grants from the AMC stand at Rs 60.50 crore. The state government’s grants remain unchanged at Rs 3 crore. Rs 75 lakh have been earmarked for anti-rabies vaccine.
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