Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a major push to medical and health sector on Tuesday inaugurated a 230 bedded super specialty hospital at Kakriyal near Katra.
The treatment to cancer and neurology ailments had so far been unavailable in the state, making people rush to hospitals either at Chandigarh or in Delhi.
Standing in the backdrop of Trikuta Hills, location of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, the hospital is equipped with state of the art computerized diagnostic and treatment facilities including Linear Accelerator, Brachy Therapy, Gamma Camera, MRI, CT Scan, Cath Lab, Endoscopy and Bronchotherapy. Offering diagnosis and treatment in more than 20 different streams of medicine and surgery, it also has state of the art dialysis unit.
These streams include cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neuro-surgery, nephrology, urology, oncology, pulmonology, bone-marrow transplant, gastroenterology, orthopedics, trauma-medicine, pediatrics and neonatology, obstetrics and gynecology, said Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Ajeet Kumar Sahu. Now people of the state need not go out of the state for treatment to cancer or neurology related problems, he added.
Named as Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, it has been constructed by Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board at the cost of Rs 300 crore on a sprawling 80 hectares. To operationalise it, the Board has entered into an agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, which operates 32 hospitals all over the country.
The hospital will also have its specialty in cardiology as the Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, which operates 32 hospitals all over the country and with whom Shrine Board has entered into an agreement to operationalisation the Superspecialty Hospital, are already well know in pediatric cardiology, Sahu pointed out.
Within a year, the Board intends to begin organ transplant facility in the hospital, he pointed out, adding that it will be the first stand alone hospital in the state having many novel features like provision for rain water harvesting, solar energy utilization, incineration of waste materials, generators for power backup, and two sewage treatment plants, apart from its own laundry, shopping complex, parking facility and various other required ancillary services.
Apart from this, the hospital will also have two well equipped Critical Care Ambulences and two mobile units. One of the mobile unit will have facility to diagnose breast cancer.
On preparatory basis, free of cost OPD services and diagnostic test facilities have been made operational at the hospital from March 15. It will offer free OPD consultation to all patients till July 7.
It performed its first coronary angiography on April 14 giving a fresh lease of life to a 32-year-old patient who underwent an emergency angiography and angioplasty at the hospital. The patient’s post operative recovery after successfully undergoing angioplasty was uneventful, said Dr (Brig) Man Mohan Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer of the Super Specialty Hospital.
The hospital has a floor area of 2.54 lakh sq ft and another 2.67 lakh sq ft for residential accommodation of doctors, nurses, paramedics and ancillary staff, apart from a guest house for visiting doctors . The hospital complex also has the provision of an Inn for stay of patients coming from within and outside the state for their recovery and follow up treatment on moderate payment. For attendants, a dharamshala has been constructed with arrangement of food.
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