State health minister Mangal Pandey inaugurated an array of facilities at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences including a liver transplant unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, a virology lab, a transition zone, an eye ward and renovated private wards including 60 air-conditioned wards, 32 deluxe wards and four non-AC wards. “Patients who are in the transition phase between serious and non-serious and whom we cannot keep in ward or in the intensive care unit, would be admitted in the transition zone,” explained hospital superintendent Dr Manish Mandal. “Earlier, because of not having the facility, we were forced to release the patient from hospital. The transition zone can accommodate 30 patients at a time.” With a ₹1.5 crore, four-bed liver transplant unit inaugurated, Mandal said it would take the hospital another one month to start liver transplant surgery.
“The infrastructure is ready but now we are waiting for the observers’ team visit who would access the infrastructure and give us the green light to start the procedure over here. Two teams from Institute of Liver and Billiary Sciences, Delhi are scheduled to visit IGIMS separately for final inspection. While one team would come between September 2 and September 10, another will come between September 12 and September 22. We have listed around 10 patients already who are in need of liver transplant surgery,” Mandal said. Dr Nidhi Prasad, assistant professor at the virology department of IGIMS, explained the importance of the Center-funded virology lab.
“With the starting of the lab, all kinds of viral tests which the doctors would think necessary would be conducted on patients,” she said. “Earlier only few viral tests were being conducted on patients such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C test. The test for vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya would also be conducted. Test for hepatitis A and hepatitis E which is spread through contamination of food would also be conducted in the virology lab, apart from pregnancy viral infections-related tests.” IGIMS director Dr N.R. Biswas, additional medical superintendent Dr Krishna Gopal, deputy medical superintendent Dr Aman Kumar, and dean Dr S.K. Shahi were present at the inaugural events. – Telegraph India