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Will Improve Government Hospitals To World-Class Quality: Karnataka Minister

MYSURU: The state government hospitals will soon be improved to world-class standards, minister for medical education Dr K Sudhakar said on Saturday.

He was speaking after inspecting the infrastructure facilities at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, PKTB Sanatorium and Cheluvamba Hospital for Women and Children. He visited various wards and held discussions with doctors, staff and patients to know about the facilities and the improvement needed in hospitals.

“The government hospitals will be improved to provide quality medical service and get accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH),” he said.

Sudhakar said the department would set up a ‘vision group’ that includes medical experts and doctors from various hospitals who will chalk out plans and programmes to have best medical facilities in the hospitals and quality medical education for students in colleges.

“The department will set up the group within 10 days. Jayadeva institute director Dr C N Manjunath will be one of the team members of the vision group. The group will plan programmes for quality service and infrastructure in hospitals,” he said.

The minister said that Jayadeva Hospital is providing facilities on par with five-star private hospitals.

“As Cheluvamba Hospital has a heritage building, the department cannot restore or take up new constructions. So, a super-specialty hospital is being constructed having all the facilities which will be completed in May or June. This will address the shortage of ICU and NICU wards in the present building. The new hospital will also reduce the burden on KR Hospital and Cheluvamba Hospital. The shortage of C, D and paramedical staff will also be addressed by revising the Cadre and Recruitment Rules pending for the past many years,” he said.

He said that he has the vision to provide the best medical care to people and to make the medical institutions as centres of excellence. “The department is trying to improve the quality of healthcare to achieve NABH accreditation,” he said.

Karnataka is safe from coronavirus: Minister

Medical education minister K Sudhakar said the health department is extremely cautious with regard to coronavirus. “All travellers are screened at international airports. Till date, nearly one lakh tourists have been screened at the airports. Those who have symptoms are kept in isolation and quarantined for nearly a month. We have not found any positive cases in the state. Precautionary measures are being taken in all the places including villages,” he said.

“We have reserved 2,500 beds in hospitals to handle virus cases. As some IT companies have temporarily stopped using biometric machines to mark attendance fearing spread of virus, the government is also contemplating on temporarily stopping the biometric attendance,” he said.-Times Of India

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