April 27, 2015
Critical care in Govt hospitals to be upgraded in Bengal with Singapore tie-up
The West Bengal Government is all set to sign an agreement with its Singapore counterpart to upgrade critical care services in the public health care system in Bengal.
Critical care services are specialized and prompt treatment facilities are made available in a hospital’s critical care unit (CCU). A CCU provides patients in critical condition who require close and constant monitoring with specialized medical equipment to restore their normal bodily functions. CCUs have trained doctors and nurses available round the clock.
At the recently concluded Global Bengal Business Summit, the State health department had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Government in order to upgrade critical care services in state-run medical colleges and hospitals. An agreement between Bengal and Singapore will be signed soon. Officials from the State health department will visit Singapore to finalise the agreement. A team of officials from the Singapore national health services government has already visited different medical colleges in Kolkata to discuss the issue.
According to the proposed agreement, around 100 specialist doctors and nurses associated with different state-run medical colleges and hospitals will undergo training programmes in critical care treatment in top hospitals run by the Singapore government in different phases. The critical care specialists from Singapore will also come to Kolkata to share their expertise with these 100 doctors and nurses. The entire training programme will span over three years.