Bengal’s first full-fledged Trauma Care Centre inaugurated at RG Kar Hospital

The Bengal Government’s first full-fledged Trauma Care Centre, located at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, was inaugurated recently by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

A trauma centre is a medical facility equipped and staffed to treat patients who suffer major injuries during an accident.

The hi-tech seven-storey facility has facilities for treatment of all sorts of head injuries, including very severe ones. The departments include departments which include medicine, neuro-medicine, neuro-surgery, orthopedic and anesthesiology.

There are 120 beds in totality – 70 dedicated for trauma patients and another 50 for neurosurgery and neuro-medicine. On the fifth floor is a high-dependency unit (HDU) with 25 beds.

Six modern operation theatres (OT) are located on the first and second floors, with three on each floor. Imaging facilities, comprising of a CT scan machine and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, are located on the ground floor. Among other facilities are a fully-equipped resuscitation centre, a mobile OT, ventilators and emergency X-Ray facilities.

The idea is to ensure that a trauma patient does not have to be moved out of the building during the entire hospital stay.

RG Kar gets a lot of road accident victims and other trauma patients from Kolkata as well as North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Hooghly and Howrah districts.

Sources: The Statesman

চালু হল রাজ্যের প্রথম ট্রমা সেন্টার

রাজ্যের প্রথম ট্রমা সেন্টার চালু হল আর জি কর মেডিকেল কলেজ হাসপাতালে। উত্তরবঙ্গ থেকে বোতাম টিপে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় এক ছাতার তলায় থাকা এই অত্যাধুনিক ট্রমা কেয়ার পরিষেবা ইউনিটের উদ্বোধন করেন কিছুদিন আগে।

প্রায় দেড়শোটি শয্যা থাকছে এই সাত তলা ট্রমা সেন্টারে। আশঙ্কাজনক রোগীদের প্রাণ বাঁচাতে দুই এবং তিনতলাতে হবে শুধু অপারেশন। নিউরো মেডিসিন, নিউরো সার্জারি, অর্থোপেডিক, অ্যানাসথেসিওলজি প্রভৃতি ট্রমা বা পথদুর্ঘটনা বা মারাত্মক চোট-আঘাতের চিকিৎসার ওয়ান স্টপ ব্যবস্থা থাকছে এখানে।

আটতলা এই ট্রমা সেন্টারের একতলায় থাকবে সিটি স্ক্যান, ৬৪ স্লাইস এমআরআই মেশিন ও মাইনর অপারেশন থিয়েটার। দোতলায় থাকবে তিনটি টেবিলের অপারেশন থিয়েটার। তিনতলায়ও তিনটি ওটি টেবিলের অপারেশন থিয়েটার থাকবে। চারতলায় আছে ৩৫টি ইন্ডোর ট্রমাকেয়ার বেড। পাঁচতলায় থাকছে হাই ডিপেন্ডেন্সি ইউনিট বা এইচডিইউ। ছ’তলায় আছে ৩০টি নিউরোমেডিসিন এবং ৩০টি নিউরোসার্জারি বেড। সাততলায় রয়েছে আরও ৩৫টি ট্রমাকেয়ার বেড। আটতলায় ক্যান্টিন, অটোক্লেভ মেশিন ইত্যাদি।

Ayurvedic Health Service Bill passed by Bengal Assembly

The West Bengal assembly Monday passed the ‘West Bengal State Ayurvedic Health Service (Amendment) Bill-2015’.

Speaking about the bill, minister of state for AYUSH, Health and Family Welfare Department, Ashish Banerjee, said the posts in the cadre of the West Bengal Ayurvedic Education Service and the West Bengal Ayurvedic Health Service would now be filled up through the West Bengal Health Recruitment Board.

Recruitment to all teaching and administrative posts in the West Bengal Ayurvedic Education Service and all basic grade and administrative posts in the West Bengal Ayurvedic Health Service was so far been made through the West Bengal Public Service Commission.

Stating that units of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) would be set up in all districts, the minister said AYUSH units would come up initially in the districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, West Midnapore, Birbhum, Nadia, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas.

A 50-bed AYUSH hospital would also come up at Alipurduar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would lay its foundation soon.

Stating that this mode of treatment would benefit people, the minister added the companies manufacturing AYUSH medicines have assured the state government to make necessary recruitment from AYUSH-related institutes.

Fair price medicine shops – Another international acclaim for Bengal

Fair Price Medicine Shops and Diagnostic Centres in Government Hospitals of West Bengal, which were a brainchild of Ms Mamata Banerjee, continue to receive more and more international attention and acclaim.

A research study conducted on this innovative intervention of our Government to reduce out of pocket expenses of patient parties has been selected for presentation in the 11th World Congress of International Health Economics Association to be held at Milan, Italy during 12-15th July, 2015.

Incidentally, 99 Fair Price Medicine Shops have been opened in just 4 years providing medicines at 48 to 77.2% discount. Discount worth more than Rs 440 crore has been availed of by 157 lakh patients so far. It has also been declared Model for the country.

Moreover, 58 Fair Price Diagnostic Centres have been set up in just 4 years offering digital X-ray, dialysis, CT Scan and MRI at very affordable price.

Bengal PG course for making specialised doctors now a National Model

Once again Bengal shows the way! Another feather has been added on the State Government’s cap. WB Government’s effort to take up post graduation education in making specialised doctors from remote areas have been appreciated by the Central Government. Like the Kannyashree Prakolpo, the Union Government is now adopting this as a model for the country.

In its endeavour to make education available to all strata of the society, the West Bengal Government took the initiative to start DNB (Diploma of National Board) in six district Medical Colleges, which were approved by the Board after strict evaluation.  This step will also help the State to deal with shortage of specialist doctors.

In the first phase the DNB course is being offered at Purulia, Krishnanagar, Barasat, Chinsura, Howrah and Asansol. Four more district hospitals where the course will start in the near future are Tamluk, Suri, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. At the moment courses where specialization offered are Gynaecology, Surgery, Medicine, Anaesthesia and Paediatrics.

The minimum qualification required to get admission in this course is MBBS. While studying, the doctors will be able to practice in the concerned hospital. This will also reduce the burden of city hospitals where people from the villages flock. Now, specialised treatment will be available at their doorstep.

In a recently held workshop in Kolkata for the teachers, the DNB official appreciated the State Government’s initiatives and also informed like the ‘fair price medical shops’ this model too will be taken up for countrywide implementation.