Bengal Govt to open geriatric care units in district hospitals

The Bengal Government is planning to set up comprehensive geriatric care units in various districts hospitals of the State. The units would be exclusive centres for the elderly, which would understand their medical backgrounds and offer them customised care.

The project will be carried out in various phases, with pilot projects in some districts to start with.

Currently, there are separate arrangements for elderly citizens in the outpatient departments (OPD) of all the State-run hospitals and medical colleges in Bengal. The existing infrastructure of elderly care in some of the hospitals across the State will be given a complete overhaul.

Specialised geriatric care centres would be set at the district-level where proficient geriatricians and allied medical professionals will provide comprehensive assessment to address all-round needs of a patient and recommend the best treatment.

According to sources in the Health Department, there are plans to divide the geriatric care centres into four zones – Outpatient Care, In-Patient Care, Emergency Care and Home Health Care. They will offer comprehensive physical, cognitive and psychosocial assessments, a personal care plan, rehabilitation, and recommendations on safe use of medicines.

Source: Millennium Post

State declares health schemes to benefit underprivileged

Minister of state for health Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya on Friday said that the state government will distribute certain expensive cancer drugs among poor patients free of cost in its hospitals in the city.

This is part of the project initiated by the present government to provide better health care facilities to the underprivileged.

The minister said that the decision would be implemented from 2 October. The Chief Minster had earlier expressed her desire for running a scheme through which the poor patients suffering from cancer will get some expensive drugs in the hospitals for free.

The minister today made this announcement while speaking at the inauguration of a new facility ward at the SSKM hospital. The ENT department of the SSKM hospital has conducted cochlear implant (CI) surgeries on four patients who are deaf or have hearing problem for free.

Treatment of cardiac and blood-related problems to be free of cost in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced that the State Government would soon make treatment of all types of cancer, cardiac problems and blood disorders completely free in state government-run hospitals and medical colleges.

The move by the State Government comes after a huge success of Fair Price Medicine shops and Diagnostic Centres.

The services to be provided would include all types of medicines, radiation therapy, surgical procedures like open heart surgery, bypass surgery, repair and replacement of valves and insertion of different types of implants like stents and pace makers, informed the West Bengal Chief Minister in a Facebook Post.

The scope of treatment of blood disorders including blood cancer, thalassemia, alplastic anaemia, hemophilia, etc would also be enhanced to offer universal coverage, the Chief Minister informed and said that the programme will be launched very soon after tying up the logistics and other issues.

Now, BPL patients are provided treatment and drugs free of cost at government hospitals. After the Chief Minister’s announcement, people of all income groups could avail themselves of free drugs and equipment.