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Old July 8th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #101
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NRHM, no short cut to universal health care

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) cannot be a short cut to the country’s goals of Universal Health Care (UHC) and this can be achieved only by strengthening the public health system,V. Ramankutty, Professor, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, has said.

Access to universal health care was not a novel concept but it seemed to be entangled in questions of political priorities. At a time when the nation was talking about manned missions to moon, it was sad that basic health to all continued to remain an elusive concept, Dr. Ramankutty said.

Talking about linking NRHM and Universal Health Care at a national consultation on ‘Engendering Health: The NRHM Experience’ organised by the Centre for Development Studies and UN Women here on Friday, Dr. Ramankutty, said there were various dilemmas as far as UHC was concerned and the acute shortage of human resources in health was an issue that continued to haunt policy makers.

While options such as increasing the number of medical seats or launching a new cadre of rural medical professional were being discussed, fresh questions such as the quality of medical education and who would bear the cost of training also came up.

Interim arrangement

He said that with the NRHM focussing more on maternal health and child care, the idea of UHC somehow seemed to have been lost. But the NRHM could only be seen as an interim arrangement to fill out critical gaps in service delivery. It was up to the States to build on the basic infrastructure, Dr. Ramankutty, said.

Member of NRHM Mission Steering Group Gita Sen said universal health care was a goal that health systems like UK’s National Health Service were still struggling to achieve, as health care was becoming more and more expensive. While the nation’s overall expenditure on health was about 4 to 5 per cent of the GDP, it was pathetic that public spending or the government’s share was only about 1.2 per cent. The rest was all private out-of-pocket expenditure, she said.

The NRHM should learn from the Tamil Nadu initiative of free supply of generic drugs to people in hospitals, which can dramatically bring down out-of-pocket health expenditure, Dr. Sen said.

The gender dimensions of UHC, engendering medical education and Kerala’s new initiatives under the NRHM were widely discussed.
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50 beds promised for Siddha hospital

Health Minister V. S. Sivakumar has announced that 50 beds and other equipment will be granted to the Government Siddha Hospital, Vallakadavu. He was speaking during the inauguration of a ‘Siddha Medical Camp’ and an awareness initiative, jointly organised by the hospital, the Siddha Graduate Medical Association and the Vallakadavu Muslim Jamaat at the Jamaat Hall. The camp was conducted taking into account the rise in monsoon-related diseases.

Ayurveda District Medical Officer Dr. Sundaran presided. The Minister said that the Siddha medical practice was among the oldest branches of treatment that deserved all incentives granted to other branches. He said that 17 Siddha dispensaries would be started in the State soon.

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Old July 11th, 2012, 02:05 PM   #103
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Pregnant women to get free medical care in Kerala: India

Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram to be launched soon

Kerala will soon have Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), a Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Mohfw) initiative, which ensures absolutely free maternal and neonatal services including Caesarean section deliveries and all possible out-of-pocket medical expenses that childbirth brings.

The new initiative, a supplementary to the existing cash-assistance scheme Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), was formally launched last month.

Under the JSSK, pregnant women will be provided cashless services in normal delivery cases, Caesarean operations and neonatal care (up to 30 days after birth) in government health institutions, both in urban and rural areas. The aim is to boost institutional deliveries, so as to bring down maternal mortality rate.

“JSSK had been envisaged for the entire country but in Kerala, the only hitch was that the amount set aside for providing free transportation was not enough. The matter was taken up with the Mohfw and it has been sorted out now. It is not finalised yet, but we are thinking about a special fleet of ambulances for JSSK, on the lines of the 108 service, which would be funded by the NRHM,” a high-level official in the department told The Hindu .

Pregnant women who deliver in the government hospitals or in specially accredited private hospitals are now being paid Rs.700 in Kerala under the Janani Suraksha Yojana.

JSSK has been conceived with the aim of providing quality post-natal care for women, as most of the maternal deaths occur during this period.

As per the scheme, all services for pregnant women reaching a hospital will be free – this includes free drugs and consumables, food and stay in hospitals, blood transfusion services if required, and totally free transport services from home to the hospital and back.

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“The primary aim of the new initiative is to ensure that there is no out-of-pocket expenditure for a pregnant woman coming to a healthcare institution for delivery, either by way of transportation charges or hospital charges for investigations like ultrasound scan. Once the transportation component is worked out, a pregnant woman anywhere in the State should be able to call for an ambulance for going to the hospital for delivery and back,” a senior Health official said.

Kerala has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the country at 81 (per one lakh live births), as against the national MMR of 212.

However, in a State with almost 100 per cent institutional deliveries, the maternal mortality rate should be much lower, public health experts say.

A significant number of maternal deaths in the State continue to be in hard-to-access tribal hamlets in districts like Wayanad.

The question is whether any of the schemes like JSSK or JSY will benefit mothers in the tribal areas, who continue to be marginalised and are often neglected by the health care delivery system.


The scheme aims to bring down mortality rate by encouraging institutional deliveries
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Old July 14th, 2012, 06:22 PM   #104
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Kerala's first injection centre at Ernakulam General Hospital

KOCHI: The state's first safe injection centre, which also aims at providing painless injection to patients, opened at the Ernakulum General Hospital, the lone government hospital in the state with National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation.
The centre, which set up with Rs 5 lakh and part of the Safe I programme, will also provide training to doctors and nursing staff of all the government hospitals in the district on safe injection practices.

As per various studies 63 per cent injections given in the country are unsafe and in such a scenario safe injection programmes need to be promoted, according to Aneesh T P, clinical manager with BD India, the company that designed the safe injection centre at Ernakulum General Hospital.


"We are planning to spread safe injection campaign across the state in collaboration with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Indian Academy of Paediatrics considering the seriousness of the issue," he said.
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Dialysis unit inaugurated at General Hospital

Dialysis units will be set up in all district hospitals across the State this year, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

He was inaugurating a dialysis unit set up at General Hospital with financial assistance from HDFC Bank where 100 dialyses would be offered free of cost to patients.

Mr. Sivakumar said taluk hospitals would also be equipped with dialysis units in a phased manner.

Public sector hospitals should become the lifeline of the poor. The government was making consistent efforts to improve the facilities in the public sector hospitals and make available all super-specialty treatments offered by major private hospitals, he said.

Six new medical colleges were on the anvil. These would be launched in the government sector at Badiyadukka in Kasaragod, Manjeri in Malappuram, Painav in Idukki, and Konni in Pathanamthitta. The medical college at Haripad would be a public-private initiative, while the one at Palakkad would be a self-financing institution under the Department for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Mr. Sivakumar said environmental degradation was the major cause of the outbreak of infectious diseases across the State every monsoon. The government was all set to launch a sustainable year-long action plan for infectious disease prevention and control.

The government was trying to resolve the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the public sector hospitals.

From November 1, generic drugs would be made available free of cost in all government hospitals in the State. Steps were being taken to reduce drug prices. Thirty-five Karunya pharmacies would be opened this year.

The Medical College Hospital here would be made a fully referral hospital. To make this possible, all periphery hospitals would be strengthened, Mr. Sivakumar said.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #106
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New Multi-Specialty hospital at Perumpavur

Secretary of Sree Narayana Gurukulam Charitable Trust, Perumpavur, Kerala invites tenders notice for construction of multi speciality hospital in aimury at Perumpavur, from 11-07-2012 to 26-07-2012. Tender document can be collected/downloaded from Perumpavur.

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Old July 24th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #107
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Upgradation of Peroorkada Hospital on the cards

The State Government is planning to convert the Peroorkada Model Government Hospital into a district hospital in a phased manner, Health Minister V S Sivakumar said in the Assembly on Monday. The development of the hospital will be realised along with efforts to turn the Medical College Hospital into a fully referral hospital.

Replying to the submission presented by K Muraleedharan MLA of the Congress, the Minister said that orders were issued for the transfer of overseeing powers of the Peroorkada Hospital from the City Corporation to the District Panchayat on July 13. The services of 42 doctors, including those in 35 approved posts, have been ensured for the hospital, he said and added that the Government has taken note of the lapses in the functioning of the hospital. He assured Muraleedharan that all steps will be taken to correct them.

“In a phased manner, the hospital will be developed to the standards of a district hospital,” he promised.

Muraleedharan highlighted the lack of amenities and infrastructure at the Peroorkada hospital as well as the deaths reported in recent times which created a controversy. There was even an instance of doctors keeping away from work in the OP wing last week.

“Considering the fact that lakhs and lakhs of people in the city and around are availing the services of the hospital, the Peroorkada hospital should be developed into a speciality centre,” the MLA urged.

Muraleedharan also demanded that the work on the new block should be completed at the earliest.
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BCG group to enter Ayurveda treatment, to open new hospitals and university

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/KOCHI: BCG Health Care group is making a foray into Ayurvedic treatment by investing in clinics, farms for medicinal herbs and education. The group, which has had its share of success with homeopathic clinics - Advanced Research and Training for Health (Arth) - launched four months ago, is adding five more clinics by the month end in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Shornur, Palakkad and Thrissur.

Rekha C Babu, Ceo of the company, said Arth clinics being set up in the hub and spoke model, have registered month-on-month profit. "On per-doctor analysis, there is almost 100 % increase in their revenue. The talent pools from this largely unorganised sector are phenomenal and while its corporatisation may be attributed to the 60%, 70% month-on-month growth. We don't want to get carried away with the initial growth and hope to stabilise at around 30%, the projected market growth in this sector."

Homeopathic sector is expecting a turnover of Rs 4,600 crores and Kerala is expected to contribute Rs 800 crore to this, of which Arth is looking to sit tight on 10% market share by opening 45 clinics by the year end.

The company's venture into Ayurveda is also calculated with BCG group not wanting to market itself as panchakarma centre focusing on youth and rejuvenation but on the four branches of Ayurvedic treatment - Rasayana, Vajeekarana, Salya and Manasikam. BCG group will open 25-30 bed Ayurvedic hospitals in Kochi and Tiruvananthapuram.

As part of its Rasayana treatment, the first Kayakalpa treatment centre Veda Vaidyasala has started functioning at Palarivattom, Kochi. This centre is currently researching the benefits of the treatment.

"The Kayakalpa Kuti will accept only one patient at a time and currently the team is researching the results shown by a patient who had very low sperm count. Kayakalpa treatment has shown tremendous results in his case," she said.

The BCG group will be opening an Ayurvedic college at Wyanad with intake planned for 2013 academic year. They have also bought 10 acres of land at Palakkad to cultivate Navara rice which will be used for consumption at the treatment centre.

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Hospital to upgrade facilities

The Hospital Development Committee of Alappuzha Medical College Hospital has decided to begin conducting open heart surgeries in the hospital from August this year.

The cardiothoracic surgery wing will function from the hospital at Vadanam near here by August 15. The heart lung machine for the surgery has already arrived.

District Collector P. Venugopal, who chaired the meeting of the committee, said that administrative sanction for setting up a solid waste treatment plant for the hospital has been given. A decision will be taken within two months to start a trauma care centre with modern facilities at the hospital. The meeting also decided to prepare a project for total computerisation of the functioning of the hospital and submit it to the government.

A surveillance camera will be set up in the ICU and Out Patient (OP) wing for the supervision of Hospital Superintendent and Resident Medical Officer (RMO) in the wake of complaints that senior doctors’ services were not available at night.

Urgent visitors pass at a cost of Rs.15 will be sanctioned at the hospital. The time for issuing the pass is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The pass is valid for two hours. The rest centre for bystanders will begin function soon. A fee of Rs.100 will be charged per day from bystanders for using the rest centre. A total of 24 persons can be accommodated at the centre. Women can use the ground floor and men the first floor.


Cardiothoracic surgery wing to begin function by August 15.

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Kerala to start Premier Medical College in Alleppey.

To be the first PPP Medical College in the state
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The Kerala government has taken a step forward in setting up medical colleges in the state. The government has given its approval to set up of a Rs.300 crore hospital and medical college in which the diaspora will be allowed to invest. The Kerala Institute of Medical Education and Research will come up in Alappuzha district in three years, an official said. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy cleared the project at a cabinet meeting last week. In his budget speech, Finance Minister K.M. Mani had announced plans to set up five government medical colleges in the state. This is the first of them.

An official told IANS that the state-of-the-art institute would have a split structure — a committee of government officials to run the hospital and a management to run the college. Another committee would look after the infrastructure development of the hospital and the college. “The project will be a reality in three years. Interested non-resident Keralites can invest in the project and will get shares,” said the official. “The institute will be built on public-private partnership model and will be run by a government-appointed committee.”

The government has allocated around 25 acres for the project near the National Thermal Power Corp plant in Alappuzha. “The government’s contribution would work out to be 26 percent of the equity. The rest will come from investment made by the diaspora. Those who will buy the institute’s shares will get one seat every year for admission to an MBBS course,” said the official. “Since the gestation period for an institute like this will be longer compared to other ventures, the diaspora wanting to invest should be aware that there will be no profit for over 10 years,” said the official. This is the second project after the Kannur international airport where the government has asked the diaspora to invest.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 06:27 PM   #111
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25 years of caring the sick:Jubilee Hospital Trivandrum,India


Jubilee Memorial Hospital, Palayam, Trivandrum, is the only Catholic Health Care Service provider in the capital city of Kerala, with a mission of “Promotion of Life Though Health Care With Love”.
The Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum had undertaken this initiative of health care service on July 27, 1987 with Christian spirit and a vision of health enhancement of the poor in the villages, promoting women empowerment, and to provide job opportunities in the health care service for their uplift, on the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Diocese.
At present it is a 200-bedded multi-specialty hospital giving affordable quality health care for all kinds of people from in and out of Trivandrum district.
“A friendly, homely and affordable hospital” is what our patients and relatives say about Jubilee Memorial Hospital. Where as our staffs say that they feel a warm family atmosphere, and our doctors feel “Jubilee is place of ethical medical practice”.
The management is trying to make Jubilee Hospital a place of healing and comfort of Jesus. Life is the most precious gift and expression of God’s love and Jubilee Memorial Hospital is committed to foster and promote it.
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Need for better facilities in prison hospitals, court told

This will prevent misuse of outside hospital facilities
The State government on Friday informed the Kerala High Court that there was a need for equipping hospitals
attached to the central prisons with modern facilities to prevent misuse of outside hospital facilities by influential
inmates of the prisons.
In an affidavit, the government said some influential inmates were indeed misusing the outside hospital facilities after
feigning illness. The affidavit was filed by Assistant Inspector-General of Police P. Ashok Kumar in response to a
directive issued in a suo motu proceedings initiated by the court on a complaint that special treatments were being
meted out to certain convicts.
The court had earlier asked the State Police Chief to file an affidavit regarding the implementation of suggestions by
the Additional Director-General of Police (prisons) for jail reforms.
The affidavit said absence of good quality treatment in prison hospitals offered opportunities to prisoners to keep
themselves away from the jail premises. Therefore, modern facilities and services of specialist doctors should be
provided in jail hospitals. The affidavit said suggestions of the ADGP would be implemented immediately.
The State would constitute a special squad headed by a superintendent of a central prison to conduct frequent checks
in jails. It would certainly discourage illegal possession of contraband articles by prisoners. Installation of body
scanners at the main gates of jails would help prevent illegal trafficking of contraband articles.
The government would address the issue of shortage of jail staff. The State would also consider the recommendations
made by a committee that escort for prisoners should be entrusted with the warder staff, by increasing the staff
strength.
There were delays in getting timely police escort for the prisoners, the affidavit said. The policemen were deployed for
escort duty in addition to their law and order duties.
The department was forced to withdraw policemen from field duties at the cost of law and order duties. If escorting
prisoners was entrusted with the warder staff, they could better take care of the prisoners because they could
understand their behaviour and psychology.
The video-conferencing system connecting courts and the jails had been made operational in five districts, including a
jail in Ernakulam. The new system would reduce the expenses required for taking prisoners to courts from jails.
Modern facilities needed in jail hospitals
‘Suggestions will be implemented immediately’
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Over 20 firms evince interest in preparing project report

As many as 23 reputed companies from the country have expressed interest in preparing the detailed project report for establishing a ‘Global ayurveda village’, planned by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra), in Thiruvananthapuram.

The State Government has allotted Rs 5 crore for the initial works. The village is expected to be located near the Ponmudi area.

G Muraleedharan, special officer of the project, Kinfra, said that the first phase of the project is expected to commence within a year. The Rs 200-crore project in three phases will be completed in four years.

“Ayurveda will be branded with the support of the government to attract people from all over the world. It is estimated that 200 acres of land is needed for the project, which will meet all the international standards”, he said.

A wellness centre specialising in diabetes will be established along with an immunity centre and proctology clinic. A tie-up will be made with all the agriculture universities and other related organisations in the country for sharing the most modern techniques for medicinal plant cultivation.

Around 100 acres of land will be utilised for the cultivation of plants having medicinal value. Land very near the Western Ghats, which will be most suitable for the medicinal plants, will be selected.

“Tele-medicine and tele-health care will be promoted to serve people from anywhere in the world. Video conferencing will help the doctors examine the patients and support them for the treatment,’’ Muraleedharan said.

As this project is on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis, the investors will be given the opportunity for promoting health tourism. Environment-friendly huts and cottages will be constructed to attract more tourists to this village, which will have specific standards to meet the demands of international tourists.

As of now, there is no coordination between Ayurveda colleges and universities to share the scientific developments in this sector. As part of documenting the innovations in Ayurveda sector, a software is being developed and the documents from all the colleges and universities will be incorporated in the website.

All supporting departments for the treatment will also come up at the village. This village will be a one-stop destination for all the available Ayurveda treatments in the country using all the modern scientific developments.

A full-fledged educational and training institution will be set up offering basic to research-level activities. This educational centre will be able to meet the growing demand of qualified Ayurvedic professionals.

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HLL Lifecare develops affordable diagnostic kit

The HLL Lifecare Limited has developed a duplex test kit to make chikungunya and dengue fever tests more affordable to the common man.

The new multiplex molecular diagnostic kit has been developed by the HLL in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology here.

Currently, HLL Lifecare is in a tie-up with Kerala State Institute for Virology and Infectious Diseases, under the State Government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Department, for third-party validation of the diagnostic kits. The product will be launched in the market very soon.

‘’Making public healthcare affordable has always been our motto,’’ said HLL Chairman and Managing Director Dr M Ayyappan. ‘’This kit comes as the latest offering from our portfolio to ease the burden of the common man,’’ he said.

Further, the new product would facilitate conduct of the test with large throughput screening for management of diseases, he noted. ‘’It is going to be a handy tool in screening of patients on a large-scale basis in an affordable manner.’’

HLL has a factory located at Manesar in Haryana, exclusively catering to the manufacturing of in-vitro diagnostic test kits. This unit had started with manufacture of pregnancy test kits and is currently into production of kits for dengue and malaria, among other infectious diseases.

‘’Looking to tap the growing opportunities in the sector and making a solid market intervention to make tests of communicable diseases accessible and affordable, we will extend the facility for other viral platforms as well,’’ Dr Ayyappan added.
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Special package for Malabar’s health sector

Minister for Devaswom and Health V.S. Sivakumar has said that the government will implement a special package for the Malabar region to resolve issues in the health sector.

After inaugurating a blood component separation unit at the district hospital, Mananthavadi, on Sunday, Mr. Sivakumar said that the region had been facing various issues in the medical sector, including the dearth of medical staff and poor infrastructure in government hospitals. The new package was aimed at solving such issues, Mr. Sivakumar said. As part of it, a meeting of people’s representatives and top health officials would be convened soon.

Generic medicines would be provided free to all patients through government hospitals in the State form November 1, Mr. Sivakumar said, adding that a pilot project of the scheme would be launched by the first week of September. Pain and palliative care clinics would be launched in all district hospitals and select taluk hospitals soon. As many as 119 varieties of medicines would be given free to cancer patients from September 1 and 35 ‘Karunya’ medical shops would be opened in the State to provide medicines to the public at a fair rate, Mr. Sivakumar said.

Seventy-five acres of land had been identified for the medical project of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in the district. The government would pressure the Union government to expedite its construction work.
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Chief Minister Inaugurated the Neuro Centre



New Neuro centre inaugurated in Cochin
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MIMS to open more hospitals

The Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) will soon establish hospitals in Kannur and Palakkad, MIMS chairman Azad Mooppen announced at a press conference here recently.

Each of these hospitals would cost Rs.75 crore to build, Dr. Mooppen said.

The hospital in Kannur is expected to be ready in two years.

Dr. Mooppen also announced that MIMS would expand its facilities and activities in a big way at a cost of Rs.300 crore in three years. Among the new facilities that are proposed to be introduced is a special unit for women and children at MIMS, Kozhikode. It would cost Rs.75 crore.

The existing facilities in Kozhikode and Kottakkal would be improved at a cost of Rs.75 crore.

The bed strength in MIMS, Kottakkal, would be 300 soon. In Wayanad, the proposed medical college of DM Foundation, which is a sister concern of MIMS, would have an in-patient wing with 300 beds by October. About 100 patients were already visiting the out-patient ward daily. Dr. Mooppen also gave an assurance that concessions now available to patients from the BPL category for treatment would be continued.
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NABH accreditation for women & children hospital

The Women and Children Hospital at Thycaud, the Grandma among the government hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram, has received the accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH). This is the first women and children hospital in India to get the accreditation.

During Travancore monarchy, the hospital had started as a dispensary. In 1914, it was transformed into a fully-equipped hospital, which also was the venue for the first caesarean section in Kerala.

As of now, there are 138 hospitals that have got the NABH accreditation in the country, a majority of which are in the private sector. Of the eight accredited hospitals in the state, this is the second hospital in the public sector to get accreditation.

The general hospital at Kochi had received the accreditation last year.

Health Minister V S Sivakumar said that the accreditation of the Thycaud hospital is expected to catalyse the quality improvement in many other hospitals in the government sector.

The Minister said that the accreditation was made possible by the joint efforts of the State Health Department and the National Rural Health Mission and he congratulated every officer, hospital staff and the hospital development committee member.

Sivakumar said that the State Government is making all efforts to improve the quality of health centres in the government sector by implementing treatment facilities of national standards. As part of this, efforts are also on to get NABH accreditation to 14 other hospitals in the state.

It now has a centralised sterile supply section, totally sterile operation theatres, X-ray facility recognised by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, modern laboratory, calibrated medical devices, infection-control, power laundry, fire safety measures, disaster mitigation programmes, various training programmes, clear and complete medical record system and quality control index.
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Kerala: New version of 'family doctor' on the cards

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government is looking at replicating the rural primary health care centres in urban areas through a collaboration with private players. The idea mooted by Health Department at the recently concluded ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet received good response from private players, including foreign, who are already present in the sector in other states.
“Such a model already exists in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi. It is the modern version of the ‘family doctor’ that was the practice followed in Kerala for long. Instead of going to a hospital, a patient can go to such centres and if any specialist is required for the ailment then the patient is referred by the centre to the specialist doctor,” Rajeev Sadanandan, principal secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department told Express.
Most of the time, specialists deal with patients with common medical problems that can be easily addressed by a general practitioner. “Since there are no recognized general practitioner services available, patients consult specialist doctors or depend on multi-specialty hospitals. This is the reason to revive the concept of family medicine which could be a help to the common man,” he said. The centre, apart from treating acute and immediate problems, can also offer preventative services and care of chronic disease and could manage referral to hospital for those patients who require it.

“Such a model is successfully running in Bangalore. The centres that practise the extended version of family medicine concept also help build a better patient-doctor association that is based on trust. Some of the centres also offer paediatric service along with general medicine as anyone in the family, including the child, can be treated at the clinic. A patient can also avail of the facility of online booking as well as electronic booking system over phone,” said Dr Rajesh A, who is a general physician working in one such centre in Bangalore.
Sadanandan said that the concept mooted during the health care session at the recently concluded ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet got a good response. “A private player has come up with the expression of interest. Currently, they are looking for partners to associate with in Kerala to start their operation,” he said.
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