The State government has given its approval to upgrade the Peripheral Cancer Treatment Centre in Gulbarga at a cost of Rs. 9.70 crore in the first phase.
Minister of State for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil along with the Director of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology M. Vijayakumar, who visited the peripheral cancer treatment centre at the Government General Hospital complex and held discussion with the doctors on Saturday, said that it has been decided to refurbish the old building by taking up comprehensive repairs and constructing a state-of-the-art operation theatre.
Dr. Patil said the patients suffering from different types of cancer, except brain tumor, can avail treatment facility at the centre, after it is upgraded.
The Peripheral Cancer Treatment Centre would be converted to a Post Graduate Centre of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology after the implementation of the second phase of development of the centre. Dr. Patil said that the centre would also have chemotherapy treatment facility as well as a radiation treatment facility. Dr. Patil said that the Union government, in principle, has agreed to provide funds for the second phase.
Government signs MoU with HLL for setting up diagnostic centres
Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader has said that the State government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Latex Ltd. (HLL) for establishing diagnostic centres and generic drug stores in all district hospitals in the State, to enable patients to get diagnostic facilities and drugs at an affordable cost.
Addressing a press conference in Gulbarga city on Saturday, Mr. Khader said that hurdles for establishing the generic drug store and the diagnostic centre in the district hospitals have been cleared and these facilities would be established within one month.
Mr. Khader said that initially, diagnostic centres with latest gadgets including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), scanning, and other diagnostic equipments, would be established on the premises of the six district government hospitals, including Gulbarga Government General Hospital.
The prices of diagnostic tests would be fixed by the State government and would be much cheaper than what is being charged in private diagnostic facilities. For instance, an MRI test which costs around Rs. 8500 in private facilities would be available for around Rs. 3500 in the diagnostic centre established by the government.
He said that soon diagnostic centres would be established on the premises of all district government hospitals for the benefit of patients. However, generic drug stores would be established in all district government general hospitals within a month and based on their success, the same will be extended to the taluk government hospitals.
To a question, Mr. Khader said the Cabinet has cleared the proposal for extending the Vajpayee Arogya Shree scheme to Above Poverty Line cardholders and a gazette notification would be issued shortly. “The scheme would be launched in December and will be a ‘new year gift’ to people of the State from the State government,” he said.
Mr. Khader clarified for APL cardholders, treatment would not be entirely free as it is for BPL cardholders. They would have to bear 30 per cent of the cost of treatment and the remaining will be borne by the State government. “If the patient wants to get admitted in special rooms, the entire charge of room rent will have to be borne by the patient, along with 50 per cent of treatment cost.”
The Minister said that the State government has entered into an MoU with different private hospitals for extending the Vajpayee Arogyashree scheme to APL card holders.
Peripheral cancer centres in Mandya, Kalaburagi in a year
The proposed peripheral cancer centres in Mandya and Kalaburagi are likely to be operational in a year, according to Minister of State for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil.
Disclosing this to mediapersons here on Friday, Dr. Patil said the work on setting up the two centres would start soon.
He said the Mandya centre would be set up at a cost of Rs. 45 crore, and 75 per cent of the funds was being contributed by the Union government and the remaining was being provided by the State.
He said the State had sent a proposal to the Centre seeking grants for setting up a similar facility in Kalaburagi at a cost of Rs. 45 crore. The State had already provided Rs. 10 crore towards this, he said. Setting up these two centres was part of a plan to reduce the pressure on the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO) in Bengaluru, which was crowded with patients, the Minister said.
He said he had initiated various measures to streamline the functioning style of the KMIO, especially the long waiting period for patients to get therapies such as radiation. He had directed institute authorities to incorporate the system of providing disease-based facilities on the lines of Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai wherein all the therapies required for a particular kind of cancer would be available at one section so that patients need not move around too much.
KALABURAGI: The state government has accepted in principle the suggestion of the Centre to take over the responsibility of the ESI Medical Complex in Kalaburagi, Minister of State for Medical Education Dr Sharan Prakash Patil said here on Saturday.
The state government is working out the modalities, the minister told reporters. The state government would put forth certain conditions to take over the ESI Medical Complex, Patil said.
Patil said that AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) has decided to set up its regional centres in each state. He said the state government has recommended the names of a few cities, including Kalaburagi, for this purpose.
On New Govt Colleges
To a question, the minister said the state government has complied with most of the requirements of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start six new medical colleges in the state.
The proposed colleges are expected to come up in Kalaburagi, Gadag, Chamarajanagar, Karwar, Koppal and Kodagu districts. The MCI team is expected to inspect these places in January, he added. He said the buildings required to start medical courses are ready in Kalaburagi, Koppal, Gadag and Kodagu and also the process of appointing required staff has been completed. Patil said the state government would make a fresh proposal next year to open six more medical colleges, including one in Yadgir.
Kidwai to Become Regional Centre
The Centre has given its nod to upgrade Kidwai Institute of Oncology as a Regional Cancer Centre, Patil said. He said the state government is waiting for the formal sanction letter from the Central Government in this regard. He said the Centre has also okayed the proposal to start one more trauma care centre in Bengaluru and set up similar centres in Mandya and Kalaburagi.
The government has already held discussions with parents of the COMED-K aspirants regarding apprehensions over admission, fee structure, seat sharing and exams,Patil said.
A meeting with the managements has been convened on January 3, he said. The government has constituted two committees, headed by High Court judges Justice Gururajan and Justice Keshava Narayan, to look into the complaints, he said.ENS
Establishment of medical college at ESIC’s complex proposed
The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has proposed to the State government, the establishment of a University Medical College and other departments, using the readily available facilities available in the medical education complex of the ESIC in Kalaburagi. Official Sources told The Hindu here recently that the Syndicate of the RGUHS in its recent meeting in Bengaluru had passed a resolution to this effect, requesting the State government to allow the RGUHS to establish the University Medical College.
The Union government had already written a letter to the State government asking it to take over the medical education complex of the ESIC, constructed at a cost of nearly Rs. 1,600 crore.
The State government, while expressing its willingness to take over the complex in Kalaburagi, was waiting for the Union government to come out with the modalities for handing over the medical education complex. Once the modalities for taking over of the complex of the ESIC is completed, the State government is likely to take a call on the resolution passed by the RGHUHS.
Incidentally, the RGUHS is one of the Universities in the country which does not have a University Medical College and other departments mainly due to lack of its own building.
The proposal to construct its own building on Mysore Road first and later at Ramanagaram district has run into trouble due to legal wrangles involved in the acquisition of the land for the purpose.
Chairman of the Karnataka Medical Council H. Veerabhadrappa welcomed the decision of the Syndicate of the RGUHS to start a medical college of the University using the readily available infrastructure facility in the medical education complex at Kalaburagi.
The State government should also respond positively and allow the RGUHS to start the Medical College and other departments immediately, he said. The medical education complex can be converted at a later stage by the RGUHS as a medical education hub by starting Dental, Nursing and other para-medical institutes, he said.
The medical education complex in Kalaburagi is constructed in a 30-acre plus area adjacent to Gulbarga University. State govt. is awaiting instructions on modalities for handing over the complex ‘The complex can later be converted to a medical education hub offering other courses’
ESIC Exits Medical Education, State Colleges' Fate Uncertain
KALABURAGI: A directive by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) barring its medical colleges from admitting students from the next academic year and stopping staff recruitment has taken the state government by surprise.
In a memorandum on January 5, a copy of which is with Express, deputy medical commissioner (ME-II) Vivek Handa has stated that ESIC at its 163rd meeting on December 4 decided to exit the field of medical education since it was not its core function.
The memorandum made it clear that ESIC may neither undertake further admissions to medical colleges and other medical educations (PG, nursing, para-medical and dental) nor start new medical colleges. All ongoing medical education programmes may continue till the students pass out or (they) are adjusted according to provisions of the Essentiality Certificate issued by the state government, whichever is earlier.ESIC has decided to hand over its medical colleges and other medical education institutions having separate infrastructure to the state governments willing to such a transfer.
Karnataka has ESIC medical colleges in Bengaluru, which run PG courses, and another at Kalaburagi which was established two years ago. Kalaburagi ESIC Medical College dean Dr Chandrashekhar, who confirmed the receipt of the memorandum, said, “To complete the remaining three years of MBBS, the college needs more staff but
ESIC has barred recruitments.”
Medical Education Minister Sharanaprakash Patil told Express that the state government has expressed its willingness to take over the Kalaburagi and Bengaluru colleges for which modalities were being worked out. He said the first round of discussions were held with ESIC officials a few days ago and the government will put in all efforts to sort out the problem at the earliest.
To a question, he said a Medical Council of India team has already inspected the college in Kalaburagi besides the proposed six government medical colleges in the state. Patil ruled out handing over the Kalaburagi ESIC Medical College to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to run it as its own college.
On the six government medical colleges proposed, Patil said the government has tried to overcome most of the deficiencies pointed out by MCI last year. MCI’s fresh recommendations for these colleges are expected within a fortnight and the colleges will get time to rectify deficiencies, he said.
Meanwhile, Kalaburagi MP Mallikarjun Kharge said he has written three letters to the Prime Minister and the Labour Minister asking them to let ESIC run the Kalaburagi college or hand it over to AIIMS. He had played a major role in bringing the college to Kalaburagi when he was a union minister.
A team of senior officials of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) led by its Director General Anil Kumar Agarwal met Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil and Labour Minister Parameshwar Naik in Bengaluru a couple of days ago, to work out the modalities for handing over the ESIC Medical College and Post Graduate Centre, Bengaluru, and the Rs. 1600-crore medical education complex in Kalaburagi to the State government.
“The talks remained inconclusive. Some of the issues raised over the recurring expenditure and the completion of the ongoing works in the ESIC Medical College and Post Graduate Centre at Bengaluru and the medical education complex in Kalaburagi had no convincing answers from the ESIC officials. Director General of the ESIC has said that he would come back after consulting the Union Labour Ministry,” said Dr. Patil.
Talking to The Hindu in Kalaburagi on Sunday, Dr. Patil said that during the meeting, ESIC officials submitted a detailed proposal for the transfer of the entire assets. As per the proposal submitted by the ESIC, the future expenditure in both the institutions should be borne by the State government.
Dr. Patil said that the State government did not agree to the proposal that it should bear the expenditure (Rs. 300 crore) of the ongoing works in ESIC Medical College and Research Centre, Bengaluru. There were disagreements on few other issues like bearing the future expenditure and maintenance of the college attached to the teaching hospital.
However, the ESIC officials were firm that the cost of ongoing construction activities in the ESIC Medical Education complex in Kalaburagi would have to be borne by the State government. The approximate cost of the ongoing construction was estimated at Rs. 272 crore and the officials have told he State government that this amount can be paid in three instalments. The ESIC would take the responsibility of completing the construction work within a stipulated time and handover the infrastructure facility to the State government.
Dr. Patil said that the Medical Education Department has been asked to prepare a detailed note with financial implications of the take over.
State agrees ‘in principle’ to take over two ESI medical colleges
The State government has agreed, in-principle, to the proposal of the Centre, to take over two medical colleges being run by the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in Bengaluru and Kalaburagi.
However, the Medical Education Department has sought the concurrence of the Finance Department as the financial implications have to be considered, said Minister of State for Medical Education Sharan Prakash Patil.
He told presspersons here on Wednesday that the ESIC wanted the State to pay infrastructure charges to it for taking over the medical colleges.
While a sum of Rs. 300 crore had to be paid towards the Bengaluru college, Rs. 149 crore has to be paid towards the Kalaburagi one, apart from another Rs. 123 crore for the paramedical college in Kalaburagi.
He also announced that he would seek the nod of the State Cabinet to set up five super-specialty hospitals at a cost of Rs. 150 crore each. The hospitals would come up in Belagavi, Ballari, Hubballi, Kalaburagi and Mysuru in about 18 months after getting government clearance.
He said the government wants to set up cancer centres in Karwar, Belagavi and Raichur, with the help of Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital. Similarly, efforts were on to set up a cardiology unit of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology in Kalaburagi.
Stating that he would be holding a meeting with private medical college representatives on January 20 to discuss the issues related to seat-sharing, he said such issues would get clarity only if the Centre brought about a legislation on seat-sharing, fee structure and a common entrance exam at the national level for all medical colleges.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has come to the rescue of students studying in various medical colleges that come under the Employment State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The Corporation had recently announced that it will be exiting the field of medical education. This will put at stake the educational future of students and job security of the faculty at these institutions across the country.
In a letter written to President Pranab Mukerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Medical Council of India and the Heath Ministry, IMA office-bearer Dr. K. K. Aggarwal noted: “A total of 1,200 undergraduate medical students (MBBS, BDS and nursing) and 200 post-graduate students have commenced their study through the All India Examination [AIPMT] in the ESIC colleges…Also more than 200 faculties were also recruited, now the Corporation’s exit seems to be without considering the fate and future of the students and faculty members,” he added.
The Association has noted that the move has stalled all progress of development like construction, faculty appointment, promotions and opening of new post-graduate programmes. “The fate and future of the students pursuing their studies in these colleges are at stake. Further there is no clarity on what would happen to the more than 200 faculty members,” said Dr. Aggarwal.
Earlier, in accordance with Section 59B, ESIC started the work of opening medical, dental and nursing colleges and massive infrastructure was built for hospitals and colleges through investment of thousands of crores of rupees at different locations in the country.
While colleges at Bangalore (Karnataka), Kolkata, Gulbarga (Karnataka), Delhi were started and are still running, colleges at Faridabad (Haryana), Mandi (Himachal), Paripally (Kerala) and Channai (T.N.) are ready for operation.
“In case these colleges are shut, this will also lead to reduction of 1,000 medical graduation seats, 50 dental seats and about 100 post-graduate seats in the country annually, which is detrimental to the current national health policy of increasing the doctor-patient ratio,” noted IMA in its letter.
Appealing to the Government to direct ESIC to reconsider its move, the IMA has noted: “To initiate handing over all the ESIC-run medical, dental, paramedical and nursing institutions with all its required infrastructure to the Govt. of India/ State governments with the condition that the standard as per MCI/ DCI/ Nursing Council, terms and conditions of the employment of faculty members would remain same as at present and under which they were taken in the aforesaid colleges. All the current educational/ developmental activities must continue till handing over is completed.” Writes to PM, President for intervention
4TH UNIT OF JAYADEVA HOSPITAL TO COME UP AT KALABURAGI
Mysuru, Feb. 9- The fourth unit of Jayadeva hospital will soon come up at Kalaburagi, said Dr. C.N. Manjunath, Director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences & Research.
Speaking to press persons after an inspection of the Jayadeva Hospital in K.R. Hospital premises here on Saturday, Dr. Manjunath said the 75-bedded unit of the hospital will come up at Government Medical College premises in Kalaburagi at a cost of Rs. 15 crore.
The blue print for the building has been prepared and the construction will be taken up in 4 months.
The hospital will meet the demands of people from Hyderabad-Karnataka region, he said and added the hospital will be completed in about 18 months.
Jayadeva Mysuru Unit doctors Dr. Sadanand, Dr. Harsha Basappa, Dr. Panduranga, Dr. Bharathi, Dr. Sishir S. Miraj, Dr. Ranjith, Nursing Superintendent I.V. Lobo and others were present.
Renovated central laboratory inaugurated in Kalaburagi
A state-of-the-art central laboratory set up at Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital attached to Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College was dedicated to the people of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region on Tuesday.
The former president of the Association of Physicians of India S. Muralidhar Rao inaugurated the laboratory and president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Education Society Shashil G. Namoshi was present.
Dr. Rao said that there was a need for establishing an apex laboratory to enable the people to get facilities at their doorstep.
He said that the society should upgrade the central laboratory to an apex laboratory. The central laboratory did not have facilities to perform molecular pathology tests and genetic tests and the equipment required for them should be purchased soon.
Dr. Rao said that private and government hospitals in the region should be allowed to use the facilities available in the central laboratory and the hospital authorities should periodically send the tested samples to other high-end laboratories in the State and outside for testing the accuracy .
Mr. Namoshi said that arrangements had been made for allowing the tests of samples from government and private hospitals in the region. He said that the hospital had applied for accreditation by the National Accreditation of Board for Laboratory Testing and Caliberation. The Medical Council of India had made it mandatory for laboratories to get the accreditation from the board by the end of 2016.
Minister: cancer hospital will be detached from Kidwai institute
Minister of State for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil has said that the upgraded full-fledged cancer hospital in Kalaburagi, which would be operational within six months, would be detached from the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology and attached to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences.
“This is the undertaking given by the State government to the Union government while seeking funds for upgrading the Peripheral Cancer Treatment Centre in Kalaburagi to a full-fledged Cancer Hospital,” Dr. Patil told The Hindu during his visit to the Peripheral Cancer Treatment Centre. The centre is being remodelled to house more departments, an operation theatre and a state-of-the-art high-energy linear accelerator for providing radiotherapy to cancer patients. Dr. Patil took to task the authorities of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of the Oncology, who accompanied the Minister during his visit to the centre, for not taking measures to start the Cobalt Radiation Treatment at the Centre by ensuring the supply of radioactive material. Director of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology K.B. Linge Gowda told the Minister that the delay in supplying radioactive material for the cobalt unit in Kalaburagi was purely due to the non-availability of the specially-designed LED vehicle which is prescribed by the Baba Atomic Research Centre for transporting radioactive material safely.
“There is only one such vehicle in the entire country and due to heavy demand from all over the country, we have to wait for our turn to avail the use of the vehicle,” Dr. Gowda said. The Minister said that for the more than 45 days, the cobalt radiation treatment facility was suspended in the Kalaburgi centre, due to non-availability of radioactive material. He wanted the Director to talk with the concerned officials and supplying the radioactive material within a week.
The Minister said that the government has sanctioned the required staff for starting the surgical, medical oncology and radiotherapy departments.
Jayadeva hospital adopts technology for archiving medical images
Patients visiting the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research (SJICSR) now need not worry about carrying their angiogram CD every time they go for a follow-up.
With the institute adopting PACS (picture archiving and communication system), all medical images, including angiogram, ECG, ECHO, X-ray, CT scan, and nuclear scan, will be archived for precise diagnosis and effective decision-making by doctors. The new system, the first of its kind in the government sector, was launched by Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash R. Patil on Friday.
Institute director C.N. Manjunath said PACS was an evolving healthcare technology for short- and long-term storage, retrieval, management, distribution and presentation of medical images. “The system is linked to 40 workstations in the hospital, including the operation theatres, for doctors to view and decide on the patient’s treatment,” Dr. Manjunath said.
The institute will start a 75-bed facility in Kalaburagi at a cost of Rs. 75 crore. The facility would come up on the premises of the upcoming Kalaburagi Medical College, he said.
Earlier, Governor Vajubhai R. Vala inaugurated a 20-bed deluxe ward block on the 6th floor. The institute will start a 75-bed facility in Kalaburagi at a cost of Rs. 75 crore
The assurance given by Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya that they would re-look into the earlier decision to either hand over the management of the ESIC Medical Education Complex in Kalaburagi to the State government or run it on PPP model has raised hopes that the ESIC may establish dental and other para medical institutes also. — Special Correspondent
ESIC to run medical college in Kalaburagi if govt. does not do so
Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that ESIC would run the ESIC Medical College in Kalaburagi if the State government did not come forward to run it.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday before inspecting the facilities available at the ESIC Medical Education Complex in Kalaburagi, Mr. Dattatreya said that a final decision on starting other colleges and institutes would be taken by this month after his return from Geneva attending the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference scheduled to be held from June 10 to 12.
Mr. Dattatreya said that he would also hold discussions with the State government on the fate of the MoU allowing use of the beds in the Government General Hospital after the decision of the government to establish its own Government Medical College using the available beds in the government general hospital and getting a nod from the MCI to start the admission this year. ESIC Medical College in Kalaburagi is yet to get the MCI nod to start the admission process for the ensuing academic year. The issue has become further complicated with the government deciding to use the government hospital beds for its own government medical college. However, the Minister was confident of overcoming all the hurdles faced by the ESIC Medical College in Kalaburagi.
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