Udupi:Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Pramod Madhavraj, announced the setting of a medical college in Udupi. He said that he had submitted a proposal for the same to the government. He also spoke of medicines being provided at generic prices to the common man. The Minister also inaugurated an e-hospital system where complete details of patients are documented online.
Speaking to reporters at a function he said“I have exerted pressure on chief minister to set up a government medical college in Udupi after submitting a proposal. About 20 acres of land will be required for setting up the college. About 25 acres of land belonging to Brahmavar Sugar Factory can be used for the purpose. I am hopeful that Udupi district will get a medical college,” he told the Deccan Herald.
He also spoke of the up gradation of Udupi Government Hospital to a district hospital. He said the up gradation had automatically led to an increase in the staff strength. . As a taluk hospital, the sanctioned strength of staff was 123. Now, it has risen to 195. A total of 27 doctors have been sanctioned. Among them, 26 are working. The number of nurses in the hospital has been increased to 16 to 50. He also informed that the recruitment which had not been opened for the last 8 years had begun now.
District Surgeon, Dr Madhusoodan Nayak said from a 124-bedded hospital, the up gradation, had led to it becoming a 250 bedded healthcare facility.
Speaking about paramedics, DHO Dr K Rohini said despite the National Rural Health Mission not having been regularized, the staff was given EPF and ESI facilities.
Janasanjeevini Medical Center, a generic drug center, was inaugurated on Monday at the Udupi District Hospital. The center will supply affordably priced medicines.The medicines at the store will be available at prices 90 % below the market price, said Minister Madhwaraj
Minister Madhwaraj said generic medicines would be available in the store at prices 90% below the market price. Branded medicines would be available at prices 10% below the market price at the medical center, he further added.
Quality medicines are supplied at generic drug store and the people should not heed to any rumours on the generic medicines, Mr. Madhwaraj added.
Rs 20 lakh has been released towards the purchase of medicines at the district hospital.Generic drug stores have been opened at 39 places in Karnataka and are maintained by HLL Life Care Limited, the minister added.
The inaugurated e-hospital system by the minister on this occasion carries complete patient details online.
Aadhaar number or mobile phone number provided to the hospital by the patient is to be used to store patient data, including his medical history. The number would also help the patient or doctor to access his file containing the medical record, at any government hospital, located in the district.