NICU next target
A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was also inaugurated with the trauma unit. NICU is an intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. Due to some technical reasons, the NICU has been closed from the last five years. Warranty of machineries purchased for the unit for superspeciality services is over now. Government will have to take a regular follow-up for starting this unit also.
In a relief to patients from Marathwada, the Trauma Care Centre at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), which had been non-functional for the last five years, has begun functioning on Saturday.
Lokmat Times had highlighted that patients were suffering due to the closure of the trauma care centre. Taking a note, the GMCH administration decided to make the centre functional again. Removing all hurdles, the Centre was started today.
Accident patients are often brought directly to the GMCH, the biggest government hospital in Marathwada. Many of them, who suffer head or other serious injuries, need trauma care unit. School education minister Rajendra Darda had made efforts to ensure that such a centre is started at the GMCH for patients who could not afford the expenses of private hospitals. The Advanced Trauma Care Unit was established for which Darda brought sufficient funds and later it was inaugurated on August 17, 2009.
The 12-bed unit has separate doctors, paramedical staff. Meanwhile, the central oxygen system required for this unit has also been set up. However, few days ago, pipes of oxygen system were stolen. Now, all the system has been re-installed and at last the much awaited trauma care unit has been opened once again. Six patients of head injuries were admitted to this unit, on the very first day.
Better treatment expected
Trauma care unit construction work was completed in May 2009 by spending around Rs 39 lakh. A turnkey project of Rs 1.71 crore was implemented in this department. A separate surgical cum trauma ICU was set up. Machineries at the unit are more advanced than any other private hospitals. After the start of this unit, one can hope better treatment to the poor patients.