Mysore, Sept. 22 (RK&BRS)- A proposal has been prepared and submitted to the government for approval on upgrading the office of the District Surgeon in Tilaknagar here to a diagnostic, training and research centre aimed at controlling the spread of epidemic diseases, which is on the rise now-a-days.

The old Epidemic Diseases Hospital located in the residential area of Tilaknagar, which is in a dismal state, is currently hosting the District Surgeon's office. The office is on a land measuring three acres and due to the dilapidated condition of the original hospital building, the hospital was shifted to the new large building near Metagalli on KRS Road some years ago.

Trauma Centre

It had been planned to set up a Trauma Centre at the new facility for treating those injured in accidents round-the-clock. However, due to absence of basic infrastructure, the proposal had been dropped at government level.

An expert team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and World Health Organisation has inspected the place in the backdrop of the proposal to convert the District Surgeon's office into Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases Diagnostic, Training and Research Centre.

The team including Deans from Universities in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Korea and other places, has obtained necessary information and details. It has also submitted its report relating to creating of basic facilities for the new proposed facility, Dr. G.M. Vamadeva, District Surgeon, told Star of Mysore.

Diagnostic lab

The proposal for setting up the upgraded facility including regional diagnostic laboratory to detect communicable and non-communicable diseases has also been prepared and submitted.

The experts team has mentioned in its report that the proposed laboratory will be helpful in rendering quality and effective medical treatment in cases of diabetes, stroke, hypertension, asthma and others when they reach serious condition.

A survey has already been carried at Department of Microbiology by Mysore Medical College and Research Institute following which suggestions have been made on the basic infrastructure needed for the 24x7 laboratory. In short, a detailed proposal on setting up a well-equipped epidemic diseases diagnostic, training and research centre has been submitted by the district administration to the State Government and its green signal is expected shortly.

Upgrading the hospital

Another proposal on upgrading the 50-bedded Epidemic Diseases Hospital in Metagalli to a 250-bed Hospital has been submitted to the government.

In the land measuring 13.1 hectares, 26,000 sft has been used for the hospital and it has been proposed to utilise the available area for expanding the bed capacity of the hospital.

Cholera, diarrhoea, diptheria, Chikungunya, measles, tetanus, rabies and other epidemic diseases are intended to be covered in the programme of the proposed Centre.

E.V. Raman Reddy, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, visited the Epidemic Diseases hospital last Friday and took stock of the conditions there.

The Deputy Commissioner and doctors at the hospital impressed upon the visiting Principal Secretary the need for PCR laboratory, dark room, ventilator and other facilities at the proposed laboratory.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore