December 2007

HEALTH CAMP FOR SCHOOL KIDS BEGINS IN DISTRICT

A three-day mega health check-up programme for children of Government schools in the district began today.N.S. Chennappagowda, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the programme under the Suvarna Karnataka Arogya Chaitanya project of the State Government, at Maharani's New Type Middle School on Narayana Shastri Road.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner remarked that as it was hard to complete the task of health check-up of all the school children of the district in one location, the programme was spread out to the different schools of the district.

M.K. Kempagowda, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, disclosed that more than 7,350 children of Government schools in the district would be covered in the programme. Doctors and staff of JSS Hospital are conducting the check-up. Dr. Shanthamallappa, Head of JSS Hospital, Dr. V. Raju of the same hospital, Zilla Panchayat Health and Education Sub-Committee Chairperson Gowramma Somashekhar, Corporator Shankarappa, former Mayor M.S. Raju, former Corporator D. Nagabhushana and others were present. Block Education Officer, South Zone, Mysore is overseeing the event.

K.R. HOSPITAL ENTERS TELEMEDICINE ERA

* L&T donates equipment
* Hospital linked to NIMHANS

A telemedicine facility was launched at K.R. Hospital here this morning with equipment comprising computer, webcamera and internet connectivity provided free of cost by Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
With this, the K.R. Hospital became the first Government hospital in city to have the facility.
The facility, for direct contact with National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, to treat patients at K.R. Hospital based on consultations with specialists at NIMHANS was inaugurated by Dr. D. Nagaraj, Director of NIMHANS. The project was made possible by the efforts of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI).
Rohit Mehta, General Manager and Head of Medical Equipments and Systems, L&T, was the chief guest. Dr. D. Venkatesh, Dean and Director, MMC &RI presided. Dr. K. Geetha Avadhani, Medical Superintendent, K.R. Hospital, Dr. M.A. Shekhar, Co-ordinator for Tele-medicine and Professor of Medicine, MMC&RI, and other doctors were present.
Speaking to the media earlier in Pathrakarthara Bhavan, Dr. Nagaraj explained that the facility can be used not only for treating patients at the hospital but also teaching graduate and post-graduate students at MMC&RI in the subjects of NIM-HANS' specialisation. Neuroradiology would be covered at present and other specialisations would be added in the project at a later date, he said.
Equipment for a similar facility was also provided by L&T to NIMHANS, he recalled. The telemedicine facility created at K.R. Hospital for the first time in the city would be operative from today itself, he disclosed.

AIDS AWARENESS WEEK AT KAMAKSHI

Under the auspices of Kamakshi School of Nursing, Kamakshi Hospital, BSMS Trust is organising an AIDS Awareness Week and Exhibition at the hospital from today upto Dec. 8.
M. Vinod Rao, Managing Trustee, BSMS Trust, inaugurated. Lilly Sarojini, Principal, Kamakshi School of Nursing presided. Dr. K.R. Kamath, Administrator, Kamakshi Hospital was the guest of honour. Dr. Nataraj, Medical Officer, Sagarakatte Primary Health Centre, was a special invitee.
Dr. Umesh Kamath, Medical Superintendent, Kamakshi Hospital, Dr. C.D.S. Murthy, Dr. J.S. Hegde and Dr. Srinivas were present.

Dr. Nataraj in his speech said that there are 2.7 million HIV patients in India and one lakh in Karnataka. In the order of number of HIV patients, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu rank high and Karnataka is in the third place. Now-a-days there are more victims in rural areas, most of them truck drivers, in the age group of 18-25. The disease is not originated from rural area but has spread from urban areas. More awareness is required in rural areas side by side with urban areas, he opined.

Dr. Umesh Kamath, who spoke, said that AIDS is a social problem. If awareness is not created, more people will become victims. If timely treatment is given, further aggravation can be avoided, he felt.

Dr. K.R. Kamath spoke on control and prevention of the disease. The exhibition enlightens visitors about the way the disease spreads and how it can be prevented.

PLANS TO UPGRADE K.R. HOSPITAL WITH PRIVATE PARTICIPATION

The concerned doctors of K.R. Hospital are contemplating to provide basic amenities in the hospital with the help from private philanthrophists.

The doctors are learnt to have taken this decision because the hospital is not getting enough grants from the Government to provide basic amenities for the patients.
Philanthropists

The doctors are said to be contemplating to invite philanthropists to donate ambulance, ventilators, dialysis machines, x-ray and scanning machines, generators, air-conditioners, lenses needed for eyes, life saving medicines, equipment for diabetic and high blood pressure patients and other necessary items needed in the hospital.

It is being contemplated to contact the alumni of Mysore Medical College and Government Ayurvedic College who are serving in foreign countries to request them to provide the needed equipment to K.R. Hospital.

The doctors are also considering to approach religious institutions for help and also software companies.The doctors have come to this decision unable to bear loss of lives of patients in the hospital due to lack of life saving drugs and equipment apart from shortage of expert doctors and other staff.

The final decision will be taken after a meeting of Heads of all Departments in the hospital, including Mysore Medical College Dean Dr. D. Venkatesh and K.R. Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani, it is learnt.

The proposal to grant adequate funds to the hospital will also be submitted to the Government.
The Casualty Department, operation theatres, ICU, blood bank, burns ward and laboratories in the hospital needs upgradation immediately.