December 2011

Medical college organizes utsav

The Mysore Medical College Alumni Association will conduct its annual 'MAA UTSAV 2011' at its Platinum Jubilee auditorium, JK Ground on December 10 and 11.

About 9,000 students who have passed out of the institution since it was started about a century ago, are expected participate in the event. The annual get-together will felicitate 20 senior doctors of the 1953 batch for their service to the community.

The event will be inaugurated by senior surgeon Dr TC Chandrashekar, vice-dean, Bangalore Medical College, at MMC Platinum Jubilee Auditorium on December 10 at 5pm. Annual general body meeting and elections and valedictory function will be held on December 11.

Dec 10: MAA oration will be presented by Dr R Nagarathna, dean, Yoga and Life Sciences, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) University on 'Yoga in disease and health.' Dr Mahesh Bijawara, consultant spine surgeon, will speak on 'Complex spinal deformities-surgical approach.' Dr S Radhesh, chief of radiology, Clumax Diagnostics will speak on 'MRI guided 'HI FU' in the treatment of uterine fibroids.' Dr MS Vishweshwara, chief radiation oncologist, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology, Mysore, will speak on 'Three decades of Radiation Therapy from deep X-ray to IMRT.'Dr GR Prashanth, consultant, department of nuclear medicine and PET CT, Bangalore Institute of Oncology, will speak on 'PET CT- An Introduction.'

Dec 11: Dr Thimappa Hegde, director and consultant neurosurgeon, Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Neurosciences, Bangalore, will speak on 'Is there any meaning for suffering.' and Dr CG Narasimhan will present President's oration on 'Intra abdominal infections.'

High-tech paediatric ICU for Cheluvamba hospital soon

With the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) picking up fast, the State Government is learnt to be funding crores of rupees for schemes covering children.

Preparations are said to be underway to establish a hi-tech 20-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Cheluvambha Hospital here. In that context Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) Dean and Director Dr. Geetha K. Avadhani and Cheluvamba Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. B. Kri-shnamurthy had reportedly submitted a proposal to NRHM Director S. Selvakumar.

Pregnant women from the neighbouring Kodagu, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagar districts too visit Cheluvamba Hospital for deliveries. Realising the necessity, Selvakumar is learnt to have agreed to provide funds for establishing Paediatric ICU. On his recent visit to the city, Selvakumar was said to have inspected Cheluvamba Hospital and had discussions with Dr. Geetha Avadhani and Dr. Krishnamurthy. He was learnt to have okayed a funding of Rs. 1 crore for establishing Paediatric ICU with incubators, infusion pumps, ventilators and other auxiliary equipments.

Right now a small ICU has been operational for children at the hospital but only with a bare minimum infrastructure, it is learnt.

Govt mulling on building a 1500 bed multi-speciality hospital in city

The Government, upon realising the need for having a multi-speciality hospital to cater to the needs of poor patients, is mulling on establishing one such hospital having all facilities in PKTB Sanitarium pre-mises here on KRS Road.

The Maharajas of Mysore, with an objective of providing health care to all including the poorest of the poor, set up the K.R. Hospital in the city in 1924.

The hospital, which began as a 1100-bed hospital, gradually gained popularity, with its name and fame extending to surrounding districts of Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Hassan.

As years passed by and with the increasing population, the number of patients visiting the K.R. Hospital increased multifold. With the drastic increase in the number of patients, the K.R. Hospital's Casualty, OPD, Emerge-ncy and Inpatient Departments found it difficult to treat the patients due to lack of facilities, coupled with shortage of beds.

The same is the case with Cheluvamba and Children's Hospital in the campus and PKTB Sanitarium on KRS Road.

Realising the need for easing the pressure on K.R. Hospital, MMC&RI Director Dr. Geetha Avadhani sent a proposal to the government in April 2010, seeking establishment of a 1,500-bed capacity multi-speciality hospital at the large vacant place in PKTB Sanitarium.

Responding to the proposal, the then CM B.S. Yeddyurappa, in a progress review meeting at the DC Office, had discussed the matter with the officials and even directed MMC&RI Director to get a blue print of the project prepared by the chief architect of the PWD and submit the same to the government.

Now, the authorities have again placed this proposal before the government. The city will realise the dream of having another hitech hospital if the District in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, who also holds the Medical Education portfolio, takes interest in the proposal and pushes forward the case before the government.