Patna: A renal transplant facility would be made available at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) by August.
PMCH superintendent Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said: “Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL), a wing of the health department, has created the entire necessary infrastructure to start the unit. We have also concluded technical collaborations to start the facility. By August, we will have the renal transplant facility at PMCH.”
According to PMCH renal transplant surgeon Dr Ashok Singh, the first transplant would most probably be conducted in August.
“A separate operation theatre and ICU has been set up at Rajendra Surgical Block for the time being,” said Dr Singh, adding that once the superspeciality building is complete, the renal transplant unit would be shifted there.
The unit will have an operation theatre (OT) and ICU with six beds. The cost for the OT alone will be nearly Rs 4 crore. The ICU beds will be in cubicles to save the patients from developing infection. Two beds in the ICU will also have dialysis facility. “Once the patient undergoes renal transplant, we will keep him there for three weeks. We have plans to conduct cadaver transplant in the future,” he said.
Earlier, the health department had cleared PMCH’s proposal for setting up the unit at a cost of Rs 9.2 crore. On May 29, the Bihar government had sanctioned a proposal to start kidney transplant facility at PMCH and create 88 new posts in the departments concerned. These 88 new posts would be created at the transplant and nephrology department of PMCH at various levels.
An emergency unit of 100 beds would also be started at PMCH from the next month.
“There are 100 beds in the hospital’s emergency but the hospital is always overburdened with patients as around 300 to 400 patients can be found in the emergency wing on any day. The addition of 100 more beds will definitely help,” said PMCH superintendent Dr Prasad.
Courtesy: The Telegraph