Shimla: The Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital got a shot in arm today when Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal dedicated new facilities at the hospital.
Dhumal dedicated the state of the art 64 slice MDCT machine, the first of its kind in South East Asia, installed at a cost of Rs. 6.56 crore.
Speaking at the occasion Dhumal said that the new machine was capable of scanning the complete human body within ten seconds and 30 CT scans of the patients would be possible every day. He said that radiation exposure would be considerably low as compared to existing old machine.
He said the facility of angiography, bronchography, enterography and colonography etc. would be possible with the new set up.
He said the new machine was capable of doing triple rule out scan to visualize the coronary arteries, pulmonary arteries and aorta with single injection to the patient with acute chest pain while in stoke patients, brain perfusion study could be done in one setting to assess the salvageable parts of brain.
He said the machine had 3D reconstruction of the scan facility to provide better visualization of the body parts which was an added feature of the machine.
Dhumal also dedicated the Telecobalt Unit installed at a cost of Rs. 3.40 crore at the hospital.
He said the Telecobalt Unit in the cancer hospital was a cost effective radiotherapy machine with minimum running cost and maintenance.
The machine was capable of treating 120 to 130 patients daily compared to 60 to 65 daily earlier thereby exhausting the waiting list of patients.
Prof. Dhumal also inaugurated the first eye bank in IGMC in collaboration with eye bank of Government Medical College Chandigarh, established at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh
Dhumal said opening of eye bank was a long pending demand of the people of the state and henceforth eye donation, processing, preservation and transplantation of cornea facilities would be available in the bank.
He also inaugurated the first nursing college in the government sector in the state named as sister Nivedita Government Nursing College, in IGMC where B.Sc. nursing course admissions would be started from October this year followed by M.Sc. nursing from next academic session.
The Chief Minister reiterated the resolve of the government to create state of the art medical facilities within Himachal Pradesh so that they do not have to go outside for availing such facilities.