Berhampur, August 3 (LocalWire): The child patients in need of critical care in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal district may not need to be shifted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital anymore.
To deal with the intensive care needs of children in the district, the government has now set up an advanced pediatric care unit (PICU) at the district headquarter hospital at Phulbani.
Kandhamal, the only district in the state was getting such facilities after the three-government run medical colleges at Berhampur, Cuttack, and Bural and Capital Hospital at Bhubaneswar, sources said.
The six-bed PICU was inaugurated by the Kandhamal chief district medical officer (CDMO) Sameer Das here.
The hospital is equipped with advanced equipment along with the emergency triage assessment and treatment (ETAT) unit that plays an important role in the emergency ward for child patients.
“This will help reduce the infant mortality rate (IMR) in the district,” Das said, adding that patients from nearby districts like Boudh would also benefit from this childcare facility.
According to the Reproductive and Child Health deputy manager at the hospital Asis Kumar Mohanty, each bed of the PICU is attached with a ventilator, supply of oxygen and other necessary equipments since kids who are admitted at this stage usually face severe breathing problems due to asthma, serious infections, certain heart condition, complications of diabetes, and those involved in serious accident or near-drowning.
“Complex technology and equipment, particularly mechanical ventilators and patient monitoring systems, are required to deal with such conditions of the child,” he said.