Khammam: The District Hospital in Khammam has witnessed transformation in the past seven years and has become a lifeline for patients from different districts.
Patients from across Khammam, Kothagudem, Suryapet, Mahabubabad districts and from Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh visit the hospital for treatment. Before 2014, around 800 out-patients and 84 in-patients used to be treated at the hospital on an average per day. The numbers have almost doubled now with about 1,500 out-patients 150 in-patients being treated daily.
To meet the needs of the increasing number of patients, the hospital’s bed capacity has been increased to 550 from 200 beds in the past. A Maternal and Child Health (MCH) wing was set up at an expenditure of Rs 3.50 crore to offer specialised health services to pregnant women and newborn babies.
Nearly 600 pregnant women and newborn babies are being treated at MCH while as many as 700 child deliveries take place in a month. Last year, around 7,132 KCR Kits were distributed, officials told Telangana Today.
Till 2015, there were no oxygen beds in the hospital. With the initiative of Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar, the District Hospital is now equipped with 300 oxygen bed, which helped the authorities offer quality health service to patients during Covid-19 pandemic.
Similarly, to meet the increasing need for oxygen for Covid patients, a liquid oxygen plant with 13 KL capacity was installed at a cost of Rs 90 lakh and 35 oxygen concentrators are also available for patients.
Incidentally, Khammam District Hospital is the first hospital in the State to set up a special Covid ward for children with 40 beds in view of the reports that Covid third wave may affect the children.
“The transformation of the District Hospital has become possible as the State government is giving impetus to improve medical infrastructure at public health facilities” Minister Ajay Kumar told Telangana Today.
As many as 68 doctors, 159 nursing staff, 37 paramedical, six Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), 17 blood bank and 14 palliative care staff are providing round the clock services in specialised cardiology, nephrology, gynaecology, ENT, orthopedic and other units.
With the State government deciding to provide cost-effective diagnostic services to patients, Telangana Diagnostic Centre was established at the hospital at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore besides installing an ultra-modern CT Scan machine at a cost of Rs 2.15 crore. So far, Rs 2.78 crore worth medical tests have been conducted free of cost for patients.
The District Hospital played a crucial role in providing better health care to Covid patients with a 320 beds isolation ward where 3546 patients on oxygen beds and 900 patients on ventilators were treated. In all the hospital treated 25, 157 Covid patients.
The District Hospital which secured Kayakalp Award three times in the past, has got feather in its cap as it has been adjudged as top performing district hospitals in the country in a performance assessment report released on Sep 30 by NITI Aayog, Union government’s public policy think tank.
The hospital is the second best health facility in the country for providing all diagnostic testing services under one roof to patients with its Telangana Diagnostics Centre. The hospital also did well for each Key performance indicator (KPI) such as number of doctors in position to Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS), support services, core healthcare services and bed occupancy rate at State level and at national level.
“The NITI Aayog’s assessment report endorses the State government’s efforts towards creating an inclusive health care system for the benefit of people” Ajay Kumar said, and congratulated the district and health officials for the achievement.
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