The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital will soon be upgrading the facilities at the laboratories, with the Tamil Nadu State Health Society sanctioning Rs 828.63 lakh for the same.
With the funds, the hospital will soon be procuring equipment for diagnosis, worth Rs 8.065 crore, and kits worth Rs 81 lakh for four departments.
About Rs179 crore worth of equipment will be procured for the Microbiology department. This will include an automated blood culture system for identification of bacteria and antibiotic sensitivity system. The system, which costs about Rs 37 lakh, will hopefully reduce turnaround time, thereby reducing the patient’s stay in the hospital.
Other equipment include a diagnosis and testing instrument to check Rifampici resistance for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and a trinocular fluorescent microscope for rapid diagnosis of various pathogens.
The biochemistry lab will be getting integrated systems of analysers and data management solutions at a cost of Rs 2.9 crore.
About Rs 91 lakh worth of equipment and kits will be procured for the Rheumatology department which includes an Elisa reader and washer for detection for anti-nuclear antibody detection. Intra operative diagnosis, automated stainer, fluorescent microcope and a five-part hematology analyser will all be procured for the pathology lab at a cost of Rs 1.06 crore.
Rs 44 lakh for immunosuppresents
A sum of Rs 44 lakh has been allotted for the RGGGH by the State government to distribute immuno-suppresents free of cost to patients who have undergone kidney transplants. A total of Rs 74.10 lakh has been allotted for the purpose, to 10 government hospitals in the State.