The state government plans to establish a genetics laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram for prenatal diagnosis of health problems in children. This will be the first one in the state and will be established at the Child Development Centre (CDC), Health Minister V S Sivakumar informed the Assembly on Monday.
The government has earmarked Rs 3.80 crore for the lab, he said in reply to questions. The government also proposed to establish IVF treatment units in five medical colleges in the state, the Minister said.
In February 2013, the state government had launched a screening programme for detection of genetics-related diseases in children, the Minister said. These tests are being conducted in 44 selected government hospitals, including five medical colleges.
New Dialysis Units in Four Hospitals
Four hospitals in the district will get new dialysis units under the Karunya Dialysis Centre scheme, Finance Minister K M Mani informed the Assembly.
The hospitals are: Taluk Headquarters Hospital, Chirayinkeezhu; District Hospital, Neyyattinkara; District Hospital, Nedumangad and Fort Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, the Minister said in a written reply.
Steps will be taken to provide a dialysis unit at the Valiyakunnu Hospital in Attingal if the facilities are available and the hospital is cleared by the state-level committee, the Minister said.
Taluk hospitals can apply for the Karunya scheme through the District Medical Officers concerned if the facilities - building, doctor and other staff - are available. The state-level committee also has to clear the application.