Shimla to have a trauma centre
The Himachal government is all set to enter into a joint venture for the setting up of a trauma centre here in the state capital with Indus Hospital.
The Health and Family Welfare Department has received recommendation from the team of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) who had visited the Indus Hospital to ascertain its suitability for setting up of a trauma centre.
The team has given its go ahead for the project, finding the site suitable.
Dr Balak Ram Verma, a cardio-thoracic surgeon who worked in the USA for several years and later set up Indus Hospital, here today held detailed talks with Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary, Health.
“Most of the modalities of the partnership have been worked out and once the approval from the finance and other concerned departments is obtained, the matter will be placed before the cabinet,” confirmed Chawdhry.
Chawdhry said it would not take too long to start the trauma centre at Indus Hospital, located close to St Bede’s College as most of the infrastructure was already there and only staff would have to be deputed and trained.
The Union Health Ministry has approved setting up of five trauma centres in the state. These are to be set up at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda in Kangra, Palampur, Mandi, Hamiprur and Rampur. The Union Health Ministry will provide a sum of Rs 8.50 crore for each trauma centre. Since there is no space for setting it up at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), it has been decided to set it up jointly with Indus Hospital.
In fact, the members of the State Health Commission, who were here for a meeting some time back, also visited the site and gave the go-ahead for the setting up of a trauma centre at this site. The trial run of the 108 ambulances have also been undertaken to ensure that approaching the site is not a problem.
The Indus Hospital, a 90-bed self supporting, no-profit no-loss hospital was set up in 1993 by Dr Verma and his paediatrician wife Dr Indu Verma, who worked in the USA for several years.
The couple who built the hospital out of their personal savings while working in the US continue to render services free of cost. The hospital has MRI and CT scan facilities, private and deluxe special wards and the latest laboratory testing facilities. The hospital is governed by Indus Medical Foundation registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.