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News : Ventilator Helpline Awaits Government Nod
Bengaluru, India, Oct 13, 2015 -- With the city reporting another case of ventilator hunt by the parents of an 18-month-old baby, who fell from the first floor of a building and suffered serious injuries, the proposal to set up a ventilator helpline is back in focus.
In December last year, the city had witnessed the death of two children, who did not who did not get ventilator support during the golden hour.
Although the government had proposed setting up a separate 100-bed block with intensive care units (ICU) and ventilators on the premises of Epidemic Diseases Hospital on Old Madras Road, the proposal was dropped. Subsequently, a proposal to set up a ventilator helpline was mooted.
Asha Benekappa, Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, said the proposal for helpline had been finalised and sent to the government for approval. It would be taken up for discussion on October 23 during the monthly Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) review meeting.
"We have suggested that the helpline be incorporated with the 108 Arogya Kavacha call centre and all 108 ambulances display the availability so that patients can be taken to the nearest centre. Also, the call centre staff can check availability and inform the person who calls asking for a ventilator," she said.
Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash R Patil said his department is keen on establishing the helpline. "We are working on it and the proposal will be finalised and cleared soon," he said.
The Minister said work on an 80-bed trauma care and disaster management centre on the premises of Victoria Hospital had been completed.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2015