Mangaluru: State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, U T Khader inaugurated the renovated Physiotherapy ward and District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC) by cutting the ribbon at the Government Wenlock Hosptial here, on April 19.
DMO Dr Rajeshwari Devi welcomed the gathering at the formal inaugural function. Minister Khader inaugurated the programme by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries.
Speaking on this occasion, Khader congratulated the Rotary Club for providing the infrastructure at a cost of Rs 25 lakh and said, “The ward is equipped with advanced modern technology and is indeed a model for the nation. New facilities are being introduced at the Wenlock Hospital like 10-bed dialysis unit, DOTS centre for TB patients, dental care in collaboration with AJ Hospital and in the future a 20-bed rehabilitation centre will also come up. But yet, people are afraid to be treated at a government hospital because we have failed to bring awareness to the poor about the facilities and the quality of treatment available in the hospital.”
He said, “If we observe, medical litigation’s are increasing. The doctors and staff should spend more time with the patients and the attenders. A medical degree is secondary, but attachment given to the patients is primary. If the hospital staff show concern towards patients, there will be a revolutionary change and the hospital will function well and patients coming to the hospital will increase.”
He said, “It is necessary to learn the regional language and know the pay perks before applying for a job at a government institution. Once you take up a job and later protest for a salary hike, the patients who believe in our service will suffer. Doctors should also note that patients are not guinea pigs to be trained upon. This is not a leisure centre for the doctors. You (Doctors) should be the voice and strength to the poor people. If we notice such attitude and the staff are not sincere in their duties, then they will be relieved immediately,” Khader warned.
On the future development of the Wenlock Hospital, Khader said, “When the Chief Minister will visit Mangaluru, he will lay the foundation to a new block of Urology and Neurology which will be built at a cost of Rs 15 crore. A 50 bed AYUSH hospital will be built inside the premises, nursing college and a sophisticated burns centre will also come up. An overall facelift will be given to the Wenlock Hospital.”
Mangaluru Rotary Club President Yatish Baikampady, a representative of 2PKM architect and the contractor were felicitated on the occasion. Yatish Baikampady also spoke on the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim, ZP CEO Sreevidya, DHO Dr Ramakrishna Rao and others were also present.