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Super-speciality cure outside city

Calcutta, Sept 10: In its bid to reduce the rush of patients from the districts to referral hospitals in Calcutta, the government today said it would open three super-speciality wings — nephrology, cardiology and neurology — at the teaching hospitals in Burdwan, Bankura and north Bengal.

Health secretary Asim Barman said at Writers’ Buildings today that posts of 40 doctor-teachers and 80 nurses have been created for the purpose. There would be 10 professors, 10 associate professors and 10 assistant professors. There will also be 10 resident medical officers covering all the three disciplines.

However, the super-speciality wings will only provide medicinal help and no surgery would be performed.

“There are no nephrology, cardiology and neurology faculties at the three medical colleges. Their introduction will help stop the rush of patients to the city’s referral hospitals,” Barman said.

At Burdwan and Bankura, two new buildings will be constructed with funds from the World Bank’s Rs 701-crore project to develop hospitals in the districts. The North Bengal Development Council will provide Rs 1 crore for a building at the medical college and hospital in Siliguri.

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