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Healthcare upgrade with better facilities

The New Year promises to be a healthy one with hospitals gearing up to provide a range of new services and treatment.

Paras HMRI Hospital would provide treatment for arrhythmia (a problem in which heart beats become irregular) from January by installing an electrical physiology lab. The lab would help carry out electrophysiological testing, an invasive, relatively painless, non-surgical test to help determine the type of arrhythmia.

Dr Pramod Kumar, head of the hospital’s cardiology department, said: “We were to start arrhythmia treatment in December but it would now start in January.” The hospital would also install an oncology laboratory soon for specialised cancer treatments.

The plastic surgery department of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) plans to start laser treatment in January. “We installed a high-end laser machine this month. We’ll get one more next month and then start laser treatment. We can carry out laser skin resurfacing treatment, whereby damaged layers of skins are removed. It helps improve skin texture and tighten it. It can also remove tattoos and unwanted hair,” said Dr V.P. Choudhary, head of plastic surgery, PMCH. They would also start hair transplant soon. Poor patients can avail these at subsidised rates, he said.

Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) superintendent Shiv Kumari Prasad said: “Health department provided us an auto analyser machine worth Rs 56 lakh this month. It would be put to use from next month. The machine can simultaneously conduct 30 pathological tests.”

Mahavir Cancer Sansthan is to procure a positron emission tomography (PET) scan machine — for diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart, lung and liver-related ailments — in three months. “Chief minister Nitish Kumar promised to provide Rs 13 crore for this. The machine can detect which organ has been affected and to what extent and if medication is effective. It also helps in heart, lung and liver cases,” said Dr J.K. Singh, director, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan.