| The obstetrics and gynaecology department at SCB in Cuttack. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Aug. 19: Efforts have begun to upgrade the obstetrics and gynaecology department of SCB Medical College and Hospital, keeping in view the rise in the number of institutional deliveries in the state.
The SCB gynaecology department will soon have a high-dependency unit, which would aim to reduce maternal mortality by providing emergency treatment to critical patients.
The unit will have five special beds and a special apparatus for the critically ill patients. It will also have respirators instead of ventilators, trained doctors, anaesthetists and other staff members to provide emergency treatment.
At present, patients developing post-delivery complications are shifted to the central intensive care unit located outside the SCB gynaecology department.
The high-dependency unit would be crucial as patients could be provided with life-saving treatment, said an official of the hospital.
Sources said a detailed plan regarding expansion and upgrade of existing facilities at the obstetrics and gynaecology department had been submitted to the state government in March and the plan was approved recently.
“The state government has taken steps to upgrade the labour room and operation theatre, which will have state-of-the-art equipment worth Rs 2.5 crore. The work is likely to begin shortly,” said head of the SCB gynaecology department Shyama Kanungo.
Another SCB official said there had been a considerable rise in the number of patients’ turnout at the department from different parts of the state.
About 30 deliveries are conducted at the department, which has lately been facing problems because of overloading of patients. More than 20,000 patients are admitted to the department every year.