The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 7 , 2014
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Pathology lab debut with haemoglobin test

- Public-private partnership mode in AIIMS to offer clinical exams at prices lower than CGHS rates

AIIMS-Patna conducted a haemoglobin test on Monday to add the key facility of pathology lab to the hospital services.

After inaugurating the laboratory, AIIMS-Patna director G.K. Singh said: “At least 127 clinical investigations are possible in our lab, which has got accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories. It also got the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research certification implying that clinical investigations done here would be highly accurate. People here would have to shell out 27 per cent less amount than what they pay in hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) for availing the tests.” (See chart)

The pathology lab has been started in public-private- partnership mode with Delhi-based Dr Khanna Pathcare Lab Pvt. Ltd rendering its services here.

On the first day, around 50 pathological tests were done at AIIMS-Patna.

Sources said the outpatient department (OPD) of AIIMS-Patna was running without pathological investigations. Patients, asked to do some tests, had to go to nearby private hospitals or diagnostic labs.

The sources said starting of the pathology services is an achievement of AIIMS-Patna as it was mired into controversy since its inception because of sluggish pace of construction work at the hospital. Though the OPD was started last year it is still functioning from the Ayush building, as the dedicated block meant for the services is not ready yet.

Besides clinics like immunisation, breast, epilepsy and diabetes among others, doctors at the premier health hub conducted the first surgery recently. Director Singh added that the CT scan and MRI machines would reach the hospital within three-four months.

Singh said the six-bed ICU had also been started at the hospital. “At present, we have one operating theatre but by the end of this month, we would have three more. We have also started the process of procuring 200 beds for starting our indoor services,” said Singh.

The sources said AIIMS-Patna planned the inauguration of the indoor services this month only but it has been put off. According to the plan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to come for the formal inauguration of the indoor services in January.

Director Singh had also announced about this during the inauguration of the second batch of the MBBS.