Assam govt hospital starts bypass surgery

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Guwahati, Aug 10 (UNI) Performing highly specialised coronary artery bypass surgery has become a reality in the Assam government-run Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here with the first successful performance of such operation yesterday.

''Two more such cardiac surgeries were performed today, while another will be done tomorrow, as the GMCH entered into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the New Delhi-based Max Healthcare,'' state Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma today said.

Max Hospital was approached after the GMCH failed to get the requisite help from AIIMS and other premier government institutes as they were themselves hard pressed for people and resources, he added. One Bhola Deka (55) was operated upon yesterday, making him the first patient to undergo the bypass surgery in the GMCH, while Labanya Devi (58) and Mahendra Thakuria were operated today.

Elaborating on the PPP model, Dr Sharma said, Max Hospital would be helping in training of the GMCH doctors and para-medical staff.

''The tie-up involves no financial agreement. Only the travel and lodging expenses, along with a nominal remuneration would be handed over to the Max doctors,'' he added.

A team of the doctors from Max Hospital would pay monthly visit to the GMCH for the next five-six months to perform the surgeries as well as to enable the GMCH doctors to have first-hand experience.

A cardiac team led by Max Hospital Chief(Cardio-Thoracic Vascular Surgery) Dr Inderjit Singh Virdi has performed the operations in the first phase.

A team of GMCH doctors Dr D Choudhury, Dr A Raibaruah and Dr S Das were also associated with it, who, though competent and qualified for performing bypass surgery, were out of touch due to lack of practice. A GMCH pass-out, Dr Ritwik Raj Bhuyan, who was now employed by the Max Hospital was also assisting in the surgeries, Dr Sharma said, adding the Assamese doctors practicing outside the state had always associated themselves with new initiatives in the hospital.

He informed that first 100 poor patients would be operated upon free of cost, while those who could afford the expenses would have to shell out Rs 80,000 for a single operation.

The cost of bypass surgery in the AIIMS is around Rs one lakh, while such amount in the private hospitals hover around Rs two lakh.

Referring to the new ventures of the hospital, Dr Sharma said open heart surgery and renal transplant had already been commenced, adding the hospital was aiming at installing liver transplant facilities by 2010.

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