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  • AMCANA donates Rs. 1 crore worth equipment to KGH Posted On - June 09, 2014

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Department of Orthopaedics of King George Hospital on Saturday received Rs. 1 crore worth equipment that could be used in many trauma surgeries and helpful for postgraduate education. The equipment was donated by chairman of Bronx Lebanon Hospital (New York) Ira Kirschenbaum, through the Andhra Medical College Alumni of North America (AMCANA). A representative of AMCANA and a gastroenterologist Sitaramayya Nagula handed over the equipment to Superintendent of KGH G. Shanta Rao. HoD of Orthopaedics B. Udaya Kumar while thanking AMCANA and the donor said KGH was the first Government hospital in the country to have such sophisticated equipment. All fractures could be treated with the equipment a part of which was disposable. “Poor patients in particular would benefit a lot since some of the implants would cost Rs. 30,000,” he said. Every year AMCANA is donating equipment, books, etc. to the KGH and the Andhra Medical College and this year it arranged donation of this equipment. Dr. Sitaramayya also donated 10 stainless steel saline stands, two high-end stretchers, two suction pumps, etc. to the emergency ward of the hospital to provide better emergency service to the patients. AMCANA would concentrate on paediatric and causality ward immediately and take care of other departments in future, he said. Auto-analysers would be donated to the biochemistry department and the hospital soon. He suggested to the alumni of AMC in India also to raise funds on their own. Advanced radiological services would be provided soon in the hospital at a cost of Rs. 10 crores, Dr. Shanta Rao said. A building was coming up on the old mortuary site in which an advanced MRI scan, a CT scan, a colour Doppler machine and a mammography machine would be installed. The facility would be ready in five months. AMCANA provided an ultra-sonography equipment at the casualty and poly-trauma unit followed by a state of the art CT scan. A modern X-ray machine would be made ready within two weeks. A mini diagnostic lab would start functioning in the casualty ward within a month to avoid the trouble of patients and their attendants going out of hospital for tests during night time, he said. KGH had submitted a plan to the government to construct a Rs. 7 crore multi-storied building on the site of old ENT department in which additional beds needed for orthopaedics, paediatrics and other departments, along with a comprehensive intensive care unit, modern operation theatres, rooms for VVIPs, corporate sector and other facilities could be provided. Senior gastroenterologist and liaison between AMC, KGH and AMCANA E. Pedaveerraju thanked Dr. Sitaramayya, Indian doctors working at the New York hospital Sridhar Cherumuri, Rammohan Rao Kairam, Diwakar Reddy, Rajagopal Nandyal and others for sending the Rs. 1 crore equipment to KGH. Senior orthopaedic surgeon S.V. Adinarayana Rao informed that the AMC Old Students Association was donating Rs. 20 lakhs every year to the college and KGH. He wanted the alumni to extend help to the pre-clinical departments and also help in reviving the Maj. Ebden memorial cricket tournament. Vice-Principals K. Venkateswarlu and Kalpana Subrahmanyam also spoke. Senior ophthalmologist A.V.N. Chetty recalled the help extended by Dr. Sitaramayya to the Vebart Trust.
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