CBRN centre to come up at Stanley
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has identified the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital for establishing a centre to treat people exposed to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards.
It will serve as a tertiarylevel medical care management centre and is likely to be a 50-bed facility.
S. Ponnambala Namasivayam, Dean of the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, said, “We have identified and allotted two acres of land near the super speciality block for establishing the centre. The construction is likely to start soon. The work is executed by the Centre.”
According to a Union Health Ministry report on its website, a major component of ‘Health Sector Disaster Preparedness and Response’, a Central sector scheme, is to ‘build capacities to manage medical aspects of disasters, including those from CBRN disasters’.
A pact was signed with the Government of Tamil Nadu to develop a tertiary care CBRN medical management centre. HLL Infra Tech Services Limited was selected as the consulting agency to develop the detailed project report, it said.
A team of officials from the Union Health Ministry, including Roshini Arthur, senior regional director, Regional Officer of Health and Family Welfare (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry), and Mukesh Bajpai, senior architect of the ministry, visited the hospital on Friday, Dr. Namasivayam said.
“The Ministry has said that 50% of the beds in the centre should be kept vacant at all time to cater to such patients, while the remaining can be utilised for routine in-patients,” he added.