CBRN cen­tre to come up at Stan­ley

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Ser­ena Josephine M.

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.

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