A catheterisation laboratory would soon be inaugurated by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) at its Kamala Nehru Hospital. While no other hospital under PMC is currently equipped with a cath lab, the Kamala Nehru Hospital will be the first such hospital to offer high end cardiac care treatments.
Procedures like angiography, angioplasty, coronary stenting, closure of some congenital heart defect would be carried out in the lab at a highly subsisted rate. The lab will provide specialised service for diagnostic and interventional procedures in cardiology and in treatments of coronary artery and peripheral vascular (pertaining to blood) disease.
A cath lab is an examination room with diagnostic imaging equipment for visualising the arteries of the heart and the chambers of the heart. The lab will include procedure rooms, a 35-bed cardiac ward, a special cardiac ICU and a special cardiac ambulance.
Dr Rahul Gagare, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said, “Currently we are sending patients to Sassoon hospital. But with the new facility we will be able to treat cardiac patient in our hospital. Also, now since we will have cath lab we can treat any serious injury as we will be having high end ICU back up now. Before when we did not have a cath lab were restricted to admit clear cases with no cardiac anomaly.”
Kamala Nehru Hospital gets around 100 cardiac patients every day in their OPD. Similarly, there are 55 other dispensaries under PMC which offers basic cardiac treatment. All the critical cases are referred to Sassoon hospital. The doctors from Sassoon had informed about the overburdened cardiac unit at Sassoon hospital and welcomed the initiative by the local body to set up a new cath lab.
Dr Sanjeev Wavare, Assistant Medical Officer of Health PMC, said, “We have not finalised the rates for different treatments yet. We are setting up the machinery and the facility will be made operational in a month. When the number of patients affected with non-communicable diseases is increasing it is our priority to set up such units with high end facility. The project will be run under public-private partnership mode.”
Dr Siddharth Gadage, Paediatric Cardiologist who is honorary consultant at Sassoon Hospital, Sahyadri Hospital, and Ruby Hospital, said, “It is a very positive initiative that they are starting with tertiary health care. They should emulate Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which provides high end cath lab service in four municipal hospitals since the past few years. When it comes to giving cardiac related treatments in private hospitals to economically poor people, there are schemes like Rajeev Gandhi Jivandayi Yojana. But, there are many compromises made in implementing it at private hospitals. Therefore it is needed for the government to give such high end services.”