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Are hospitals Games ready?

“We are prepared,” said Dr N.K. Chaturvedi, medical superintendent at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), a day after Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia designated it as one of the tertiary care hospitals for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.

delhi Updated: Oct 10, 2009 23:39 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

“We are prepared,” said Dr N.K. Chaturvedi, medical superintendent at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), a day after Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia designated it as one of the tertiary care hospitals for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

G.B. Pant Hospital and Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have also been finalised as tertiary care centers for athletes, team officials and others delegates participating in the games.

“We have been training our staff for handling advanced trauma cases for about a month now,” said Chaturvedi, who is also happy with the fact that the delegates went back impressed with the hospital’s facilities. “Our second batch of trainees is almost ready.”

“The inspection went well. We have world-class medical equipment, best doctors and efficient staff. We only need to re-organise ourselves as per the Commonwealth Games requirements,” he said.

Doctors at AIIMS trauma centre are certain that they are in good shape to play the host hospital. The AIIMS chief could not be reached for comments.

“These three hospitals will have a secure and separate ward, emergency area, ICU beds and 30 beds reserved for the athletes,” said Walia.

“We are also planning to make world class medical centers to provide first aid at the various stadiums and training venues,” she said, adding, first aid posts would also be set up for spectators and officials at various places.

All the three hospitals have been asked to train their officers, doctors, para-medical staff for extending the best medical services to the delegates.

“Hospitals have also been asked to up-grade their standards. Arrangement for safety, security, isolation and privacy protocol have been ensured,” Walia said.

The health minister has also apprised the medical advisors to Commonwealth Games, Dr Jagadisan and Dr Manmohan about the preparedness of the Delhi government to meet the requirements of games participants.

“They seemed happy but personally I feel a lot needs to be done and we have the time to fill the gaps,” said Walia.