Step into the new laboratories or Intensive Care Units at JJ Hospital in Byculla and you are likely to forget you are in a government hospital.
The air-conditioned rooms have the latest high-end equipment to conduct tests and procedures.
Medical Education Minister Vijaykumar Gavit inaugurated a 15-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and an Intensive Coronary Care Unit (ICCU) with wireless digital monitors. The old MICU had only nine beds.
The hospital has also got a cardiac catheterisation laboratory to deal with cardiac disease/attack cases, a new CT scanner and MRI machine.
“We are now the first public hospital to have two CT scanners, MRI machines and two cath-labs,” said dean Dr T.P. Lahane.
The upgrade has been done with funds from the Rs 120-crore corpus received from the Centre under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.
The new cath lab has an intravascular ultrasound probe that can conduct sonography of arteries from inside. “This is more accurate than angiography and will help us in placing the stent more accurately,” said Dr Lahane.
The hospital also launched an equipment to conduct Polysomnography or sleep study test to record biophysiological changes that occur during sleep.
“Snoring has become a major lifestyle problem, also affecting the lower middle-class people,” said Dr Lahane.