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SSKM team visits Delhi for training on heart transplant

Kolkata: A three-member team from the SSKM Hospital has gone to Delhi to take part in a training programme on heart transplantation. This is perhaps for the first time that any state run hospital has sent a team for obtaining more knowledge from expert doctors on heart transplantation and share their views with them.
According to sources, a cardiac anesthetist, a nursing staff and a paramedical staff have gone to Safdarjung Hospital to gain knowledge on heart transplant where renowned doctors from the across the country will take part. The step was taken as the SSKM Hospital is planning
to perform heart transplantations for free of cost.
Millennium Post had published a story on this unique initiative of the only state-run superspecialty hospital SSKM.
The hospital authorities would submit a detailed project report to Swasthya Bhawan after carrying out a detailed survey in this regard.
SSKM is the first state-run hospital where heart transplantations would be carried out for free of cost.
Kidney transplants are being performed in the hospital for quite sometime now.
According to a senior official of the hospital, expert doctors from the premier institutions including AIIMs who have performed a series of heart transplantations will be visiting the hospital and share their knowledge with the doctors of SSKM.
As there is a need of infrastructural revamp of the hospital for the heart transplantations, various steps are being taken by the hospital authorities. As a part of the initiative, a heart failure clinic has been thrown open at the Cardiology department of the hospital recently.
The doctors at the cardiology department of the hospital will examine and treat the heart failure patients at the clinic.
A senior official of the hospital said the doctors would try to cure heart related problems of the patients through medicines. Those who would require heart transplantations would be referred to the heart transplantation unit which would come up at the cardiothoracic vascular surgery (CTVS) department of
the hospital.
After the hospital authorities submit their proposal to Swasthya Bhawan, the senior health department officials would carry out an inspection examining the infrastructure of the hospital.
A list of patients requiring heart transplantations would be prepared by the hospital authorities so that patients or their family members can register their names.
According to the hospital authorities, a heart failure clinic has already been made operational, while the operation theater at the
CTVS department will be upgraded for conducting the heart transplantations.
Work is in progress to increase the infrastructure of the hospital.
The main purpose of the project, taken by the state government, is to provide benefits to the patients who cannot afford treatment from private establishments in the country.
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