Agartala: One of the long-pending demands of the people of Tripura has been fulfilled on Monday as the state government has decided to appoint two neurosurgeons in Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital (GBP) shortly.
The state Cabinet will approve the move in its next meeting.
“The two neurosurgeons from south India, namely Dr BCM Prasad and Dr Siddha Reddy, have decided to join the state health department on full time basis,” health and family welfare minister Sudip Roy Barman told reporters at Civil Secretariat here in Agartala.
He said, “The department will install the necessary equipment in the building-I of AGMC and GBP Hospital premises before issuing the appointments to these two neurosurgeon doctors”.
In the meantime, neurosurgeon Dr Sudipta Bhattacharjee of ILS Hospitals, Agartala is visiting the patients at IPD of GBP Hospital on daily basis. Dr Bhattacharjee is looking after the critical traumatic patients in the hospital.
The previous government had inaugurated the Trauma Care Centre on December 12, 2017. But the centre neither had any neurosurgeons nor specialist in the centre, due to which the state had to face a loss of over Rs 50 crore every year.
On the other hand, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recently approved 38 seats for Post-Graduation course from the academic year of 2019-20 in AGMC and GBP Hospital. At present, there are 25 existing seats for the ensuing academic year and now, it has become 63 seats in total.
Giving the statistics of increasing seats approved by the MCI, minister said that two seats each in Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anasthesiology, Forensic Medicine, and Psychiatry; three seats each in Orthopaedics and Radio-diagnosis; seven seats in General Surgery and General Medicine; newly introduced four seats each in Pathology and Biochemistry departments.
However, the MCI has not approved any seat for Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology and newly introduced Respiratory Medicine course.