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No Rheumatology Department in Salem SuperSpeciality Hospital

While the Super Speciality Hospital in Salem on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, will have many specialised departments, many rheumatic patients, especially the aged from this part of the State have expressed their dissatisfaction over the non-inclusion of an exclusive department for rheumatology.

Experts feel that rheumatology is a very specialised and growing field of medicine since many affected in five districts which the hospital will serve as a referral centre, need critical medicare.

A senior physician told The Hindu that the care in rheumatology was not available in many places.

Hence such specialised department should be included in the Super Speciality Hospital, he insisted.

He further said that 12.5 million people had been affected by the disease in the country while 2,500 patients per month were taking treatment at Salem hospital though not officially sanctioned.

An exclusive department for rheumatology attached to the Super Speciality Hospital would ensure specialised treatment to the affected.

The issue also, according to senior doctors, had been brought before the senior health officials who attended a meeting on Thursday.

When contacted, Dr. P. Samikrishnan, Tutor in Physiology, Government Medical College, here said that representation had been given in this regard to the Principal Health Secretary who had assured them to look into the issue. Physicians urged the Director of Medical Education to issue appropriate orders to include the department immediately.



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