SVIMS Director Dr TS Ravikumar and other doctors with honourees Kanthamma, Dr Vaidehi Kaza and Lakshmi Kameswari at SVIMS in Tirupati on Thursday, on the occasion of International Women’s Day
SVIMS Director Dr TS Ravikumar and other doctors with honourees Kanthamma, Dr Vaidehi Kaza and Lakshmi Kameswari at SVIMS in Tirupati on Thursday, on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Tirupati: Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) Director-cum-Vice-Chancellor Dr TS Ravikumar announced major initiatives that SVIMS will be taking up soon. Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of International Women’s Day at SVIMS on Thursday, he listed his upcoming initiatives.

The first one was that ‘Bundled cancer screening programme for women’ during International Women’s Week starting from March 8 to 13. As part of the programme, women will be screened for breast cancer, pap smear for cervix cancer and oral examination for cancer or precancerous condition in oral cavity as well as dental hygiene.

The second initiative will be regarding the plans to launch a pink bus. Th idea was mooted a year ago and now it is becoming reality as SVIMS has secured funds. SVIMS pink bus will roll out on the streets of Tirupati soon to screen cancer (breast, cervix and oral) and other non-communicable diseases in women. Plans to install sanitary pad vending machines and eco-friendly sanitary pad incinerators in SVIMS campus would be the third initiative whereas the fourth one would be establishing women’s health clinic for the treatment of lung problems.

Lung transplant programme will be developed and pulmonary critical care services will be upgraded at SVIMS with the help of pulmonologist and lung transplant expert from UT Southwestern Medical Centre at Texas, USA, under the guidance of Dr Vaidehi Kaza and her team, the Director revealed. He added that they will try to improve the hospital mortality and maintain transparency about what is going on.

Dr Vaidehi Kaza explained about lung health in women and causes of lung problems in them in India and how to manage them. She said that women and girls in India are suffering from lung problems. She stressed on the need for improving the health care quality for women. Vaidehi has congratulated all the women staff of SVIMS for their hard work and dedication towards the organisation.

On this occasion, along with Dr Vaidehi Kaza, Nursing Superintendent Kanthamma and Pharmacist Lakshmi Kameswari were felicitated. The Director also announced a donor sponsored Pulmonary Fellowship called “Late NC Gupta Pulmonary Fellow” which will be jointly mentored by SVIMS and US-based collaboration. Medical Superintendent Dr Alok Sachan, SP Medical College for Women Vice Principal Dr Alladi Mohan and others took part.