ESIC hospital to get Fetal Medicine Unit

ESIC hospital to get Fetal Medicine Unit
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Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Sunday said that the government would start Fetal Medicine Unit at ESIC Super Specialty Hospital associated with the proposed ESIC Medical College at Sanathnagar, Hyderabad. He was speaking at a meeting organised on the occasion of \'Birth Defects Day\' by ESIC Medical College here on Sunday.

Hyderabad: Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Sunday said that the government would start Fetal Medicine Unit at ESIC Super Specialty Hospital associated with the proposed ESIC Medical College at Sanathnagar, Hyderabad. He was speaking at a meeting organised on the occasion of 'Birth Defects Day' by ESIC Medical College here on Sunday.

  • Bandaru stresses the need to prevent birth defects which are the leading cause of infant deaths

Stating that infant mortality rate was high in India, Dattatraya said that about 5 to 10 per cent of the babies are born with defects. "Birth defects are one of the leading causes of infant deaths in India. Every year, third day of March is designated as World Birth Defects Day. The cost of the treatment of this group of malformations is high as the birth defects are common and most of the major defects need super specialty treatment," he said.

Dattatraya said that the role of prevention of birth defects and education on birth defects was very important. “As chairperson of ESI Corporation with around eight crore ESI beneficiaries in India, I propose to start the Fetal Medicine Unit at ESIC Super Specialty Hospital associated with the proposed ESIC Medical College at Sanathnagar, Hyderabad. This unit is contemplated to start a unique national program - ESIC CARES program,” said Dattatraya.

CARES is Congenital Anomalies Registration and Education Service. He said that insured persons (IPs) would be educated and counselled on birth defects through this initiative. Once well established at Hyderabad, this would be extended to the rest of the country through ESIC hospitals, he added.

This meeting was presided by Dean of ESIC Medical College, Hyderabad, Prof. Srinivas, Ex-MLC ESIC National Director Kapilavai Dilip Kumar, ESIC National Director N Rajeshwar, Regional Director, ESI Corporation R S Rao, Medical Director, State Medical Commissioner ESI Corporation Dr P K Jain, Medical Superintendent ESIC Super Specialty Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad Dr Balraj Bhandar also participated in the program.

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