Bhubaneswar: Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Das today inaugurated the advanced heart-care centre at Capital Hospital here. The unit will be headed by eminent cardiologist Dr Prabhat Kumar Dash.
Dr Dash has about 30 years of experience in cardiac surgery and treatment. He has joined the hospital after leaving an earlier assignment as HoD, Cardiology Department of Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore.
On the occasion, Das said the state government would bear the expenses of heart patients requiring surgery at this advanced cardiac-care unit. “Now onwards, people of Odisha need not visit other states for treatment of heart-related diseases. Capital Hospital will have a Cardiac Centre of Excellence very soon.”
At present, angioplasty and stenting procedures are being carried out in Capital Hospital. Taking the new infrastructure and existing staff strength into consideration, the centre can conduct 15-20 surgeries a day, he said. Government will bear the expenses of patients who do not have the means to pay for treatment at the Centre, he added.
The Unit’s HoD, Dr Dash was nominated for the “Outstanding Health Professional Worldwide” Award in 2007 and won the Rashtriya Rattan Award in 2008 for his contribution to the field of medicine in India.