Karkala, Mar7: The Rt K Krishna Prabhu OPD Block and new OT Complex have been inaugurated at Dr T M A Pai Rotary Hospital, Karkala.
The chief guest of the program, V Sunil Kumar, minister of energy and Kannada & culture, expressed his appreciation for the work done by the Manipal group in the field of health, including during the time of Covid. He also stated that the hospital's modern amenities would enable it to provide higher quality healthcare services at affordable costs for the people of Karkala and surrounding villages.
Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, vice-chancellor of MAHE, Manipal, and Dr Sharath Kumar Rao, Pro vice-chancellor of Health Sciences, MAHE, Manipal, were the guests of honour of the program, while Dr H S Ballal, pro-chancellor of MAHE, Manipal, presided over it.
Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh stated that with the advanced facility, Dr T M A Pai Hospital in Karkala has now been elevated to the level of a secondary care center. He also announced that 24*7 Trauma and Emergency services and CT scans will soon be added to the hospital's facilities, reducing the need for patients to go to Kasturba Hospital in Manipal for secondary care treatment.
Dr Sharath Kumar Rao gave an overview of the hospital's growth from its inception until now, highlighting the cooperation of the Rotary Club. Meanwhile, Dr H S Ballal, in his presidential address, congratulated the Rotary Club, Karkala and reaffirmed MAHE Manipal's commitment to providing advanced treatment to the people of Karkala in the future by taking more development measures for the hospital.
Dr Kirthnath Ballal, chief medical officer of Dr TMA Pai Rotary Hospital, Karkala, welcomed the gathering, while Dr Sanjay Kumar proposed a vote of thanks. Also in attendance were Dr Padmaraj Hegde, dean of KMC, Manipal, Dr Anand Venugopal, chief operating officer of the Teaching Hospital, MAHE, Manipal, Dr Avinash Shetty, medical superintendent of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, and top officials of MAHE Manipal and Rotary Club.