Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Geriatric wards to be set up at major hospitals (Hyderabad)

Geriatric wards to be set up at major hospitals

Chief Minister K Rosaiah receiving a copy of book on Geriatrics from
MLA P. Shankar Rao, who is also the president of Geriatric Society, at
the 13th annaul Geriatric conference, Hyderabad (Photo)
Express News Service
First Published : 01 Nov 2009 03:38:00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Here is some good news for senior citizens. The State
Government plans to establish `geriatric wards' at all major hospitals
in the State.

This was revealed by Chief Minister K Rosaiah today during the 13th
annual national conference of Geriatric Society of India.

As it is not possible to establish wards in all the hospitals of the
State, the Government plans to establish them at least in major

He also recalled that most of the senior citizens Below Poverty Line
(BPL) are covered under Arogyasri.

Participating in the event Secenderabad Cantonment MLA, P Shankar, who
is also an alumni of Gandhi Medical College, proposed to Rosaiah to
introduce bachelor and post-graduate geriatric courses in NTR Health

According to Geriatric Society of India, life expectancy in India at
the time of Independence was 21 years and gradually it has increased
to 51 years.

Though Constitution guarantees care to elders but in reality it is not
implemented. P S Shankar, President of the Geriatric Society, said
there is a need for old-age homes especially in rural areas.

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