PATNA: The respiratory medicine department of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) was shifted to the block housing eye department on Friday. The hospital's medical superintendent Dr I S Thakur inaugurated the new site of the department.
The shifting became necessary in view of the ongoing mega development plan for making PMCH a world-class hospital and the old building of respiratory medicine is identified for demolition and reconstruction. Head of respiratory medicine department Dr Pawan Agrawal said the new site has 30 beds equipped with oxygen supply by pipes, monitor and suction machine, one intensive care unit and one minor operation theatre.
"Respiratory medicine includes treatment of tuberculosis and several other lungs problems directly associated with breathing physiology," he said, adding that presently, the number of patients is also high as almost 80 new people are reaching the OPD every day.
The acute breathing trouble and dropping of oxygen level during the Covid-19 and H3N2 virus also fall under respiratory ailments. The department also has a rare facility of diffusing capacity of lungs for carbon monoxide, commonly called DLCO.

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