Jamshedpur, Feb 4: The newly appointed Health Minister Banna Gupta has said that filling up vacancies at all levels of health centers would be his top priority. Interacting with media, Gupta, who is
Jamshedpur West MLA said that the previous government only built infrastructures with three new medical colleges but failed to provide resources like doctors, nursing staff and paramedics. The situation is the same not only in all the six medical colleges, but also at hospitals in district, block and village levels.
“ It is really a matter of concern that several rural hospitals are lying locked due to lack of doctors. I have asked my department principal secretary to compile a list of hospitals along with their manpower requirements. After getting the figure I will meet the Chief Minister to take steps to fill up the vacancies,” said Gupta.
Gupta on Monday had held a meeting with Tata Steel vice-president (corporate services), Chanakya Chaudhary and Tata Steel Utilities and Infrastructure Services Limited MD Tarun Daga and MGM Hospital superintendent Dr Sanjay Kumar and deputy superintendent Dr Nakul Choudhary at Circuit House and discussed problems with MGM doctors and nursing staff and also inspected the emergency and other wards of the over 500-bed state owned.
“I have asked the principal secretary (Nitin Madan Kulkarni) to ensure that stock of essential medicines and manpower list (doctors, nursing and paramedic) with duty hours and a contact number should be displayed prominently along with contact number of civil surgeons, principal secretary and health minister at all hospitals from district to village level,” said Gupta.
The State run MGM Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH) is reeling under lack of facilities. The MGMCH is a government hospital with the facility of 540 beds. Everyday around 1000 patients come here for treatment. Several times parts of ceiling and windows have collapsed in the government hospital. Due to lack of repair work and attention of the authorities concerned, the condition of the hospital has deteriorated to a great extent. As of now, MGM has 540 beds, 10 operating theatres, ICU and CT scan units, a blood bank and 13 departments, including emergency and gynaecology.
“The hospital building is in poor condition, which needs immediate repair. Moreover the facilities at operation theatre and C T Scan need to be upgraded. The facilities for doctors and attendants also need to be addressed,” conceded an official.MGM also wants cardiac, kidney and skin super specialty units, as well as separate chambers for its associate professors.