September 28, 2020

German help for hospital

Patna: Sri Guru Govind Singh Hospital in Patna City will now be upgraded to a specialist hospital where heart, orthopaedic and neuro-surgery departments will function under one roof.

Under a state health department initiative, a technical team from Germany, led by Dr Narendra Yadav, inspected the hospital on Thursday, paving the way for its upgrade. Part of the team led by Dr Shanti Bansal inspected basic infrastructure at the hospital and decided to prepare a blueprint and project report for the hospital building and campus.

Dr Narendra said the project report, when complete, will be submitted to chief minister Nitish Kumar and health department principal secretary Sanjay Kumar for their consideration. Meanwhile, a meeting is scheduled on April 23 with the health department principal secretary where the hospital project report is to be discussed at length.

Once upgraded, patients will be provided bypass surgery and angiography of international standard, said Dr Narendra. He said specialist doctors would be appointed at the hospital, as is the case at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS). A nominal minimum fee would be charged. Orthopaedic and neuro-surgeries will also be conducted at the hospital.

Earlier, Dr Narendra had met chief minister Nitish Kumar who asked him to meet the health department principal secretary. Last week, the German team had, along with civil surgeon Pramod Jha, inspected the hospital and taken stock of basic infrastructure, available resources and doctors posted at the hospital.

Hospital superintendent Vaidyanath Mishra told The Telegrapgh that the principal secretary of the health department had called him to arrange for the German team’s visit.

Sri Guru Govind Singh Hospital does not have a pathologist or full-fledged blood storage facility. Though 312 beds are sanctioned, facilities exist for just 148 patients.

Around 600-700 patients visit the hospital’s outdoor patient department every day, but pathological and other tests are a problem in the absence of a permanent pathologist. Patients have to go outside for tests. Similar is the case with the eye, nose and throat (ENT) department. “There are no doctors or technicians in the skin and radiology department,” hospital health manager Shabbir Khan said.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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