Gaya: Irked by the delay in the establishment of a trauma centre at Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College & Hospital, Gaya MP Hari Manjhi has shot off a complaint letter addressed to Union health minister J.P. Nadda.
In the letter, the MP has reminded Nadda of his assurance to convert ANMMCH into a super-speciality hospital with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facility.
In 2010, a trauma centre was sanctioned for ANMMCH at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore and an initial amount of Rs 80 lakh was released. Eight years later, the centre has not gone beyond the plinth stage.
Due to delay in job execution and subsequent hike in construction cost, no less than Rs 15 crore would now be needed, say sources.
On account of the hospital’s proximity to three national highways (NH 2, NH 82 and NH 83), incidents of road accidents are fairly high in the region. According to road safety activist Shamimul Haq, about 500 road accidents needing hospitalisation take place per year in Gaya district alone.
Besides demanding early establishment of the trauma centre, the MP has also demanded the establishment of a cancer unit..
Supporting the MP’s demand, activist Brajnandan Pathak said that in the absence of an oncology ward at ANMMCH and infrastructure required for cancer treatment, most cancer patients of the region have to go to Mumbai. However, except for the Howrah-Mumbai Mail, there is no direct train for Mumbai and Gaya’s quota in the train is inadequate. There is no direct air link between Gaya and Mumbai either.
On account of infrastructure deficiencies and shortage of doctors, the Medical Council of India has downgraded the Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College and the permissible intake has been halved from 100 per year to just 50 in the academic session 2018-19.
In the absence of proper toilet facilities, most of the attendants and other visitors have to answer nature’s call in the open on the hospital premises spread over about 50 acres.
Courtesy: The Telegraph