September 30, 2020

Panel for revival of 123-year-old Gaya hospital

GAYA: A seven-member committee has been constituted by Gaya district magistrate Abhishek Singh to survey the 123 years’ old Parbhawati Hospital, which has a dilapidated building with acute infrastructural deficit and facility shortage.

The committee, constituted on Thursday, has been asked to prepare an action plan to renovate and upgrade the hospital and suggest measures for its vertical as well as horizontal expansion. It is to submit its report within a week.

The hospital building is considered as a huge risk for patients, attendants and staff members. The DM, during inspection a few days back, was appalled by the condition in the all-women hospital, which did not have even oxygen cylinders and pulse monitors.

The committee comprises additional collector Yogesh Kumar Sagar, civil surgeon Rajindra Prasad, sadar SDO Suraj Kumar Sinha, Red Cross secretary Dr D K Sahay, officiating hospital superintendent Dr S K Chaudhary, building construction department executive engineer and Town block circle officer. The committee would identify structures that need immediate demolition and repair.

Originally christened as Lady Elgin Zana Hospital, the 82-bed facility was established in 1895. Spread over 50 acre area in Gaya town, the hospital now has only 30 beds. The average occupancy in the recent past has been less than 20% and for the last several months, the hospital has become virtually defunct on account of non-availability of an anaesthetist and deputation of just one gynaecologist to man the hospital.

About a decade ago, the hospital was renamed as Parbhawati Hospital, named after the wife of Jayaprakash Narayan.

According to the DM, based on its size and location, the hospital has the potential to be converted into a super specialty women hospital with state-of-the-art facilities.

Courtesy: TNN

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