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Hellhole to epitome of healthcare

April 23: Every time there was a blast in the district, deputy commissioner K.K. Dwivedi dreaded the errand of having to visit Tinsukia District Civil Hospital, where most of the injured were usually taken.

Not so much for the gut-wrenching sight of torn limbs and bloody faces as for the complete lack of infrastructure and human resources that the hospital suffered from.

A series of blasts later, Dwivedi decided it was time that the dilapidated structure be turned into a proper hospital.

That was last year — about the same time that the enterprising official had joined the district administration.

In the past nine months, Tinsukia hospital has undergone re-construction and renovation for about as many times and emerged as a reliable healthcare address.

With a Rs 90 lakh fund from the National Rural Health Mission, the casualty ward, toilet block, labour room, gynaecology department, operation theatre, reception counter, female ward and kitchen have been completely restructured or renovated.

A new 50-bed ward is also being constructed. The electrical wiring has been replaced, the drainage system reconstructed and a new diesel generator installed.

Flowering plants now add a dash of colour to the grey and black structure.

“Some strict measures were also initiated as absenteeism was rampant among the doctors and staff. Many suffered pay cuts after which the matter was taken up with the government, and now the hospital is doing well,” Dwivedi said.

Also known as the Gopinath Bordoloi Civil Hospital, the facelift has done wonders for the exchequer.

Between January 2006 to January 2007, the revenue earned by the hospital was Rs 40,025. In the past year, it has gone up to Rs 1,51,305.

The number of patients visiting the outpatient department has swelled from 1,713, to 5,421.

“Cases of institutional delivery has also gone up to 348 in the past year. Earlier, it was 192. Nearly 48 Caesarean operations was conducted during the period, compared to 16 in the previous year,” a doctor said.

“The environment in the hospital is completely transformed and now patients prefer to come to the hospital for treatment instead of going to private nursing homes,” he said.

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