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Stopgap OPD for patients

The outpatients’ department of Ranchi’s Sadar Hospital moved 100m to the old civil surgeon’s office on Tuesday.

The move to shift the OPD, which treats 800 patients a day, was taken by was taken by Ranchi civil surgeon A.K. Choudhary as the dilapidated government hospital on Purulia Road has been getting a revamp since the past couple of years with no one committing to a deadline.

The OPD’s temporary address is the two-storey old civil surgeon’s office beside that of Jharkhand AIDS Control Society on the connecting lane between Purulia Road and Tharpakhna.

“This building is spacious and will give patients some breathing space,” the civil surgeon said, adding that the OPD will shift to the original hospital campus once its renovation was done.

Day One on the new address saw a fair share of teething troubles.

Half the building lacks power connections, so installing fans and air-conditioners proved to be a problem. Patients sweated it out on a warm day where monsoon gave way to rising mercury.

But still, Choudhary maintained that this temporary relocation was a good decision, pointing out what had been done — the building has been freshly painted and more importantly, segregated. There are separate female, children, TB and general wards to better channelise patient inflow.

Choudhary did not put a deadline to the hospital revamp — “I am not in charge of the work, I only know that civil work is on in patches and the government has to take the final call” — but sources said it would take another year or so.

Surgery and labour OPDs are in their old building, the civil surgeon said. “That’s because they are close to the operating theatres at the old OPD building. It is quicker to ferry critical patients from these OPDs to the operating theatre. Our operating theatres are not as good-looking as private ones but they are functional,” he claimed.