Siliguri, Aug. 10: The Siliguri district hospital has decided to shift some critical maternity cases to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital as one of its maternity wards is being repaired.
Baibhav Srivastav, the Siliguri SDO, today directed the district hospital to complete the repairs of the dilapidated ceiling of the old maternity ward within seven days.
The directive was given at a review meeting of the sub-divisional departments held this afternoon. The NBMCH located at Sushrutnagar is around 15kms from here.
“I had visited the Siliguri hospital once and found that the concrete of the ceiling at the old maternity ward was falling off. I have directed the hospital authorities to repair it within seven days. As emergency delivery cases require special attention and the hospital will be currently unable to provide it because of a space crunch, the patients should be sent to NBMCH until the old ward is repaired,” Shrivastav said.
Delivery patients from 47 wards under the Siliguri Municipal Corporation visit the hospital which has two maternity wards (old and new) with 32 beds each.
Around 100 patients are admitted at the two wards at a time. Deliveries with fewer risks involved will be carried out in the new maternity ward but the emergency cases would be referred to NBMCH.
“For the time being, the SDO has directed us to refer emergency delivery cases to NBMCH. Although we are capable of handling such cases at the hospital, the current situation demands that they are referred to NBMCH”, Pradip Sarkar, the superintendent of Siliguri hospital said.