MP Ajoy Kumar interacts with patients at MGM Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar on Wednesday toured MGM Medical College and Hospital the lone state-owned referral hospital in the Kolhan region and was irked by the sorry state of affairs at the health hub.
Kumar, a doctor-turned-cop-turned-MP, who spent more than two hours in the morning interacting with patients and taking stock of the infrastructure present, also said he might file a PIL against the state government for failing to fill up vacant posts of nurses, paramedics and technicians at the medical institution.
Dubbing the acute shortage of staff and poor infrastructure as primary causes of concern, Kumar alleged that nothing had been done in the last 10 years or so to improve the situation at the Sakchi-based hospital.
I will be seeking the help of a legal counsel for filing a PIL with Jharkhand High Court against the state government later this month. The state has failed to recruit medical staff, nurses and technicians at the hospital in the last several years. In fact, most of the departments of the health hub are functioning with less than 50 per cent of the sanctioned strength, which in turn prevents them from rendering quality service, Kumar said.
The hospital administration also drew flak from the JVM MP for not having constructed sheds for female attendants, who are often forced to live under the open sky or outside the wards.
He directed hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad and deputy superintendent A.K. Singh to look into the matter urgently and send a formal proposal for the start of construction work the funds for which would be supplied from the MP fund.
We have identified a plot, which is approximately 50 feet by 150 feet, for constructing of the shed. I have directed the authorities to send a detailed proposal in this regard to me in the next 15 days. Once I receive it, I will sanction around Rs 2.30lakh from my MP fund for construction purposes, he said.
Blaming the government for lack of foresight in utilising Central funds, the MP also promised to launch an agitation if the Union funds were used only for renovation and upgrading the MGM Medical College at Dimna. He said, given the current situation, a major chunk of the Central funds should be used for renovating the infrastructure of the hospital instead.
The hospital in Sakchi may witness a major accident if immediate repair work is not undertaken. The hospital superintendent and deputy superintendent, however surprisingly, told me that bulk of the Rs 18 crore Central fund received by it for postgraduate studies will be used in the medical college. This is not acceptable, the MP said.
He also claimed that he would shoot missives to the Union health minister, the principal secretary of the state health department and also chief minister Arjun Munda expressing his reservations.
The MGM authorities were also asked to draw up plans for undertaking repair work at the hospital and submit it to him, which he then promised to take up with the Central and state government.