Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi will soon have to come up with a 17-bed psychiatry ward, in accordance with a Medical Council of India (MCI) order to treat patients with psychological ailments separately.
RIMS head of psychiatry Ashok Kumar Prasad said: “The hospital is already facing an acute crisis of beds for general patients. Under these circumstances, creating space for another ward is a challenge. But considering the special needs of psychiatric patients, we have to come up with one.”
Echoing Prasad, RIMS director Tulsi Mahato said that though there was a need to come up with the ward at the earliest, space crunch and the rush of patients was preventing them from creating the facility.
“The new ward will come up as soon as RIMS is provided with alternative space for managing the flow of patients,” Mahato told The Telegraph.
All eyes will therefore be on a high-level meeting scheduled on Friday. To be held under the chairmanship of chief secretary R.S. Sharma, the meeting is to discuss health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh’s plan of handing over to RIMS 300 beds in the newly constructed multi-speciality hospital adjacent to Ranchi Sadar Hospital.
MCI officials, during a visit to the premier healthcare institution in 2011 and 2012, had found that mental patients were being treated in either orthopaedic or surgery wards.
Sources in MCI said the hospital authorities had then claimed that those patients were being treated for broken leg, eye ailment and other diseases.
But, the apex medical body refused to buy their argument and demanded to see the 15-bed psychiatry ward, which RIMS authorities claimed was ready on its premises.
No such facility for mental patients was found on both the occasions, the sources added.
To save themselves from further embarrassment and, more importantly, MCI’s ire, RIMS authorities are now desperate to set up the ward.
RIMS has 1,089 beds as of now. Indoor patients are treated at nine wards depending on the kind of ailment —gynaecology, ENT, orthopaedic, ophthalmologic, skin, paediatric, medicine, surgery and neuro-surgery.
Outdoor and indoor patients with mental ailments are treated by Ajay Kumar Bakhla, Abhishek Kumar and Prasad.