Patients on corridors is a common sight at RIMS in Ranchi
Are all patients knocking on the doors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) sure they can’t be treated at district or subdivisional level?
The state health and family welfare department wants to know why patient load is constantly on the rise at the state-run hospital in the capital.
In a letter sent to RIMS authorities on Monday, the department has directed the healthcare institute to find out from the records of the last six months whether patients from district really needed to be treated at the capital hospital.
RIMS director Tulsi Mahato refrained from making any controversial comment. He just quipped: “Any step that will help in better functioning of this institute is welcome.”
But sources at RIMS confirmed to The Telegraph that state principal health secretary K. Vidyasagar sought a report to include district-wise division of patients admitted to the hospital with types of diseases.
RIMS has 1,089 beds which remains full on any given day. Space crunch forces patients, arriving at the healthcare centre from far off places, to seek admission even without guarantee of a bed. Patients accommodate themselves even on the corridors of the wards.
Doctors fail to turn down their requests on humanitarian grounds.
“This situation, however, should not arise. Patients with ailments like malaria, typhoid, jaundice or expectant mothers seeking institutional deliveries can be handled at the district hospitals. RIMS is an institute for only very serious cases that need specialised treatment,” said a senior doctor.
Hailing the instruction from top bosses, the doctor added: “The report will disclose how district hospitals act irresponsibly by sending patients that can be easily treated at their level.”
Admitting that RIMS was getting overburdened, deputy health secretary Ram Kumar Sinha said that a wing of RIMS will come up at Brambe near Ratu.
In another development, Vidyasagar chaired a meeting on RIMS premises on Tuesday where it was decided that the tentative date for inauguration of the super-speciality wing will be September 23. Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will do the honours.
It was also decided that tenders would be floated for certain machines that need to be procured for the new wing.
This apart, the completion certificate of the new building will be obtained at earliest from the promoter.