Undergoing facelift: Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital
Hazaribagh, Aug. 25: Hazaribagh sadar hospital, one of the main healthcare hubs in the entire commissionerate, will have an advanced neonatal intensive care unit and a trauma centre within the next six months.
These apart, a modern pathological laboratory with digital X-ray, CT Scan, MRI and Ultrasound test facilities is also expected to come up very soon.
Civil surgeon Vinay Kumar said the health department had given a nod for construction of a new building for infants on the existing campus. The unit would have 15 incubators with oxygen facilities attached to them and other modern machines.
“Presently, all serious cases are being referred to private nursing homes or hospitals in Ranchi as we don’t have proper facilities to treat such cases here,” he said.
Once the new unit is functional, the hospital, which caters to patients from districts like Koderma, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Giridih and Chatra, will be able to handle critical neonatal cases itself.
Further, all diagnostic tests will be done at the new pathological laboratory at affordable rates.
He said the new facilities were part of a major revamp process to turn this hospital into a regional healthcare hub. He added that the construction of the 100-bed new hospital building was almost over. The existing sadar hospital has 220 beds.
Moreover, there are plans to build one more block where patients will go for extensive check-ups and after diagnosis, the cases will be referred to concerned specialist doctors.
While the hospital is undergoing a major facelift, lack of doctors is going to prove a major hurdle for smooth function of the health hub. The hospital receives around 700-800 patients at its OPDs everyday. Besides, 400-500 normal and 50-60 caesarean deliveries take place here on a daily basis.
However, presently there are only 19 doctors as against the sanctioned strength of 40.
“Work load has increased several folds over the years, but the number of sanctioned posts has not,” said Vinay.
He said he had written to the department, drawing its attention towards the crunch.