The state health and medical education department has started steps to fill up the post of superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital, now left vacant after the sudden demise of S.S. Prasad.
MGM Medical College principal A.N. Mishra has suggested the names of three professors to the department, but two of them are reluctant to take up the responsibility to head the hospital.
The names recommended are Karmila Kujur, head of the department (HoD) of gynaecology; Vijay Narayan, the HoD of eye; and R.Y. Chowdhury, HoD, anaesthetic.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mishra said: “The state health department had asked me to give a list of professors of the medical college based on seniority. I suggested the names of Kujur, Narayan and Chowdhury. It is now up to the health top brass to zero in on the final candidate.”
Sources revealed that the most favoured name for the post is that of Narayan, but he has expressed his reluctance to take over.
So has Kujur.
“Who will like to head such a hospital which has no silver lining,” said Kujur.
The doctor quickly added: . “But if the health department assigns me the arduous task of leading the healthcare institution, then I have no option. As of now nothing is final, only the names on seniority basis have been suggested.”
However, Chowdhury begged to differ.
Chowdhury, who has already served a two-year stint as MGM superintendent earlier, told The Telegraph that he was well aware of the problems plaguing the hospital, but was confident of handling them well.
“Problems are everywhere, even in my anaesthetic department. I never run away from problems or shirk my responsibilities,” said Chowdhury. He added he was looking forward to hearing positive tidings from the state.
At present, deputy superintendent Ashok Kumar Singh is looking after the hospital’s routine affairs.
However, with a massive renovation of the hospital worth Rs 5 crore going on, it has become necessary that a superintendent be present to effectively monitor the construction work.
Former superintendent Prasad died of a massive cardiac arrest on August 23 night. He suffered the attack during the inspection of state health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh on hospital premises.
After his death, the medical fraternity of Jamshedpur voiced its anger against inspection of state-run health hubs after duty hours or on holidays.
Prasad (63), with a history of an ailing heart, had to pace every ward with the minister late in the evening. He collapsed around 9pm. He was rushed to MGM intensive care unit, sent to Brahmananda Narayana Hrudayalaya in Tamolia, but died around 11pm.