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Hospital new wing stares at delay

Uncertainty clouds the inauguration of the super-speciality wing of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on September 23.

The incomplete set-up at the new building and the RIMS management’s lack of preparedness to run it came to light during an hour-long inspection by Union additional health secretary C.K. Mishra on Wednesday.

RIMS is supposed to obtain the hand-over certificate from the developers of the new building by September 10. However, the tardy pace of construction was more than enough to raise doubts in Mishra’s mind that the facility might miss its inauguration deadline. The central official made his reservations known and even came up with suggestions to better the situation.

Accompanied by state principal health secretary K. Vidyasagar, deputy health secretary S.K. Dudani and RIMS director Tulsi Mahto, Mishra hopped from one department to another in the new wing and found that a majority of them were not ready to start operations yet.

During a recce of the outpatient’s department (OPD), urology, cardiology, oncology and the operating theatre, Mishra pointed out that there should be uniform signboards, indicating which facility exists where.

The official further suggested using metallic paints for the signs.

On reaching the cardiology unit, which has come up on the second floor, he enquired about the cath lab. The director, being unaware of the exact spot where the equipment will be placed, senior cardiologist and an associate professor of cardiology department Hemant Narayan Ray was summoned.

Ray informed Mishra that the cath lab and the OT would be shifted to the third floor from its existing place on RIMS premises.

A peeved Mishra then suggested arranging beds in the urology ward on the first floor, so that if the Union health minister, after the inaugural ceremony, expresses his desire to see the hospital, he could be shown the wing as functioning.

Mishra also expressed his doubts whether the RIMS authorities would be able to maintain the new infrastructure.

However, an optimistic Mahto said they would be able to complete everything on time. “We will speed up the entire process, right from construction to procurement of equipment and its installation so that the wing is inaugurated on time,” he told The Telegraph.

Developed under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) with a whopping budget of Rs 120 crore, the building alone has come up at a cost of Rs 32 crore. The remaining amount is being spent on procuring equipment and developing the infrastructure at the new wing.


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