Dumka, Sept. 20: Chief minister Hemant Soren and his father and JMM chief Shibu Soren today inaugurated the 100-bed building of sadar hospital in Dumka, though it still lacks basic infrastructure and manpower.
Later, the chief minister unveiled a community health centre in Masaliya, around 20km from the district headquarters, but termed the “inauguration cancelled” when he found cracks on its walls.
Hemant, who arrived in Dumka on a three-day tour yesterday, today dedicated the new sadar hospital building to the common people.
According to sources, the state government is yet to create posts of doctors and paramedical staff to run this “modern facility”.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural function at the sadar hospital, Hemant promised that necessary infrastructure would be made available soon. But, he fell short of giving any deadline for the same.
“My government is committed to improve health services in the state. The health department is planning more such hospitals with ultra modern facilities so that patients do not have to rush to other states,” he added.
Civil surgeon Dr Suresh Kumar said the hospital authorities had already sent a proposal to the state headquarters, seeking 49 doctors and 213 paramedical personnel for the new facility.
“We are still awaiting a positive response,” he added.
In Masaliya, Hemant had to eat his words after inaugurating the 60-bed health centre developed for Rs 3.9 crore.
Soon after the inaugural function, Hemant saw cracks on the centre’s walls and pulled up civil surgeon Suresh for taking over the building without checking quality of work. Moreover, the centre still doesn’t have basic facilities and human resources.