The office of the superintendent of Patliputra Medical College and Hospital in Dhanbad will soon start functioning from the Saraidhela campus of the state-run health hub. The shifting of furniture from the Hirapur to the Saraidhela campus began on Tuesday and is likely to be completed by Thursday.
The new office will operate from near the medicine distribution centre of the Saraidhela campus where the surgery and orthopaedics departments were recently shifted.
PMCH superintendent Arun Kumar confirmed the development. “The new office will start functioning from the Saraidhela campus soon. The process of shifting furniture has already began,” he added.
The move comes after state health and family welfare minister Rajendra Singh, during his last visit to the district on October 9, had directed immediate shifting of the office of hospital superintendent from Hirapur to Saraidhela.
PMCH was established in Patna during early 1970s and was shifted to Dhanbad in 1973 due to lack of medical colleges in the region. The health hub then started operating from two campuses at Sadar Hospital in Hirapur and SSLNT Hospital.
The new building of PMCH was established at Saraidhela in 1977 where majority of the departments, except orthopaedics and surgery, were shifted from Hirapur. Departments like ophthalmology and gynaecology were shifted to the Saraidhela campus from SSLNT Hospital in 2005.
Lack of adequate space at the Sariadhela campus did not permit the authorities to shift all units at the Hirapur campus. This caused inconvenience to doctors and patients alike.
The construction of the new building at the Saraidhela campus remained hung owing to bureaucratic delays.
During a 2010 visit, Medical Council of India raised objections over running of the health hub from two campuses. The outfit also threatened to cancel the affiliation of the medical college if immediate steps to fix the problem were not taken.
Finally, the building division handed over the new building to PMCH authorities in July, following which the surgery and orthopaedics departments were shifted.
The state health and family department plans to launch a state-of-the-art pathological and radiological centre in the vacated space at Hirapur campus from where the superintendent’s office functioned.