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RIMS man at MGM helm

S.K. Chowdhury, who joined as superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital on Friday, has promised to beef up manpower, one of the primary concerns of the Jamshedpur health hub.

Chowdhury (57), who took over from the officiating superintendent, head of the anaesthesia department R.Y. Chowdhury, was earlier posted as superintendent at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), in Ranchi.

Soon after assuming charge, the new superintendent held a meeting with deputy superintendent Ashok Kumar Singh. Later, he toured the hospital and spent time at several departments and wards.

S.K. Chowdhury stated he was aware that the hospital was short-staffed. “I will take note of the sanctioned strength and existing strength of each and every department shortly. Though the work of the hospital will be carried out with the existing staff, I will write to the concerned authority to fill up vacancies,” the superintendent told The Telegraph.

He promised to ensure medical treatment of both outdoor and in-patients wasn’t affected due to staff crunch.

S.K. Chowdhury’s is the third appointment at MGM Medical College and Hospital after former superintendent S.S.Prasad’s sudden demise on September 25 last year.

Prasad died of heart attack on the hospital premises during an inspection by health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh.

After that, principal of MGM Medical College A.N. Mishra was made superintendent as a temporary arrangement. Later, the state health department appointed head of the anaesthesia department as superintendent.

But now the department has appointed S.K. Chowdhury to replace R.Y. Chowdhury, who thought it was “ominous” to use the late S.S. Prasad’s room and instead used the head clerk’s chamber.

Since then, R.Y. Chowdhury been demanding a separate chamber.

“I had a feeling that the chamber of S.S. Prasad was ominous. Therefore, I did not want to sit there,” admitted Chowdhury, adding he was already feeling “relieved” to have been able to hand over charge to another superintendent.