Patna, Jan. 18: Book your appointment with specialised doctors at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) at the click of a mouse.
The health department has launched “online registration for specialty clinic” facility on its website http://health.bih.nic.in. Specialty clinics, functional between 3pm and 5pm daily, were launched in many departments at PMCH including orthopaedic, paediatrics, surgery, gynaecology, medicine, ENT, eye and skin among others on January 15. (See graphic)
Elaborating the online registration facility at a news meet in Patna today, Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health, said: “Apart from 20 referral cases from outpatient departments in any government health facility, five new patients would also be examined at the speciality clinic. Booking for these five new appointments can now be done through the health department website. Once the booking is done, the patient or his attendant can take the booking slip generated on the website and visit the doctor concerned on the appointment date.”
The speciality clinics at seven other medical colleges, including Nalanda Medical College, Darbhanga Medical College and Shri Krishna Medical College, Muzaffarpur, would start by January 21.
The health department has set targets in the health sector to be achieved by end-2014, which seem to indicate that apart from power, health is also on the priority list of the Nitish government. A target has been set that all district hospitals would have modular operation theatres by August and dialysis, MRI and CT scan facilities by November this year.
Steps are being taken in the field of medical education in the state. “We would apply to the Medical Council of India in August to allow us to start MBBS course in the medical college in Purnea, which would run from the Sadar hospital. We would apply to the Dental Council of India in August to start classes at a dental college in Nalanda district from the next academic session. We would fulfil all inadequacies at Government Tibbi College and Hospital, Patna, Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Patna, and Muzaffarpur Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital by the end of this session,” said the principal secretary.