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Factory-made units to bridge patient-bed gap

- Health department to add wards at PMCH with use of pre-fabricated structures

The health department has decided to create wards at Patna Medical College and Hospital through pre-fabricated technology to bridge the patient-bed gap.

Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health, told The Telegraph about the decision on Tuesday.

Constructing wards at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) with the technology (see chart) would be the first initiative in the state. The department had earlier announced to construct primary health centres and additional primary health with the prefabricated technology. Sources although confirmed that the work has not yet started.

Kumar said: We have decided to make wards at the Patna Medical College and Hospital with prefabricated technology. There is a lot of pressure on the health hub because of increase in the number of patients. At present, we are working on a master plan for the PMCH according to which several construction projects at the health hub would be taken up. So, we chose the prefabricated technology. With this, wards to accommodate around 350-400 patients would be constructed.

At present, the PMCH has 1,675 beds.

He added: This technology would allow us to shift the building from one place to another and would also be less time consuming to build than traditional methods. We have similar plans for the other medical college and hospitals too. But work would first start at the PMCH.

The senior officer could not specify when the work would start. We have just taken the decision and a lot of work has to be done. No deadline has been fixed, he said.

Adding 400 beds to the hospital would not solve the problem of space, Kumar said, but added that it would help PMCH to cope with the increase in patients. Many patients are forced to rest on the floor because of the shortage of beds. By creating wards, we will be able to bring down the gap, said Kumar.

PMCH deputy superintendent Bimal Karak said: Two wards would be created on the third floor of the hospitals emergency building. It would accommodate 125 patients. We also plan to create a ward in the Tata ward with a capacity to accommodate 75 patients. A mortuary would also be constructed near the post-mortem building.

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