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Health hub strives for course seal
- NMCH focuses on infrastructure growth

Nalanda Medical College and Hospital is taking steps to address the lack of infrastructure issue to earn back the recognition for its postgraduate course in paediatrics.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2013 de-recognised the PG courses in paediatrics, the permission for which was granted in 2011.

The reason it had cited for de-recognition was that the department concerned did not have CT scan and MRI machines. The MCI had also de-recognised PG courses in surgery and gynaecology departments but those were restored later.

Eyebrows were raised at the MCI’s decision as both these machines are used less in paediatrics than in surgery and gynaecology.

The head of the paediatrics department, Arun Kumar Thakur, said: “The MCI had de-recognised PG courses mainly on three counts. First, the MCI was asking for individual names of the writers of the publications published in medical journals. Incidentally, the publication published so far does not bear name of any individual. This has been rectified. We have sent the names of the writers to the MCI whose publications were published recently in different medical journals.”

Second, there were some discrepancies in the monthly and yearly counts of the patients treated at the hospital as the number did not match, Thakur said, adding: “The same has also been rectified and sent to the MCI.” The third point raised by the MCI was that the department did not have CT scan and MRI machines,” he said.

NMCH superintendent Santosh Kumar said: “Land has been earmarked for building a new extension of paediatrics department, which is adjacent to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) where CT scan and MRI machines would be installed. We have invited bids for the same. The machines will be installed under public-private partnership mode.”

The new radiant warmers and ventilators have also been sanctioned for strengthening the department’s infrastructure, Santosh said.