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Work on installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) is likely to be completed in around 10 days.

ANMCH superintendent Sudhir Kumar Sinha said the entire hospital campus starting from the entry gate, outside the emergency ward, the superintendents office, emergency ward, indoor and outdoor departments, pathological laboratory, blood bank, corridors of all departments, central registration counter, medicine distribution counter and other important places would be under the surveillance of 60 CCTVs.

The CCTV control panel would be placed in the deputy superintendents chamber.

The health department has funded the Rs 13-lakh project, which a private agency of Gaya is executing.

The installation of CCTVs would instil a sense of security among doctors and other employees of the hospital. As CCTV recording can be preserved up to 45 days, it would work as evidence in case of any incident. It would also be easier to monitor activities of security guards, outsourcing staff, cleaning staff apart that of doctors, interns and nurses, said superintendent Sinha.

ANMCH is infamous for incidents of clashes in its emergency ward. Very often relatives of patients indulge in violence.

The superintendent said: The hospital administration will keep a close watch on the activities on the campus, including the emergency department and the registration counter. Not only outdoor, indoor patients would also be benefited when cleanliness and food distribution are monitored.

On the benefits of CCTV installation, K.K. Sinha, a senior doctor of the surgery department, said it was a welcome step from the security point of view.

The ANMCH branch president of Bihar State Chikitsa Evam Jan Swasthya Karmachari Sangh, Kamlesh Kumar, too welcomed the step and said it would instil a sense of security among employees.

At Patna Medical College and Hospital, the states premier healthcare destination, the entire campus is secured by 276 CCTVs but some of them are not in working condition.

The condition is worse at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital. Sources said of around 100 CCTVs installed at different locations on the campus, most are defunct.

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