Hazaribagh is all set to get Jharkhand’s first regional special newborn clinic to put a check on infant mortality and improve baby care services.
A Hyderabad-based agency completed the survey in June and gave its go-ahead for setting up the clinic on the first floor of the newly constructed 100-bed sadar hospital building in Hazaribagh town.
The state government has already sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the project that will benefit thousands of people in six districts — Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra, Koderma, Giridih and Bokaro — of the region.
Deputy superintendent of the sadar hospital S.R. Dangi said the clinic would be launched with 16 beds and would have all advanced equipment — from warmers and ventilators to ultrasonography etc. — to ensure the best possible care for infants.
The four-storeyed building was constructed for Rs 4 crore after the heal hub was upgraded into a Regional Hospital in 2007.
However, it has been lying unused since 2012 in the absence of an elevator. Now, the administration has directed the agency involved in the construction of the building to install a lift too.
According to sources, the gynaecological department and the labour room will be set up on the third and the second floor of the new building, respectively. And, the newborn clinic will come up on the first floor. So, if required after delivery, a newborn can be sent to the facility for observation and treatment.
“Once the new clinic comes up, newborns will get the utmost care at the hospital free of cost,” Dangi said.