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Special wings for hospital

Muzaffarpur, Aug. 4: Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital has started work towards setting up six super-speciality departments at the health hub.

Last month, the government took the decision to start neurosurgery, cardiology, nephrology, neurology, radiotherapy and geriatrics departments in each of its medical college and hospitals. On July 29, The Telegraph reported that the health department fixed September 15 as the deadline for the outpatient wings. The indoor services would have to be started by December.

The Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) superintendent, G.K. Thakur, said: “Necessary formalities has begun for the project. Walk-in interviews to recruit doctors for the departments will start this month. The health department has fixed September 15 as the deadline to start the outpatient departments.”

He added: “Principal secretary, health, Deepak Kumar has taken a keen interest in setting up these super-speciality departments. The necessary formalities to sanction at least 300 posts of doctors and paramedic for the same are being completed.”

Residents and public representatives of north Bihar, particularly Muzaffarpur, have been demanding these departments at the health hub because of rush of patients with cardiac, kidney or neurological ailments.

Mohammad Shagir, a patient admitted to the hospital, said: “The government’s decision to start the super-speciality department is commendable. Now, patients suffering from kidney, heart or neurological ailments would not have to be referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital. Several patients of kidney, heart or brain haemorrhage die while being rushed to Patna.”

Transport minister Ramai Ram, who is from Muzaffarpur and represents the Bochahan Assembly segment, also said: “I had exerted pressure on the chief minister to set up the super-speciality departments. Now, the time has come and the health department is serious in completing the project.”

Bihar Medical Infrastructure Medical Services Corporation will start constructing the necessary structures for the departments. Superintendent Thakur said there is abundant land on the hospital premises and process to select the sites was finalised by the officials concerned last month.