The Telegraph
Tuesday , April 10 , 2012
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Fresh clamour for ICU in Dhubri

Dhubri, April 9: Many organisations have raised a fresh demand for an ICU at Dhubri civil hospital following deaths in recent months because of lack of life-support amenities.

The hospital caters to the needs of more than 20 lakh population. Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is about 290km from here.

A source in Dhubri Medical College Demand Committee said in view of the distance, a medical college was sanctioned in the existing Dhubri civil hospital but it would take not less than five years to come up. An ICU was the need of the hour to cope up with emergency medical services, he said.

A medical college in Diphu will be the first to be constructed and then works of three more medical colleges at Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur and Dhubri would start simultaneously, sources said.

Convener of the Dhubri Medical College Demand Committee, Abdul Warish, who was also superintendent of Dhubri civil hospital, strongly supported the demand for an ICU in the hospital. He said it was urgently required to meet the needs of patients who require emergency treatment.

“A six to eight bed-ICU could be set up with Rs 50 lakh only and by the time a medical college comes up, it could be highly beneficial for residents of Dhubri and neighbouring districts,” Warish added.

Warish said minimum requirements for an ICU are oxygen support systems, ventilators, monitors and a few other small requirements which cost around Rs 50 lakh.

President of the Dhubri district unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), Alok Bardhan, said because of lack of ICU in Dhubri civil hospital, many patients had died recently and among them mostly were heart patients.

“We are going to meet health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to place the demand for an ICU unit in the hospital immediately and urge him to start work for a medical college soon,” Bardhan added.

Dhubri district president of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) said they were preparing a memorandum to be submitted to Sarma through Dhubri deputy commissioner and Dhubri joint director of health services tomorrow.

President of the Dhubri district unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Ranjit Roy, said they had been criticising the mismanagement and poor medical care services in the hospital.