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Thursday , June 7 , 2012
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Destitutes left in lurch

Cuttack, June 6: Uncertainty looms over the inauguration of a dedicated ward for destitute patients at SCB Medical College and Hospital.

On May 26, authorities decided to inaugurate the much-needed speciality ward. However, it was again postponed to another month.

Sources said the delay was mainly because of lack of co-ordination between various departments and doctors. However, the authorities said all groundwork to set up the special ward had been over and it would be inaugurated after rath yatra.

“Because of heat wave and lack of attendants, deployed by various NGOs, there has been a delay in inaugurating the destitute ward. We hope that all the necessary infrastructure and manpower would be arranged by next month,” said senior hospital manager Srikanta Mahapatra.

Mahapatra said two voluntary organisations had earlier agreed to provide adequate attendants to look after the destitute undergoing treatment at the hospital.

However, till now, the hospital is yet to receive the Group D employees.

For the first time, a ward dedicated to those patients, who are left by their relatives or rescued by voluntary groups, will be set up at SCB.

Official sources said over 25 destitute patients were admitted to various departments at the hospital and taking care of them had always remained a big challenge as already there was a shortage of Group D employees.

All such problems are likely to get over as provisions have been made to start the ward with 30 beds initially. The dedicated ward would come up at the renovated building of pulmonary diseases ward.

Recently, a voluntary group faced problems in seeking adequate treatment for a 73-year-old man, who had been injured in a road accident in Jajpur, because of lack of co-ordination among the SCB departments.

This incident had also raised question over the functioning of the existing trauma care centre that was inaugurated in January to provide emergency treatment to the poly trauma cases.

Apart from this, unidentified accident victims, mentally challenged and old persons with disabilities are admitted by various NGOs.

The state-run premier health institute registers a daily attendance of over 2,000 patients at the outpatient department.

The hospital is struggling to provide round-the-clock service to the destitute.