The Telegraph
Monday , May 6 , 2013
Since 1st March, 1999

Drugs focus for new health hub boss

- Ray of promotion hope for nurses, pledge to continue good work for hospital

Making all essential drugs available at the Patna Medical College and Hospital store tops the list of priorities of its new superintendent Dr Amar Kant Jha Amar.

The Telegraph had reported in its April 29, 2013, edition that only four of the 64 drugs listed by the health department as “essential” are available at the hospital medicine store. According to norms, all the drugs should be available. On Thursday, Amar said his first priority would be to ensure that the essential drugs are available at the PMCH medicine store.

“We shall try our best to ensure that patients at PMCH do not suffer because of lack of medicines,” he said.

The superintendent said he had convened a meeting of all the heads of departments (HoDs) to discuss this matter. “I have asked the HoDs to make a list of the drugs that are unavailable at the hospital at present. We would compile the list and send it to the health department. They would have to procure the drugs,” said Amar.

Praising his predecessor Dr Arjun Singh, Amar said he would continue with the good work. “Dr Singh had taken some very good initiatives, like the sanitation drive inside and outside the hospital. He had also started checking the quality of food served to patients. I would like to continue with these,” said Amar.

The superintendent said the sanitation drive Singh had started had been set aside at some places and stopped at others. To restart it, Amar took the employees concerned to task. “I gave a piece of my mind to some of them and asked them to pull up their socks. Sanitation is an important aspect of any hospital. We won’t compromise with it,” he said.

The PMCH boss has also shown a ray of hope for nurses who have been working at the hospital without a promotion for 30 years. “We would send the names of nurses who should get assured career promotion to the health department,” he said. “There are many nurses at the PMCH who have been working for more than 30 years but have not been promoted. They have been demanding promotions for a long time. We recently learnt that the hospital has to identify the employees who should be promoted. So, we shall send a list to the health department.”

This initiative would also help the health hub. “There is a crisis of paramedical staff at the PMCH. We would inform the health department about it and ask them to recruit more nurses for the hospital,” he said.

Amar has already taken a few initiatives since assuming the post of superintendent on April 30. Last Thursday, he got a few fans installed at the emergency ward after learning that there was none. He also installed a few additional CCTV cameras on the premises.

Amar’s deputy Dr Bimal Karak is all praise for him. “Dr Amar is very co-operative. Our team is very strong. We have decided that we would give more emphasis to four fronts — availability of drugs, sanitation, security and promotion of the nurses,” he said.