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Comatose state heal hub gets revival pill

- A crore spent to fix two-storey SSLNT Hospital building, water supply in the pipeline

The state government woke up to the needs of SSLNT Hospital in Dhanbad, which lay non-functional for almost a decade, by renovating its building.

The two-storey building of the hospital, a wing of the govt-run Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), situated at Bank More, was revamped by the state building division, work for which got over last week.

A largesse of Rs 1 crore was sanctioned by the government in September last year.

State building division executive engineer Manoj Kumar Mahli said it would take around six more months for the hospital to be functional.

Divulging details, Mahli said pipelines were yet to be laid. “We have planned to lay the pipelines with the help of drinking water and sanitation department in order to ensure round the clock supply at the hospital,” said Mahli.

Deep-boring is not possible in the area as the water table plunges faster here, he said.

Besides regular facilities such as the gynaecology and ophthalmology OPDs, the 150-bed state health hub will house six doctor chambers, an operating theatre and an emergency ward.

SSLNT Hospital was established as a private centre in 1962 and taken over by the government in the mid-Seventies and has since been a wing of PMCH where the gynaecology and ophthalmology departments functioned.

However, two departments were transferred from SSLNT Hospital to the main building of PMCH in Saraidhela in 2004, leaving this centre almost defunct.

After a petition was filed with the high court, PMCH administration started two OPDs in 2011. But, doctors hardly visited the centre till August last year when state health minister Rajendra Prasad ordered one gynaecologist and an ophthalmologist of PMCH to visit SSLNT Hospital daily.

“We will try to start the indoor facility of the gynaecology and ophthalmology departments at the renovated building very soon too,” said PMCH superintendent Kameshwar Bishwas.