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MCI test for health cradle

The scheduled visit of a Medical Council of India (MCI) team to Nalanda Medical College between May 15 and 30 has sent officials into a tizzy owing to employee crunch and lack of proper machines.

The team, after assessing findings, would renew permission to conduct postgraduate (PG) courses in medicine, paediatrics and others.

Though the MCI team, in its last visit, had pointed out deficiencies at the health hub, the college continues to grapple with problems.

A doctor of the medicine department said: “There is scarcity of monitors, electrocardiography machines, electromyograph devices and others. The administration has informed the health department many times about these deficiencies but nothing has been done.”

“There is a dearth of operating theatres and lack of faculty in our department,” said an orthopaedic.

“Last time, when the MCI team visited, they neither rejected nor accepted the degree (the PG course) but put on hold its recognition. One of the major problems cited by them was the absence of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scan machines. Both are still not available in the hospital,” said a doctor.

Sources said shortage of faculty remains a hurdle for continuation of PG course.

“There is around 18 per cent faculty shortage. The state government has recently appointed some faculty members on a contract basis but the MCI team might have a problem with this arrangement. The MCI team might ask why teachers could not be recruited on a regular basis?” said a faculty member of Nalanda Medical College.