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Team to heal ailing hospital

- DC order after Maji prod

Deputy commissioner (DC) Sunil Kumar has formed a five-member committee to identify maladies of Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital and prescribe remedies to revive the heal hub.

In a directive last week, the DC asked the committee, led by subdivisional officer Jugnu Minz, to take all necessary steps to improve facilities at the 220-bed hospital and ensure proper treatment for poor patients.

Other members of the team are civil surgeon Dr Dharamveer, district supply officer Awadh Narayan Singh, district programme officer Ajay Kumar and hospital deputy superintendent S.R. Dangi.

The district administration apparently woke up to the need for corrective measures after state women’s commission chairman Mahua Maji expressed shock over the dismal condition of the healthcare facility and brought the matter to the notice of the authorities concerned last month.

According to sources, the committee members have been asked to go for random inspections to keep tabs on the functioning of the hospital. Moreover, the team will prepare a fresh roster for doctors and keep eyes on those involved in private practice during duty hours.

This apart, the hospital authorities have been asked to ensure proper cleanliness and repair or replace defunct ultrasound, ECG and X-ray machines at the earliest.

The deputy commissioner has also ordered steps to prevent rogue elements from loitering around in the hospital. He asked the hospital to allow only two attendants to stay with admitted patients at night.

Further, the five-member team has been asked to ensure that the new 100-bed facility built on the hospital campus start functioning soon.

The DC has also taken note of complaints regarding medical representatives who throng out patient’s department during normal hours and disturb general patients.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Minz said all possible steps would be taken to improve the condition of the health hub. “Our priority is to improve the facilities and for that all steps will be taken. I will visit hospital once a week to see if directives are implemented properly, he added.

The sadar hospital receives 700-1,000 patients from Chatra, Koderma, Ramgarh and Giridih districts, apart from Hazaribagh, daily.