The Telegraph
Thursday , August 14 , 2014
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Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital will be revamped with fresh beds and facilities put in place.

The Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore for the health hub’s new master plan. It would include construction of 2,000 new beds. At present, the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) has 400 beds.

Since its establishment 38 years ago, this would be the first major revamp for better services at the health hub.

As part of the master plan, an indoor stadium, playground, modern library, laboratories and hi-tech departments would be constructed. Sources said at present, officials are conducting spot-mapping on the campus and the construction would start in a couple of months.

Ahead of the renovation, the state health department would also fill 1,000 posts of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, tutors, junior doctors, nurses and other health personnel at the hospital.

The medical college principal, D.K. Sinha, said: “The recruitment process will start in October. Renovation of the hospital and college according to the master plan would help strengthen health services.”

A teacher of medicine, A.K. Das, said: “The Medical Council of India, time and again, has threatened to derecognise the SKMCH because of the government’s failure to fill vacancies. Once this is taken care of, the MCI’s threat would automatically cease. The council had taken a serious note of more than 47 per cent vacancies at the medical college and hospital.”

So, the proposal to recruit 28 professors, 86 associate professors, 174 assistant professors, 239 tutors and 214 junior doctors besides hundreds of nurses, technicians, and paramedics has been sanctioned.

Apart from this, the health hub has also decided to start a clinic for senior citizens so that they don’t have to wait in line at the outpatient department.

Superintendent G.K. Thakur told The Telegraph: “The hospital will start a special clinic for senior citizens from August 15. It would be open for two hours in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. This special clinic is being opened at the behest of the state government to heal the elderly and ailing who rush to the SKMCH but return disappointed. On an average, more than 2,500 people from the district and its adjoining areas visit the outpatient department daily. The elderly fail to get treated, as they cannot stand in the queues.”

Chandan Kushwaha, who lives opposite SKMCH, said: “Every other day there is a line of at least 2,000 people at the outpatient department. Lack of doctors really hits the functioning of the daily roster. If the vacancies are filled, this can be normalised and more people can avail of the healthcare system.”

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