154-year-old hospital to get a dose of renovation

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  • Published 2.12.08

Dec. 2: A 154-year-old healthcare institution in Nagaon will get a Rs 1.4-crore facelift that will equip it with the best in maternity and baby care facilities, besides a unique centre of alternative medicine.

Established in undivided Nagaon in 1854 by American Baptist missionary Miles Bronson with help from then magistrate Paramananda Gogoi and later named after Quit India movement martyr Bhogeswari Phukanani, the hospital has been one of the most reliable healthcare addresses in the district.

But an ageing system and lack of modern facilities undid a lot of good intentions.

Armed with the substantial funds released by the National Rural Health Mission, the hospital is ready to plunge into a major renovation project.

“The existing administrative building will be newly designed and computerised. The unfinished maternity ward will be completed and a 25-bed baby care unit will be set up on the same campus. A separate building at the back of the hospital will be built for the AYUSH centre,” hospital superintendent Dilip Bhattacharjee said.

AYUSH stands for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy — alternative modes of treatment, in a nutshell.

Nagaon deputy commissioner J. Balaji said as the plan stands now, the maternity ward will be upgraded to a 75-bed three-storey complex with the latest technology.

He said the ground floor of the maternity hall has already been completed with a separate financial grant from the health mission and will be opened within a month.

“Records, along with the history of the patient’s ailment, will be stored in computers. Computerised slips, detailing the availability of prescribed medicines which the patient can get free of cost at the hospital, will be also be available. This will hopefully bring an end to the frequent allegations that patients do not get free medicines,” Balaji said.

An NGO was deployed seven months back for disposal of hospital waste. The blood bank and surgical building have also been renovated and an eight-bed sophisticated eye operation theatre been established with earlier grants.

“We are trying our level best to provide improved service at the hospital,” a health department official said.