Tuesday, June 15, 2021

BCU of MGMCH not capable of handling critical cases: Central team

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Jamshedpur: The burn care unit of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital is all set for a revamp in order to accommodate and take effective care of serious burn patients in the near future.

The silver lining in the clouds became visible after a three member team of the Union Health Ministry paid an inspection visit to the BCU of the government hospital here on Saturday. The visit was conducted under the National Programme for Prevention and Management of Burn In India (NPPMBI), official sources informed.

The team, comprising Dr Piyush Tayal and Dr Harish Sharma from Safdarjung, New Delhi, and Dr VB Sinha, regional health director of Patna, inspected each part of the BCU and spoke to patients on various aspects and issues of burn care at the government hospital. The team members sought the feedback of the patients on the quality of medical care being provided to them at the hospital. They found out that the BCU was at present not capable of handling critical and major surgery cases.

During inspection, the team found out that the BCU was set up over an inadequate area. As per standard norms, the BCU should be set up over an area of 8062 square feet. But at present, the BCU has a total area of only 4600 square feet, the team members said.

During inspection, Dr Lalit Minz, officer in-charge of BCU, told the team members that the BCU has no Intensive Care Unit, OPD or Critical OT (operation theatre). Minz was accompanied by the principal of MGM Medical College Dr AC Akhouri and superintendent of MGM Hospital Dr AK Sinha.

After the inspection, the visiting doctors said they would be handing over the report to the Central government.

Based on the findings, steps would be taken to improve facilities in the BCU so that patients get better facilities. The 10-bedded hospital will also be upgraded into a 40-bedded hospital, the team members said.

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