Friday, December 8, 2023

Health secretary B. K Tripathy inspects MGM, promises better days ahead

Jamshedpur : State health department secretary B. K Tripathy, who on Sunday inspected State-run MGM Medical College and Hospital at Sakchi, promised better days ahead for the patients and medical staff. He interacted with patients assured to solve the drinking water problem plaguing patients and doctors alike within 10 days.

Meanwhile, addressing the medicos of MGM Medical College in Dimna he mooted plan for one-time promotion as an immediate step to meet the criterions of Medical Council of India (MCI) and thus ensure that the medical cradle 50 seats increased for its UG (read MBBS) courses.

Sources informed that a MCI team had given negative reports based on its inspection of the medical college in May this year and recommended its report to the MCI, to reduce the admission seats from existing 100 to 50 for the medical college primarily due to shortage of faculties.

Sources revealed that during inspection the MCI team frowned over inadequate number of professors at various departments like orthopaedic, surgery and ENT. The MCI officials also expressed concer over inadequate number of trained staff. Against a sanctioned strength of 376, the government medical college and hospital has near 80
trained staff.

The team first visited the hospital where they inspected the wards, Intensive Care Unit ( ICU) , CT scan , OPD and other facilities. They also took stock of kind of treatment offered to patients. The team members then inquired the hospital authorities about the doctor-patient ratio and other related things.

The MCI team then went to the medical college at Dimna, where apart from classrooms and laboratories they also took a look at the newly constructed autopsy room.

�We have proposed to increase the number of seats at the college. During the inspection, the team would also see whether seats could be increased with the existing facilities,” said Mishra.

The MGM Medical College at present can take 50 students. The college had applied to MCI for increasing the seats to 100.

During the last inspection, the MCI team pointed out several irregularities in the functioning of the hospital and the college. They directed the college authorities to take steps to plug the loopholes within a specified time frame.

It may be noted that the medical college had faced a de-affiliation threat in the 2004 inspection due to shortage of faculty members . But , over a period of time, the issue was addressed by the institution’s management and State health department. The hospital also set up an out-patients department, facility for CT scan and a
blood bank.

The college and the hospital administration was learnt to have asked the staff to keep things in order and adhere to the MCI-prescribed norms strictly, so that the MCI axe does not fall on any department.

The representatives of the statutory body, which grants affiliation to medical colleges across the country, visited MGM Hospital after a gap of nearly six years.

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