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Health secretary on first Jamshedpur visit orders streamlining of facilities in MGM Hospital

Jamshedpur, Feb 11: On his maiden visit to the city after taking over as the Health secretary, KK Soan inspected MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi and monitored the functioning of different departments on Thursday. He took a serious note of two ambulances lying defunct and ordered streaming of facilities.

The secretary was accompanied by the District Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar, Civil Surgeon Dr RN Jha Hospital Superintendent Dr Sanjay Kumar and other administrative officers. He held talks with the hospital superintendent regarding facilities and visited every ward. He noticed several flaws in the hospital and gave necessary guidelines to the concerned officials.

The contract employees also spoke to the health secretary and also listed the reasons for the hospital’s misery. Shortage of staff and timely delivery of valuable medicines were also reported to be a serious problem. The secretary listened seriously to their grievances and said that issues will be attended.

The secretary during the hour-long inspection also visited medicine and orthopedic wards and interacted with patients and took feedback about the treatment and foods served at the wards. 

 “During the inspection deputy commissioner several instructions were given and we have already started working on the directive and would try to streamline all the services,” said an official.

The hospital has departments like pathology, gynaecology, paediatrics, medicine, opthalmology, ENT, surgery and orthopaedics. But, due to lack of doctors and paramedical staff the orthopaedics and opthalmology units are lying defunct. Incidentally, health department allocates funds on different heads separately to hospitals and hospital management societies.

After MGM Hospital, Soan reached MGM Medical College directly. The secretary was accompanied by his entire team and the district deputy commissioner. After visiting the entire college, the secretary spoke to the principal on many issues and took detailed information about the classes that can be started in the college.

The MGMCH is a government hospital with a facility of 540 beds. Everyday around 1000 patients come here for treatment. Several times parts of the ceiling and windows have collapsed four times in the government hospital. Due to lack of repair work and attention of the authorities concerned, the condition of the hospital has deteriorated to a great extent.

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