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Jamshedpur: Health minister inspects the site of an explosion in MGM hospital, directs DC for probe

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Jamshedpur, October 9: Jharkhand health minister and Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta inspected the site of explosion in MGM  Hospital and gave instructions to East Singbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar for investigation.

The minister reached the hospital at Sakchi on Saturday to today to take stock of the situation after the blasts in the 100-bed inflatable Covid-19 field hospital at MGM Hospital.

During this he inspected the spot and got information from MGM superintendent Dr Arun Kumar, he directed deputy commissioner and superintendent of MGM hospital to investigate the incident and take action against the culprits.

Minister Banna Gupta inspected the wards of the hospital, during which he got information about the health of the patients, as well as inquired about the quality of food and the presence of doctors.

Minister Banna Gupta himself saw the food to check the quality of the food.

Significantly, it is worth mentioning that some questions were being raised about the quality of the food, due to which Minister Banna Gupta himself went to the kitchen and saw the situation and checked the quality, along with the hospital superintendent and issued directions to maintain and monitor the quality of food.

He also inspected construction work and inspected the work of boundary wall of MGM along with parking being constructed inside and outside MGM Hospital.

The 100-bed inflatable Covid-19 field hospital awaiting inauguration on the premises of MGM Medical College and Hospital is embroiled in controversy after a PVC tarpaulin structure collapsed last evening due to some technical glitches.

Superintendent of MGM Hospital Arun Kumar and other senior doctors visited the site of the field hospital to know the reason for the mishap.

The 100-bed hospital meant only for Covid-19 patients was planned keeping in view  the possible third wave.

A Delhi-based firm – PT Medical Solutions – has completed erecting the inflatable structures made of fire retardant PVC tarpaulin on the premises of the Sakchi-based government  heal hub.

Officials of the firm said that some technical glitches led to the blast which caused damage to the inflated structures.

In all, there are four units. Each of the units comprises 25 semi-fowler beds.

The beds are ergonomically designed with backrest functions and collapsible side rails to ensure patient safety.

Such an inflatable field hospital has a life of 25 years and that it can be shifted anywhere as and when required.

The state health department had entrusted the job to American India Foundation ( AIF ) which roped in the Delhi-based firm for the hospital project.

Spread in around 12,000 sq ft area, the inflatable field hospital has 16 ICU beds with a ventilator facility, 30  oxygen-ready beds and 54 general ward beds which can be converted into paediatric and ICU beds instantly, in case of a possible third wave.

It also has a high-flow nasal cannula  (HFNC ) oxygen delivery system required for patients on ventilators and Manifold Gas Pipeline System ( MGPS ) which will ensure oxygen supply in every bed.

Officials of the health department said with the mishap the inauguration of the 100-bed hospital will be further delayed.

The health minister speaking to media admitted that prima facie it appears that technical glitches and substandard materials have been used in the construction of the inflatable modular ICU ward for Covid. He directed to conduct an inquiry and take action against the culprits. The minister said that the responsibility of investigating this matter has been given to the Deputy Commissioner and the hospital superintendent of the district. Further action will be taken only after the report of both.

Referring to the changes in the hospital system, the Health Minister said that the buildings and arrangements of MGM are changing gradually, which are initial. There will be a big change in the coming times. Work is being done on this in detail. 

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