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MGM Hospital Jamshedpur faces multiple operational and infrastructure challenges

Himalayan Paths

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, June 8: In response to the growing public grievances concerning MGM Hospital in Jamshedpur, the Deputy Commissioner of the district, Vijaya Jadhav, has taken immediate action to address the issues and restore efficient medical services. To effectively monitor and rectify the shortcomings within the hospital, a high-level inquiry team has been formed.

The investigation team comprises seven officers and 28 employees who have been assigned to conduct inspections between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM in the afternoon, as well as from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM at night. Their findings will be reported directly to the Deputy Commissioner, aiding in the resolution of the public’s concerns.

Based on the report submitted by the inquiry team, several lapses and deficiencies were identified within the hospital.

One of the most concerning findings is the non-functioning CT Scan machine, which has remained inoperative for an extended period, posing a significant obstacle to accurate diagnostic procedures. Similarly, the camera and printer of the X-Ray machine have been dysfunctional for several months, hindering the timely processing of crucial medical images.

Moreover, the hospital is currently facing a distressing situation with approximately 40 split air conditioning units, which have been out of order for an extended period. This has resulted in discomfort and distress for both patients and staff, particularly during the sweltering summer months.

During an inspection conducted on May 31, 2023, it was discovered that five outsourced workers were absent from their assigned duties. The newly selected agency responsible for managing these workers has also failed to provide them with the necessary identification cards, causing further administrative complications.

The X-Ray department and various wards are plagued by leaking roofs, creating an unsanitary and potentially hazardous environment for patients and staff alike. Additionally, the unavailability of a key has rendered one of the hospital’s five ambulances unusable, limiting the hospital’s ability to provide prompt emergency medical services.

The blood bank at MGM Hospital is also facing a critical shortage, with only 150 units recorded during an inspection on June 3, 2023. This scarcity has raised concerns about the hospital’s ability to meet the transfusion needs of patients in critical condition.

Staffing issues further compound the challenges faced by MGM Hospital. Despite the sanctioned posts for 20 dressers, only one dresser is currently employed, leading to an increased burden on technicians who are compelled to fulfill this role in addition to their regular duties.

Another alarming revelation is the inadequate disposal of bio-waste, as reported by an external supervisor. It has come to light that bio-waste is not being collected on Sundays, potentially jeopardizing the hospital’s hygiene and overall safety standards.

While some signage is present within the hospital premises and other designated areas, additional signage is required to ensure clear and effective communication, guiding patients and visitors throughout the facility.

During an inspection on June 4, 2023, unclean bed seats were observed in the Emergency Ward, which were allocated to 2-3 patients. Such unsanitary conditions not only compromise patient comfort but also raise concerns about the overall cleanliness and hygiene practices within the hospital.

Furthermore, the increased patient load has led to beds being arranged in corridors as an alternative arrangement. However, the lack of fans in these areas has caused significant discomfort for patients, exacerbating their already challenging health conditions. The Deputy Commissioner clarified that MGM Hospital’s medical and management systems are not being adequately prioritized. Furthermore, proper supervision is lacking, resulting in significant inconvenience for patients from remote and rural areas. This negligence demonstrates irresponsible behavior on the part of the MGM Superintendent. The superintendent has been given 24 hours to provide an explanation as to why administrative action should not be taken against them.

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