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NNFI team expresses need for better infrastructure facilities at MGM Hospital

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Jamshedpur, Sept. 19: A two-member team from National Neonatology Forum of India (NNFI) comprising Dr Ajay Gambhir and Dr Akhil Senegal on Tuesday visited paediatric ward at the state-owned MGM Medical College and Hospital at Sakchi in view of recent reports of death of large number of infants in July and August at the hospital. The team inquired about the infrastructure and manpower shortcomings at the hospital. The team also comprised Dr Ajit and Dr Rahul from Ranchi.

At the paediatric ward they also inspected the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit ( NICU), which had registered the maximum number of deaths. Dr Gambhir said that during inspection they found that NICU is far away from labour room and it should be near it. It will help to save life of the child at the time of birth if there is any complication. However, he noted facilities and infrastructure should be improved. He said that data on child care is being collected from across the State so that the facilities can be enhanced.

Hospital superintendent Bhartendu Bhushan also interacted with the team and gave information on facilities available. He admitted before the inspecting team that there are large-scale shortcomings in every field in the MGM Medical College Hospital. A lot needs to be done.

MGM Medical College and Hospital is a government hospital with the facility of 540 beds. Everyday around 1000 patients come here for treatment. It may be mentioned that State Government governed Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital, is an Indian medical school established in 1964. It is situated in the outskirts of Jamshedpur near Dimna. The college’s hospital is located in Sakchi.

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