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Patients suffer, Govt Hospital Gandhi Nagar lacks basic facilities: Bhalla
1/22/2020 11:13:00 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 22: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today expressed serious concern over staff crunch and lack of basic infrastructure facilities and medicines in all the urban health centres in Jammu city thereby defeating the purpose of their establishment. He said that these centres were opened in the city by the Health Department under the National Urban Health Mission to provide better healthcare facilities to residents but all these centres are reeling under shortage of infrastructure and staff. The primary objective of setting up these centres was to provide basic and primary healthcare facilities to the door steps of the people, particularly those having financially poor background, thereby curtailing the need to travel to the Government Hospitals Gandhi Nagar, Sarwal and other hospitals even for minor health issues. These centres have failed to cater to the health requirement of urban poor people to their full capacity due to the negligence of the health authorities which have failed to provide even basic infrastructure in these health centres what to talk of providing medicines and required staff.This was stated by former Minister after visiting Rajiv Gandhi hospital along with former chairman JMC Satish Sharma, Ex Sarpanch Shamsher Singh, Panch Karan, Samrat Badyal, Sodagarmal Bittu, Sonu Verma beside other prominent persons.
Bhalla expressed serious concern over the higher number of casualties of children in SMGS Hospital Jammu during past two months and sought immediate steps to ascertain causes behind these casualties with urgent corrective measures to prevent further loss of precious lives.
Bhalla in this regard slammed BJP Govt for its failure to make the new maternity hospital at Gandhi Nagar functional. He said that still there are no emergency facilities in Gandhi Nagar Hospital. Every time a critical case comes, it is automatically referred to GMC Bakshi Nagar. Besides, they do not have either the proficient staff or infrastructure to save the patient. So, why should people come in a serious critical condition to such a place when they have only few minutes to live ? .He regretted that at Gandhi Nagar Hospital in Neonatologist, Endocrinologist units only one general surgeon, only one ENT surgeon only one child specialist available,NEKO is not functioning properly, no satisfactory functioning of lab during evening time , CT Scan & Ultrasound are not done in evening, no surgical procedure after 4p.m, no Neuro surgeon available, no theater available ,no ortho surgery or fracture treated during evening time.
PCC leader further said that Govt Hospital Gandhi Nagar & Rajiv Gandhi Hospital in spite of funds made available by UPA Govt and GN Azad, were not made functional. He called for upgradation of Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, upgradation of CT Scan machine in Gandhi Nagar hospital, starting the facilities of Dialysis and upgradation of Labour Room etc.
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