Bhopal: The Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, set up by the apex court to keep a watch on medical facilities being provided to survivors of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster, while referring to its visit to Indira Gandhi Women and Children Hospital on Sultania Road, presented a report before the Madhya Pradesh high court on December 18, 2019.
The monitoring committee said, “11 posts of medical officers and six posts of specialists, including that of radiologist, pathologist, medical and surgical specialists and blood bank officers were recommended to be filled up”. It was also recommended that posts as sanctioned should be filled up by regular channel.
It was not only a large number of vacancies of medical officers and specialists that the monitoring committee took note of, but also the fact that beds and bed sheets were also not available for indoor patients in the hospital.
The monitoring committee further recommended that the indoor patient department (IPD) be furnished by providing necessary cots/beds and the repair of damaged and useless cots/beds should be undertaken on an urgent basis. It also stated that lockers, benches and sufficient number of bed sheets be also provided.
The committee also recommended that a separate medicine distribution counter for specially-abled and senior citizens should also be opened in the hospital premises.
Following a visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital, which is the first gas relief hospital in Bhopal, the monitoring committee once again underlined the need to urgently fill up the posts of specialists/ medical officers and pointed out that if the gas relief department adopted the service rules of public health and family welfare in letter and spirit, it could be done with ease.
“Service rules of the public health and family welfare department have been adopted by the department of gas relief and rehabilitation. They should be implemented in letter and spirit and necessary steps for filling up the vacant posts of doctors and staff by regular channel should be taken up with urgency”, said the committee headed by retired high court judge Justice V K Agrawal.
The monitoring committee further recommended that the posts in the hospital scrapped by the gas relief department should also be restored.
The committee also recommended bio-metric attendance of doctors and stated that staff should ensure action is taken for non-compliance.
The monitoring committee also took note that C-arm table, digital X-ray and ultra-sonography machines were not available and recommended that they should be made available to the hospital opened as far back as 1985 for medical care of gas disaster survivors.-Times Of India