MGM Medical College and Hospital, the state-run heal hub in Sakchi, Jharkhand which is often in the news for the wrong reasons, now has cause for cheer. The hospital procured 160 new adjustable beds, each of which on an average cost ₹40,000, via a local agency from Delhi, sponsored by the health department. Some beds, which have been modified for cardiac patients, for children or for delivery, cost more. As of now, new beds have been installed at the existing emergency ward, as well as the burn care unit, children’s and gynecology wards of the hospital’s new seven-storey building block that will be functional soon. Hospital superintendent S.N. Jha said they had bought all 160 beds for the new building block, but on their arrival, decided to replace 27 existing beds at the emergency department with new ones.
“The flow of patients here (emergency) is the maximum in this hospital. Moreover, we give priority to emergency,” Jha explained the reason. A senior administrative official of the medical college and hospital agreed that they wanted to ensure patients rushed to the emergency were made instantly comfortable. “So the worn-out beds here were replaced,” he said. Patients at the emergency agreed the new beds were far more comfortable. “I had come to the emergency two years ago too and had to lie down on a rickety bed. This bed is actually comfortable,” Manjit Singh Sidhu, 55, a patient suffering from high fever and stomach ache at the emergency ward, told this correspondent on Sunday. “Lying on this one actually feels like I am at home,” said the woman from Nanaknagar in Golmuri. “We are happy with positive patient feedback and will do our best to maintain bed and bed sheet hygiene,” said the administrative official. MGM hospital till recently had 520 beds, but with this new block, its bed capacity has gone up to 629. – Telegraph India