Chief minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate a new emergency block and eye bank at the state’s biggest government health facility – Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) – on Monday.
The new emergency block at PMCH will add 100 more beds at the emergency wing of the hospital with the already existing 100 beds at the wing.
PMCH deputy superintendent R.K. Jamaiyar said the new 100-bed emergency block will include 40-bed intensive care unit (ICU) and 60 beds in the emergency. He said with the addition of 100 beds in the emergency wing, there will be a total of 200 beds in the emergency wing, which would give a much-needed relief to the medical facility overburdened with the inflow of patients.
“Right now, we have to accommodate 400–500 patients in the emergency wing even when we have paucity of beds. Many patients are forced to undergo treatment while lying on the hospital floor. We provide quilt to the patients. Patients, who have been bereft of beds, will benefit immensely with the addition of the beds at the emergency wing,” said Jamaiyar. He said the eye bank would be a boon. “We would soon start a corneal transplant procedure after the inauguration of the eye bank on Monday,” he added.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, health minister Mangal Pandey and health principal secretary, Sanjay Kumar, would be among the other dignitaries at the occasion. “The foundation day of the kidney transplant unit of the hospital would also be celebrated on the occasion,” said Jamaiyar.
The PMCH is the first government facility where a kidney transplant unit was first established (March 31, 1987) but it never saw the light of the day, while the procedure for a similar facility has already been started at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in March 2016. Jamaiyar assured that kidney transplants would be done at the hospital within a month or two.-Telegraph India