A major expansion of government-run Kanwatia Hospital is on the cards. A proposal has been sent to the state government for construction of buildings on 2100 square yards, which was allocated to Kanwatia Hospital by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation. “JMC has already allotted 2100 square land to Kanwatia Hospital. The land is adjacent to Kanwatia Hospital, where we are planning to construct wards and other facilities related to healthcare,” said Dr L Harshwardhan, superintendent, Kanwatia Hospital. Besides, Kanwatia Hospital has also written to the state government for allotting another piece of land, which is under JMC, for its expansion. It is a 200-bedded hospital, which is catering to population of Shastri Nagar, Jhotwara, Vidhyadhar Nagar and some parts of the Walled City area. During Zika outbreak, Kanwatia Hospital had played its key role in preventing its spread and also it has provided facilities for screening of suspected patients for Zika. The occupancy of beds is continuously increasing in the hospital with more facilities being developed in the hospital. The hospital has recently started its own blood bank.
Though, it is not providing separate component of blood like plasma and platelets but it is helpful for patients which require whole blood. Also, the hospital has strengthened its facilities for providing treatment to pediatric patients, who needs orthopedic treatment and also it has improved facilities for maternal care. The bed occupancy in the hospital is continuously increasing. It was 41 percent in January and in February, March, April, May, June and July, it was 41 percent, 44.6 percent, 48 percent, 52 percent and 60 percent, respectively. In September, the bed occupancy increased to 66.5 percent. Earlier, Kanwatia Hospital was under health directorate but now it has come under the fold of Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College. The SMS medical college is providing Kanwatia Hospital, its specialist doctors for improving facilities for the patients. Besides, every month, the hospital performs 50 to 60 cesarean deliveries, while it reports 160 to 170 normal deliveries every month. Every month, the outpatient department registers 50,000 to 60,000 patients. – TOI