Gaya MP Hari Manjhi has demanded the establishment of a cancer unit in Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College Hospital (ANMMCH), the lone tertiary hospital catering to the health requirements of nearly one crore people living in the five districts of Magadh division and neighboring Chatra and Koderma districts of Jharkhand. The hospital established five decades back does not have a separate cancer unit. The other deficit areas of the hospital include neuro surgery, cardiac intervention, burn rrinjury, psychiatry, nephrology and urology etc.
In a petition addressed to the Union health minister JP Nadda, the MP regretted delay in the establishment of a cancer unit in the all-important government hospital. The letter also reminded the union minister of his personal inspection and assurances on the issue. He also referred to assurances to make ANMMCH, a super-specialty hospital with state-of-the-art diagnostic and other facilities. Supporting the MP’s demand, RTI activist Brajnandan Pathak said in the absence of an oncology ward in the ANMMCH and infrastructure required for cancer treatment, most of the patients of the region have to go to Mumbai.
Incidentally, except for Howrah-Mumbai Mail, there is no direct train to Mumbai and Gaya quota in the train is inadequate. Moreover, there is no direct air link between Gaya and Mumbai. On account of infrastructure deficiencies and shortage of doctors, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has downgraded the Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College (ANMCH) and the permissible intake has been halved from the existing 100 medicos per year to just 50 in the academic session 2018-19. In the absence of proper toilet facilities, most of the attendants and other visitors have to defecate in the open in the sprawling hospital premises spread over about 50 acres.
The MP, in his letter also regretted the inordinate delay in the establishment of a trauma center in ANMMCH. Work for the establishment of the trauma center began about a decade back but it could not go beyond the plinth stage. On account of the hospital’s proximity to three national highways (NH-2, NH-82 and NH-83), incidence of road accident in the region is fairly high. According to a road safety activist Shamimul Haq, “About 500 road accidents needing hospitalization take place every year in Gaya district alone. Road accident figures of other districts of Magadh division are not readily available.” – TOI