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IGIC to Have 300 Beds by October Next

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology (IGIC) in Patna will have 300 beds as the construction of its new building is expected to be completed by October 2019. The cardiac care hospital currently has only 145 beds. The new building will have five operation theaters, two catheterization laboratories and medical and surgical intensive care units, each having 50 beds. Addressing a press conference on Monday, IGIC director Dr S S Chatterjee said, “It is the only super specialty hospital under Bihar government in terms of cardiac healthcare. Though the hospital lagged behind in terms of infrastructure and manpower in comparison with other reputed autonomous hospitals such as Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences at Patna, it will regain its reputation once again after the new building becomes functional next year.”

“Total 77,500 patients have registered in the outpatient department for various heart-related diseases from January 1 to December 15 this year. The hospital has conducted 33 open heart surgeries and 24 closed heart surgeries during the same period. Besides, 894 patients have been benefited with free of cost permanent pacemaker implantation during the period,” he said. The hospital will conduct atrial septal defect (ASD), an open-heart surgery, on Ajit Kumar, 18, on Wednesday under the central government’s Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). Ajit belongs to Bathuaha in Muzaffarpur district and was admitted to the hospital on December 12. Sources said the hospital has acute shortage of doctors, paramedical staff and nurses apart from infrastructure. Out of the total 628 approved posts, 219 are lying vacant. The hospital had sent a proposal to state health department in November to fill 1083 posts, but there was no response so far. Dr Chatterjee said, “The new building is G+9 and will have additional facilities such as seminar hall, auditorium and a library.” – TOI