The Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) will have four modular operation theaters (OTs) within six months. The state health department has renewed its earlier plan to turn the existing operation theaters into state-of-the-art facilities in selected state-run medical college hospitals. The department recently approved Rs 18.89 crore for the modular OTs at PMCH. The project also includes modernization of the gas pipeline network and makeover of emergency department in the hospital. The plan assumes significance as no government hospital in Bihar has modular OT facility. The modular OTs with state-of-the-art equipment will help in performing critical surgeries, which are not possible in normal OTs. “The project will be implemented under the supervision of Bihar Medical Services Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL). It is expected to be completed till June 2019,” a BMSICL official said.
Dr Amar Kant Jha Amar, professor in dermatology department, said, “Most critical surgeries, such as kidney and hip transplants, can be performed only in modular OTs. The patients will be immune from post-surgery infection, which will ensure better healing after operation.” He said the existing OTs will be turned into modular OTs. “Unlike normal OTs, the modular ones will be equipped with latest surgery equipment, dressing room and emergency power backup,” he added. Earlier in 2014, the department had planned to establish modular OTs in seven medical college hospitals in the state. But the plan failed to take off due to administrative and finance-related hurdles.
As per the previous plan, two modular OTs were to be set up at PMCH, one each at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital at Gaya, Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital at Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital at Darbhanga and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital at Bhagalpur. Sources said there are 15 OTs in PMCH for performing surgeries. But these OTs need modern equipment and facilities. “The best thing with the modular OTs is that it is divided into four zones — protective, clean, aseptic and disposable — which reduce the chances of infection by 90 percent,” Dr Amar said. Health department officials also claimed that apart from PMCH, 11 modular OTs will be set up at Vardhman Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Pawapuri in Nalanda district at a cost of Rs 10.90 crore till May next year. – TOI