After a delay of more than a year, the super-speciality block of Government Rajindra Hospital was inaugurated by MP Preneet Kaur in the presence of Medical Education Minister OP Soni here today.
The Rs 150-crore ward, the first-of-its kind under the government sector, set off its OPD services from today.
In January 2013, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had proposed to upgrade the hospital under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana in the 12th plan period. And then Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad laid the foundation stone for the super speciality block on February 23, 2014.
Soni said, “It’s a major step towards better healthcare for the people of Punjab. With this, the entire Malwa belt will be benefitted.”
The Centre has got 14 super-specialty departments: cardiology, cardio-therapy and vascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, neonatology, gastroenterology, paediatric surgery, endocrinology, medical and surgical gastroenterology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation, neurology and nephrology.
DK Tiwari, Principal Secretary, Research and Medical Education, and Dr KK Talwar, Medical Education Adviser to the Chief Minister, were also present on the occasion.
After missing several deadlines, the new block of the Rajindra Hospital will start only eight of the total 14 specialty branches. Reason: The block is still facing several deficiencies even six years after the foundation stone was laid.
Moreover, only OPD services have been started so far, while the IPD (In-patient Department) services and Operation Theatre (OT) are yet to be made functional. It has been learnt that in many branches, super-specialist doctors have not even joined the department.
A doctor on the condition of anonymity said, “If surgeries can’t be performed due to lack of OT, what’s the use of the wards? OPD services of many branches that have been inaugurated here are already functional at the old block.”
MP Preneet Kaur said efforts were being made to make all wards fully functional. She said, “Within two months, the wards will be fully functional. People will not have to visit private hospitals to get better health facilities.-Tribune India