HEALTH MINISTER Ajay Vishnoi on Wednesday assured the State Assembly that the cancer ward at the Hamidia Hospital will be converted into a 25-bed ward with all requisite facilities for patients before a Medical Council of India (MCI) team visits Gandhi Medical College (GMC) in two months time.
Replying to a debate on a call attention motion moved by Samajwadi Party MLA Dr Sunilam, Arjun Paliya and Vanshmani Prasad Verma on the strike of junior doctors in Hamidia Hospital in support of Radiotherapy Department’s students of Gandhi Medical College, he said the strike for upgrading the cancer ward into a 25-bed ward from the existing 10-bed was superfluous since all preparations had already been made for the purpose and students also knew about it.
He said the cobalt machine in the Radiotherapy Department was in working condition, but its radiation source had to be changed.
He added an amount of Rs 50 lakh was required for the purpose and efforts were being made to arrange the funds. He said the process for procuring Dosimeter was also underway and M P Laghu Udyog Nigam had been sent a proposal for purchase of the equipment.
The Minister denied that the linear accelerator, purchased at a cost of Rs 8 crore for Hamidia Hospital, was given away to the Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital and said the State Planning Board had been urged to allocate funds for purchase of linear accelerator machine not only for the Gandhi Medical College but also other medical colleges of the State as well.
CPM MLA Ramlakhan Sharma, however, insisted the machine was purchased for Hamidia Hospital and a room costing Rs 1 crore had also been constructed to keep the modern machine.
After it was imported, Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital ‘managed’ to take it away and was now administering radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients with this machine at a cost, which was the highest in the entire country.
The Minister, however, said poor patients referred to Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital from Gandhi Medical College were given free treatment under a MoU signed between the Hospital and the State Government.