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Fully operational SSH distant dream

india Updated: Jul 17, 2013 20:11 IST
Navneet Dubey

It appears that apathetic approach of authorities concerned and paucity of funds is holding back the full operationalisation of Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) at Jammu.Public will have to wait much longer to avail the indoor facilities in the partially-operational SSH.

The SSH became partially functional on May 5 when its Out Patient Department (OPD) was thrown open to public. The authorities at the helm that time assured that indoor facilities too will be added in next fortnight.

The SSH was opened after a huge outcry from public, as it failed to meet deadline even after repeated extensions. The foundation stone of SSH was laid on 2004. In order to silence those voices, SSH could barely start operations on 'trial basis' on May 5.

The government shifted six departments viz. cardiology, cardiothoracic vascular surgery (CTVS), neurology, nephrology, neurosurgery and urology from Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Jammu. Nearly 4,700 patients attended OPDs in May and June at SSH. Even after 73 days, barring a facility of dialysis nothing new has been added in the hospital.

Going by the lack of infrastructure and medical equipment in SSH, there is no possibility that indoor facilities will start in near future.

Also, there is shortage of faculty, helpers and other associated staff in SSH.As per sources, SSH lacks sufficient number of ventilators. As of now, there are only two ventilators in the hospital and it requires 25-30 ventilators. The process for procuring ventilators will take at least six months.

There is no oxygen concentrator in SSH and as a temporary measure 200 oxygen cylinders are to be procured and for that too no supply order was issued and nor there are funds for making the payments for the same.

At SSH, there is no diagnostic laboratory, equipment nor funds have been earmarked till date to purchase equipment.On the delay in starting of indoor facilities in SSH, minister for medical education Taj Mohi-ud-Din said, "We are adding the facilities gradually in the SSH.

It is like building a house where one has to add small items to order to give it complete shape. I hope that in a month's time, indoor facilities will start at the SSH."

On the shortage medical equipment, Taj said, "We have shortage of some medical equipment in neurosurgery and neurology departments and the situation will improve soon."

"We are also procuring the necessary items from sister organisations. In case of ventilators, 22 ventilators were lying idle in SSH and were shifted to GMCH some time back. Now eight of those will be brought back to SSH," he added.

On the paucity of funds in SSH, the minister said, "There no such thing like paucity of funds. We get sanction of funds under various heads."

It seems that going by the situation on the ground, patients in need of indoor treatment will have to wait much longer.