The Govind Vallabh Pant District Hospital here got a gift of body cooler machine (used to preserve dead bodies that have come for post-mortem) on its 19th Foundation Day on Sunday.
The machine, donated by Depalpur MLA Manoj Patel from MLA fund, was inaugurated in presence of dignitaries, including Madhya Pradesh Khadi Gramodyog Sangh president and noted poet Satyanarayan Sattan, Director (Training and Nursing) from Department of Public Health and Family Welfare (Bhopal) Dr Ashok Sharma and Congress leader Ujagar Singh Chaddha.
Presiding over the function organised to observe the foundation day as ‘Seva Parva’, Sharma lamented the poor condition of district hospitals, not just this but many others in the state, where even emergency services are not available. “When a patient comes at odd hour at night, we are not able to attend him for lack of facilities. Who will take the responsibility of such gross mismanagement?” he asked.
Pointing out that the hospital’s sanctioned apacity of 300 beds has not been achieved even after 19 years, Dr Sharma said, “There is no paucity of funds for health schemes, what is lacking is vision to properly utilise the funds. The government
has even given the freedom to take work from local agencies but with transparency.”
“Even at a place like Dindori, which recently became a district, a 300-bedded has become operational, then why cannot be it done here? A combined effort coupled with good vision under able leadership is all that is needed to change the picture. Efforts are needed to be made and I feel somewhere down the line, even the government, which includes me, is responsible for neglecting this,” he added.
The district hospital stands today in place of a government dairy, thanks to a ‘fast unto death’ by Sattan in 1982 after which the then Chief Minister Arjun Singh agreed to open it here to bring down the load on M Y Hospital. The hospital was then formally inaugurated this day (January 14) 19 years ago. Addressing the gathering as the Chief Guest, Sattan remarked that the hospital’s condition has not improved anyway in last so many years.
“India is the country which proclaims ‘Sarve Santu Niramaya’ and we are still not able to help all patients, particularly from the lower economic strata. We should rope in local corporators, MLAs and MPs for the help of ‘daridra Narayan (the poorest of poor),” he added. Playing to the gallery with his wit and sarcasm, he also pointed out the irony that he was not called for the inaugural event 19 years ago.
Sattan promised to help with resources for hospital’s improvement in his official capacity and also put in a word to the Health Minister and the Chief Minister if needed.
Earlier, Civil Surgeon Subhash Dubey while speaking about the development of the hospital over last 19 years, told difficulties faced for improving the condition and about the present facilities available. Among other things he stated that the hospital has conducted 90 post mortems in last 2 months since the facility was started. The body cooler machine would mean a great help for the PM unit, he stated.
Chaddha observed “M Y Hospital always hogs the limelight and we don’t even have a boundary wall for the premises”, while senior advocate P K Shukla, who also spoke on the occasion, said public participation also necessary to bring about the desired change.
The body cooler machine donated today, the 5th in the city, can keep four dead bodies for nearly 3-4 days and it would be free of charge. Dr Gagan Gupta compered the programme while Dr Srivastava proposed the vote of thanks.