THE MEDICAL Education Department has sanctioned the doubling of the budget for purchase of medicines at the Hamidia Hospital to Rs 2 crores.
Medical Education Secretary S R Mohanty gave this information during a high-level meeting held on Friday evening. This increase in budget would help ease out the situation as regards medicines availability at the hospital, particularly for poor patients.
In another major decision, it was announced that pathology facilities at the hospital would function for 24 hours from now on, benefiting patients who need services at odd hours. The secretary medical education also instructed Gandhi Medical College (GMC) authorities to increase the number of security staff on the college and hospital campus, so as to prevent recurring incidents of clashes between relatives of patients and junior medical staff.
Mohanty also issued strict instructions to maintain a high level of cleanliness in the hospital. He said hospital linen would be changed compulsorily in 24 hours and general cleanliness would be maintained especially in general wards where the situation is normally very bad.
The cleanliness contractor during meeting said that mechanical cleaning would be started at 23 points in the hospital.
The secretary further directed college authorities to invite private hospitals and health setups to dispose their biomedical waste through the incinerator installed in the Hamidia Hospital premises and charge some fees from them.
This amount could then be utilised to pay the fees to the MP Pollution Control Board, he said. He also directed the contract of the employees who performed well should be extended for a year. The budget was also sanctioned for infrastructure upgrading of the dean’s office.
Divisional Commission K K Singh, who is chairman of the College Development Council of the GMC urged doctors to provide quality medical services to poor patients. District collector Sanjay Kumar Shukla, who is also chairman of the District Red Cross Society, proposed to set up a Red Cross Medical Shop on the premises of the hospital if provided proper space. This medical shop would provide medicines at reasonable rates to the patients.
Dean Dr Nirbhay Shrivastava assured that proper space would be provided for this purpose.