99-yr-old Amritsar hospital to be converted into community health centre

  • Divya Sharma, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 15:04 IST
A view of the Princess of Wales Zenana Hospital; and (right) the foundation stone of the hospital at Dhab khatikan in Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

To provide better medical facilities and preserve the British-era building, Princess of Wales Zenana hospital at Dhab Khatikan in Amritsar being upgraded into a community health centre (CHC) under the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). The foundation stone of the hospital was laid by lady Chelmsford on April 16, 1917.

Giving details, Dr Prabhdeep Kaur Johal, deputy medical commissioner-cum-nodal officer of NUHM said, “The idea is to put a soul in to the building without tempering with the original structure and also provide better medical facilities. We will ensure that facilities such as a proper labour rooms, operation theatres, more outpatient departments (OPD) and plenty of medical furniture are provide to the patients,” adding, “It will take a year to complete the process.”

Under the plan, the interior of the 99-year-old hospital would be changed, giving it a modern approach while preserving the old British things.

The hospital shall be administered collectively by the municipal corporation (MC) and officers of the NUHM.

The estimated expenditure for the project has been made at `2.34 crore provided by the state government to Punjab Health Systems Corporations.

Moreover, surgeons, gynaecologists and paediatricians will also be brought on board to provide health services as at present, only normal delivery cases are handled in the hospital along with a functional morning OPD.

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