Taking cognisance of the delay in the completion of 50-bedded mother and child care centre at the Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital which has already missed its completion deadline of October 31, the health department is imposing a fine of `35,000 on the Bathinda-based company everyday.
Now, January 31 has been fixed as the new deadline for the completing the work at the mother and child care centre which is coming up at a cost of `8.73 crore.
The centre’s construction started in April last year and it was to be completed within 15 months. The then health and family welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal had announced five such centres in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Patiala and Amritsar.
The centre will have new facilities such as a special newborn care unit (SNCU), intensive care unit (ICU), two operation theatres, an isolation ward, six private rooms, separate outpatient departments (OPD) of gynecology and pediatrics, a general ward, offices and rooms for doctors, staff nurses, separate bathrooms and a canteen.
A senior health department official said the centre will have specialised facilities for providing high-quality healthcare services to mothers and newborns at these government hospitals.
The official further said the delay was caused due to unavailability of sand in the state owing to to ban on mining a few months back.
Another major reason behind the delay was trucks, tractor-trolleys bringing sand, iron, bricks, cement and other construction material only during the night due to a heavy rush of patients and volume of traffic at the hospital in the daytime, the official said.
Executive engineer GS Sandhu said, “January 31 has been fixed as the completion date of the centre and the department is reviewing construction work on the daily basis.”
A doctor at the civil hospital said the health department should also start the process of hiring staff for the centre at the earliest.
The doctor said presently the maternity ward of the hospital has only 40-bedded facility due to the ongoing construction.
Data reveal that the civil hospital had carried out the highest number of delivery cases in Punjab last year. Last year, a total of 3,617 delivery cases were carried out here from April 1 to December 31, an average 13 cases a day.