The Government Multi Specialty Hospital Sector 16 (GMSH-16) is all set to go for a vertical expansion with UT adviser Vijay Dev laying foundation of the administrative block of the hospital on January 11. Following it, a state-of-the-art mother and childcare building will also be constructed which will cater to the increasing number of patients.
GMSH-16 is the oldest hospital of the city which was constructed to cater a maximum of 3.5 lakh people. But, with changing time, the number of patients increased manifold while the infrastructure was not expanded with the same pace.
“Around five years ago, a redesigning of the hospital was planned wherein it was decided that multi-storey blocks will replace horizontal structures of the hospital. Dismantling of the horizontal hospital buildings was planned in a phased manner,” said a health official.
In the first phase (2009-10), a new multi-storey OPD was constructed.
Now, in the second phase, an administrative block is scheduled to be constructed, the foundation stone of which will be laid by Dev on the said date.
The cost of construction of the block is around `15 crore and the completion of the project will take around 18 months.
Currently, UT health administration has its offices scattered all across the city such as the office of district family health welfare and the office of national health mission which is in Sector 22, state TB office in Sector 34, Malaria wing is in Sector 9 and AIDS office in Sector 15. However, the offices will not be shifted immediately after the construction as the health department has further expansion plans.
VK Gagneja, director, health services said, “On the completion of the block, the new OPD will be shifted there and MCH (mother and child healthcare) ward will be shifted to the new OPD. The vacated MCH ward will then be dismantled and a multi-storey building will be constructed,”
The whole purpose of starting the expansion is to come up with state-of the art Mother and Child care centre.
The 100 bedded gynaecology wards, registers around 150 admissions every day.
The result is that three women shares one bed in the gynaecology ward.