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Grant for toilet repair; burns ward, ICU face neglect in Jalandhar

Jatinder Kohli , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, May 14, 2014
First Published: 10:22 IST(14/5/2014) | Last Updated: 10:26 IST(14/5/2014)

Even as the intensive care unit , burn ward , ventilators, air-conditioners and monitors are in a decrepit condition at the Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital for the past several months, the hospital authorities have decided to spend Rs. 50 lakh they got for renovation work on the whitewash of six wards and repairing just 24 toilets.

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The amount has been sanctioned by the state government against an estimated cost of Rs. 3 crore for the renovation work at the hospital. Moreover, the hospital has no specialist doctor, particularly at the ICU, due to which those suffering from heart and other serious ailments are being refer red to private hospitals.

The burns ward also needs attention. Of the 129 toilets at the civil hospital, only 24, including four for hospital staff, will be repaired with the state grant issued last week. Tenders worth Rs. 46.80 lakh were floated for renovation for which work has been started by a contractor.

Surprisingly, toilets of 10 private rooms which have been lying locked for the past few years in the old building, will also be repaired by the contractor with this grant.

On December 20 last year, the state health minister Surjit Kumar Jayani visited the hospital and expressed shock over the poor shape of the building.

The minister was unhappy with the sorry state of affairs after seeing leaking water pipes and blockage in sewerage. Even basic equipment like ventilators, air-conditioners and monitors were found non-functional.

After inspection, the minister had promised to develop it as a model hospital with state-of-theart infrastructure.

The minister called up the director of health services, Karanjit Singh, the same day after a team of engineers with the latter visited the hospital the next day and prepared a report.

A report was sent to t he health minister who got the chief minister to release Rs. 50 lak has grant . Director Dr Karanjit Singh asked to contact the Punjab Health Systems Corporation superintendent engineer Harlabh Singh Chahal, who said: “We want to revamp basic amenities first. This is just the first stage.”

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