Lack of men, machines make new Jalandhar children’s hospital a non-starter

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2016 15:27 IST
The new mother and child care centre in Jalandhar. (HT Photo)

The mother and child care centre was inaugurated by health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on April 18 but it has still not been opened to public for want of equipment and staff.

The outpatient department (OPD) services could not be started in the new building as the civil hospital authorities have invited tenders for the purchase of furniture. But now the strike by clerical staff has become another problem.

However, the authorities are also running short of funds and have sought the help of the deputy commissioner.

At a meeting of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti, the health officials informed the Samiti about the equipment to be purchased, including the operation theatre’s table that costs `40,000 to `50,000. There is need for four operation tables.

Then, the deputy commissioner himself showed interest in donating a table and representatives of the Sai Sewa Samiti also promised to deliver OT tables.

“The availability of equipment is a must to start the centre as we can somehow manage with shortage of staff,” said a doctor.

The doctor said that some electric work is also pending that would take another week to be completes. Eleven ACs have been installed in the gynaecology and paediatric OPD rooms of the building. However, operation theatres and the sick newborn care unit (SNCU) have the facilities of centralised ACs.

On Friday, a team comprising medical superintendent Veena Pal, civil surgeon Kailash Kapoor, senior medical officer Dr Sangeeta Kapoor and administrative staff visited the building and took stock of the equipment.

The engineering wing had reportedly written to the hospital authorities to take over the building, but officials concerned are not interested.

Medical superintendent Dr Veena Pal said they were trying to start the centre as soon as possible.

She said that the strike by the clerical staff hindered the work of allotting tenders for equipment.

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