The Rs 60 lakh sanctioned by Rajya Sabha member Naresh Gujral under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme for revamping the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital has not been utilised till date.
The ICU, located on the third floor of the building, lacks basic infrastructure. Patients visiting the civil hospital are either kept at the trauma care centre, which is being used as a makeshift ICU.
Dr Keelash Kapoor, medical superintendent of the civil hospital, said, “The items for which the fund has been earmarked cannot be installed as the unit currently lacks basic infrastructure to get such sophisticated equipment installed.”
“A different proposal has been made and soon tenders will be floated for carrying out work at the ICU and upgrade it so that the funds allocated by the MP could be utilised properly. At present, we are unable to use the funds as the ICU is in a shambles and needs repair,” he said.
Of the total Rs 60 lakh sanctioned for revamping the ICU, Rs 15 lakh was allotted for the purchase of medical gas pipeline system, Rs 30 lakh for buying two ventilators, Rs 5 lakh for non-invasive ventilators, Rs 4 lakh for bedside X-Ray and Rs 6 lakh for ultrasound echo machine.
In May, the civil hospital received around Rs 50 lakh for building renovation, but it seems that this money has gone down the drain. The repair work of 24 toilets that was included in the tender has only aggravated the patients’ problems with construction material scattered in front of all the toilets, broken wash basins and leaking taps.
The burns unit also was to be renovated but it lies in a dilapidated condition.
Civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan said, “Recently, a central team comprising experts visited the civil hospital and inspected the renovation work at the burns unit. As the building was found unsuitable for new equipment, it has been decided that a new floor will be constructed atop the trauma care centre for building a new burns unit.”
Keeping in view the poor condition of the civil hospital and delay in allocation of substantial funds by the government, the chief minister had issued a letter to the hospital authorities saying they could demand funds under the MPLAD scheme.