The government Rajindra medical college and hospital, which has often remained in headlines for wrong reasons, will have an opportunity to bring about a positive change in its image, thanks to the approval of a plenty of funds to improve facilities and infrastructure at its premises.
Health facilities in the region's only super-specialty hospital will surely get a shot in the arm as hospital authorities are set to get funds worth `31.95 crore from the central government.
Besides, the hospital authorities have also sent a proposal to the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase seats in the post-graduate (PG) medical courses.
Earlier on November 1, the central government had approved a hefty grants of `150 crore under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) for upgradation of the hospital and to equip it with state-of-the-art facilities to provide advance tertiary level health care to the people of the region.
Sprawling over 100 acres, the hospital was inaugurated in 1954 and had earned a reputation in the region over the years. However, the hospital authorities have been drawing flak for poor super-specialty facilities, dismal infrastructure, financial crisis, shortage of doctors, sheer mismanagement and indiscipline prevailing in the hospital premises for the past several years.
Principal of the medical college, Dr KD Singh said the awaited funds are part of the ` 46 crore grant as announced by the Centre aimed at increasing post-graduate (PG) seats and creating better infrastructure and facilities for the students and patients as well.
"The grant will be released to the hospital possibly in February as indicated by higher authorities in a meeting held at New Delhi on January 6" , he said.
Last year also, the hospital authorities had received a grant of around `four crore which was spent on providing modern equipments and machines in different departments, he informed
"With around `180 crore of grants in the hospital's kitty in near future, the main focus should be overhauling of the existing equipments and infrastructure, besides ensuring ultra- modern super specialty facilities for better treatment of several serious ailments", he said.
Singh said the hospital also plans to start 18 super specialization fields, for which a draft proposal has been prepared, in the coming months, besides starting the master of chirurgical (MCH) and doctorate in medicine (super-specialty) courses.
"Moreover, we have already sent a proposal to the state government and MCI for increasing 72 PG seats in different departments from the upcoming academic session. The MCI team is yet to hold an inspection in this regard", he said. At present, the medical college has 133 PG seats.