In less than 24 hours, Haryana health minister Anil Vij made a second surprise visit to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (PGIMS), Rohtak, and raised questions over the planning and architecture of the newly-constructed trauma centre of the state's biggest medical institute and constructed during the previous Congress government's regime in 2008.
"Despite Rohtak being the home town of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the trauma centre is an example of poor architecture and wrong planning as the building is not constructed as per the requirements of the patients, doctors and staff members. The trauma centre has been constructed with public money, but it has missed the motive of serving the people," Vij said.
Raising a question over the working of previous government, Vij said the construction of the trauma centre stared in 2008 and it should have been complete in two years, but it could not be made operational by 2013.
Vij also inspected lifts in the trauma centre and expressed dissatisfaction over the works. He even found error in the architecture of the centre saying that the toilets had been constructed outside and it was difficult for the patients to cover the distance. He also asked vice-chancellor OP Kalra to make appointments of "Patient Friend" by setting up separate help counters for the convenience of patients. He said the "patient friend" would be posted in the outpatient departments (OPDs), emergency and other places in the hospital.
Replying to a question about the problems to staff and infrastructure being faced by the PGIMS management, the health minister assured that he would soon hold a meeting with health department's additional chief secretary, director general, vice-chancellor and director of the PGIMS to resolve the issues. Vij also assured to initiate work on a separate passage for ambulances.
He said the interview process was on for the recruitment of 761 doctors. Besides, the process to appoint 100 dental surgeons and 2,800 paramedical staff has also been initiated, he added.
The health minister said the state government had identified hospitals of five districts to set up path labs. The government was also making efforts for the availability of MIR, CT scan and dialysis machines in every district hospital.
VACCINATION DETAILS THROUGH SMS
Vij said that vaccination details of newborns in government hospitals would be given through SMSes on mobile phones. The process to prepare birth and death certificates with electronics mediums has also been initiated and Aadhaar cards of newborns are being provided soon after the birth.
The government has also started file monitoring system in all hospitals and offices of the health department. Vij said by March next year, all hospitals would be interlinked and data of any patient getting treatment in government hospital could be tacked online from any hospital of the state.