The state government on Tuesday jumped in to bail out the beleaguered patients at Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH), directing the authorities for an immediate safety cover for them from seeping rain water.
HT, in its August 23 edition, had highlighted how many wards at PMCH are getting water-logged, with rainwater seeping into the gynaecology, ENT, paediatrics, surgery and orthopaedics wards from the ceiling.
A senior official of the state health department said the additional chief secretary took the report seriously and directed the Dhanbad DC to help the patients and send a status report. Following the directive, sub divisional magistrate MK Sonthalia took photos of the water-logging and sent them via WhatApp to the department.
Meanwhile, officers from the entire district administration, on the directive of additional chief secretary health K Vidyasagar, rushed to PMCH on Tuesday morning and after inspecting different dilapidated wards, directed the hospital authorities to shift the patient to safe places.
Deputy commissioner A Doddey, who along with probationer IAS officer Madhuri Mishra and Sonthalia inspected gynaecology, surgery female and male wards, OT and labour room, roof of hospital building, became aghast at the plight of the patients.
“I have directed the building construction department to start repair work at the hospital rooms within 24 hours and also present a detailed project report for the overall renovation of the hospital and drainage system for removing water from the wards,” Doddey told HT.
Since the PMCH principal and superintendent were at Ranchi , the DC held a meeting with deputy superintendent Dr PK Ghosh, gynaecology department head Dr Pratibha Rai, surgery head Dr DP Bhadani, orthopaedics head Dr Kailash Prasad and executive engineer of building construction department Manibhushan Tiwary over the rehabilitation of patients to safe place.
When being informed that patients in PMCH are admitted more than capacity and there is no alternative to shift them at safe place in hospital, DC directed Tiwari to repair the hospital roof so that water does not seep into the wards.
However, Tiwari said that repair work could not start within 24 hours at such short notice. “After preparing an estimate, it will take three to four days to start work,” he said.