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Gurgaon: Civil hospital in line for an overhaul, 3 more govt hospitals on anvil

The health department will submit a layout plan to the state government, detailing the areas that need repair and renovation

gurgaon Updated: Feb 19, 2018 17:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Civil Hospital,Gurgaon,GMDA
Lack of infrastructure at the Civil Hospital has hurt its ability to dispense quality healthcare to the people.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

The state health department has geared up to renovate the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon and is also working on a layout plan for three new hospitals in the city soon.

The Civil Hospital, which is located in the Civil Lines area, has 200 beds and receives more than 3,000 patients every day. However, the hospital building is in a dilapidated state and needs to be repaired urgently. Officials in the health department said that in many place inside the hospital complex, plasters have come off walls and ceilings and there have been several incidents where chunks of concrete fell off the ceiling, resulting in injuries.

The hospital, which was built in 1967, shows signs of wear-and-tear and the existing infrastructure, too, is rickety at best. Lack of adequate facilities has also rendered the hospital incapable of dispensing quality health care to people who cannot afford treatment at private hospitals.

Alarmed over the existing state of the city’s only government hospital, the health department has planned to prepare a layout map of the hospital, detailing the areas which are crying out for repair and renovation, and submit it to the state government.

“We have started the work on identifying the problem areas in the hospital and by next month, we will start the process of repairing the building,” BK Rajora, chief medical officer, Civil Hospital, Gurgaon, said. A sum of ₹88 lakh has been allocated for the repair work by the government of Haryana.

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The move to renovate the hospital assumes significance, as, over the last three years, there have been six cases of ceiling collapse in the hospital, including one in April last year.

On April 12, a part of ceiling in the emergency ward had collapsed. However, no one was hurt in the incident.

On April 11, 2016, a portion of the ceiling in the maternity ward had collapsed, leaving a mother and her infant injured. The incident shook the government and prompted it to speed up plans to renovate the building.

In another incident on June 25, 2016, the portion of a ceiling had collapsed injuring a staff nurse, a patient and a newborn baby.

In September 2014, a woman suffered minor injuries when large chunks of concrete fell on her bed in the maternity ward.

Apart from the renovation work at the Civil Hospital, the city is also likely to get three more government hospitals in the next six months, officials said.

“We are in the process of identifying land for a new hospital. In Sector 67, another new government hospital will be built by the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) with our support. In Sector 10, too, a new government hospital is being planned. The hospital will have 100 beds,” Rajora said.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 17:19 IST