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MGM pays price for ?Chalta hai? attitude

THE USUAL ?chalta hai? (read no accountability) attitude of the health officials and also of MGM Medical College and MY Hospital, a reflection of state government?s policy, was evident in 2006 too.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 13:15 IST

THE USUAL ‘chalta hai’ (read no accountability) attitude of the health officials and also of MGM Medical College and MY Hospital, a reflection of state government’s policy, was evident in 2006 too.

In fact, the very ‘recognition’ of the MGM Medical College is at stake because of this attitude and failure to take remedial measures on time.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) team, after its visit to the MGM Medical College and MY Hospital in November, has recommended to the Government of India to withhold admissions for the 2007-08 session, mainly pointing out the shortage of teaching staff and many inadequacies owing to infrastructure and equipment.

The College Dean, who also is the Director (Medical Education) is however hopeful to come over the situation with regularisation of the contractual employees.

In its 50th year, the M Y Hospital had its own share of ups and downs. On the one hand, there were definite steps taken for infrastructure improvement for instance, construction started for new mortuary, OPD, a new cement road around the hospital premises.

Computerisation of OPD, investigation, the in-patient department and medical records section was achieved but could not be completed for all departments as planned.

Apart from this, work for Anand Mohan Mathur Operation Theatre complex too has started. Overhauling of first floor – labour room and OT complex, third floor – surgical floor renovation and overall renovations on second floor have been carried out or are going on. ‘Operation Sankalp’ was completed along with beautification of porch, garden and addition of a fountain at
the entrance.

Never before in the five decades, appointment of 100 nurses was sanctioned, which was done this year and 70 have already joined the state’s largest health facility last month. The hospital management claims to have appointed almost all lab technicians too. However, no senior posts were filled and there still is 10 per cent overall deficit.

However, not all was hunky dowry at the Hospital, which is a referral centre for the whole region. There were three cases of child theft from the nursery, the usual claims and counter claims about doctors’ neglect resulting in patients’ deaths.

Patients, particularly those from the BPL strata, faced a lot of troubles owing to shortage of medicines at times, which, the authorities claim was due to change in state government’s policy of central purchase.

Then there were the routine infrastructure problems like stinking toilets, leaking wards and seepage problems at many places.

Fighting with limited resources, the staff and faculty kept the flag high in case of awards and academic achievements. The Health authorities were found in a soup over chikungunya and dengue. The authorities continued to deny the very existence of these viruses unless confirmed s.

With media unleashing a campaign against the Health department, masses were kept updated about the two diseases, which had reached epidemic-like situations.

The microbiology department at Choithram Hospital and Research Centre was able to identify chikungunya and dengue virus with the PCR method, thus becoming the third such facility in the country after NICD, New Delhi and NIV, Pune to achieve this. The government health authorities, however, did not take any cognisance of the facility available at the doorstep.

M Y Superintendent Dr D K Jain received the ‘Best Medical Services’ award in July given by the Indian Medical Association. MGM Dean Dr V K Saini was promoted to the post of Director (Medical Education) this year while Dr M K Saraswat was promoted as Dean of Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal.

Elsewhere, private hospitals and practitioners continued to keep afloat the banner of medical services with many a rare operations – spinal operations, cardiac procedures and omentopexy – carried out by doctors, giving a fresh lease of life to patients, particularly those from rural background.

The difference in ‘attitude’ was starkly visible when the entire City was down with Chikungunya. While the government authorities kept denying even the presence of the disease, private practitioners were flooded with patients showing symptoms of Chikungunya. Same was the case with dengue outbreak, which claimed a life in private hospital.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 13:15 IST