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MGM plans more room for patients

Jamshedpur, Oct. 6: Patients jostling for space in cramped wards and the OPD of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital may well be a thing of the past.

The state-owned hospital has drawn up an ambitious plan to nearly triple its capacity, adding 1,000 beds to the existing 520. This will not just add room to wards, but also prevent patients from encroaching upon OPD space in the absence of beds.

Newly appointed MGM superintendent S.S. Prasad said the facelift proposal would be discussed at a meeting with East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Vijay Kumar Singh. "We are scheduled to meet him tomorrow. The proposal will be discussed in details and routed to the state health department through the deputy commissioner," he said, adding that a "verbal discussion" with the state health secretary had already taken place.

Besides increasing the number of beds, the hospital also plans online registration of patients and makeover for the administrative block and medicine building. Recruitment of additional doctors, nurses and other hospital staff has also been included in the proposal to be sent to the health department.

On an average, 900 patients visit the hospital's OPD everyday while 300 turn up at the emergency ward and 200 at the gynaecology ward, Prasad pointed out. "Attending to the needs of so many patients with just 520 beds is virtually impossible. We need at least 1,000 more beds," he said, adding that land was available behind the old hospital. "We also plan to dismantle old structures there for infrastructure development."

Prasad, who took charge of MGM from August, said the proposal was in keeping with the status of the hospital. "MGM is a medical college and hospital. In other cities, medical colleges and hospitals have far better infrastructure and facilities. We need to give the same kind of attention," he said. source-telegraphindia.com

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