Though the project to convert Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to a regional centre of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has been left in a limbo, the hospital is now crumbling under the pressure of overcrowding patients.
As against the bed strength of 1,300, the hospital caters to patients almost double this figure on any given day. Rough estimates suggest that as against the national average of one hospital bed per 330 patients, Jharkhand has an abysmally low figure of one bed for every 3,300 patients.
The lack of medical care infrastructure at the district level is being diverted to RIMS which is the only premiere government hospital in the state. The RIMS management said the hospital was rechristened to RIMS from Rajendra Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) in 2002 after the formation of the state. But owing to increasing footfall, the overall situation has deteriorated instead of improving. "We are now facing severe shortage of doctors and other medical facilities to cater to increased demands of the patients," said RIMS director Tulsi Mahto.
RIMS has been known for providing excellent medical facilities because of good doctors. It has been the destination for patients from not only Jharkhand but neighbouring states like Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha because it has seen a long and successful journey of medical service. "We cannot deny treatment to any patient but there is a human limit to all services and the solution lies in strengthening the infrastructure of government hospitals so that only those requiring tertiary care are transferred here," said one of the retired doctors in the department of cardiology.
The number of patients in medicine, general surgery, neuro surgery and orthopaedics has always been higher than the capacity. As against 500 beds in these four departments, the number of patients admitted was around 743. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com