Dhanbad admin holds meeting with SNMMCH officials for better infrastructure

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SUBHASH MISHRA

Dhanbad September 3: The district administration held a meeting with authorities at Shahid Nirmal Mahto Medical College Hospital (SNMMCH) on Saturday for the renovation and reconstruction of the facility’s infrastructure.

The meeting was convened at the direction of the State Department of Health in which Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sandip Singh discussed the problems of the hospital’s construction, bed shortages and various wards along with Director Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Prasad and Superintendent Dr. AK Barnwal discussed.

The district administrator also discussed the improvement of the newly built cath lab, super specialty ward and PG block, and outlined steps to provide the best possible treatment facilities for daily growing patients.

Faculty heads of departments at the meeting

Due to deficiencies in faculty members in various departments and incomplete infrastructure as per National Medical Commission guidelines, SNMMCH’s MBBS seat expansion has been held up for the past five years.

While four medical colleges in the state including three newly formed Dumka, Hazaribagh and Palamu have the approval for 100 MBBS seats, SNMMCH Dhanbad has only 50 MBBS seats.

In 2013 the then Medical Council of India (MCI) had increased 100 MBBS places (from 50) of the then Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH). But in 2016-17, academic session seats were again reduced to 50 due to deficiencies in teachers and infrastructure, according to guidelines from the country’s medical college oversight agency.

In addition to the Deputy Commissioner, the Rector and Superintendent also met with all the faculty leaders of the medical school to take stock of the problems they are facing.

Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) Shashi Prakash Singh, ADM Nand Kishore Gupta, Senior Officer of PWD, Electrical Department and Dhanbad Municipal Corporation were also present at the meeting.

The sources said the health department took seriously the report of patients being held in the hospital’s corridors due to overcrowding in the wards.

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