Jamshedpur: With summer setting in and a sudden spurt in the number of Covid-19 cases in East Singhbhum district, a shortage of beds in the state-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGMMCH) is making it difficult for patients who arrive here in large numbers to get treated.
A source in the hospital said, “In the 20-bedded emergency department, an additional 15 beds have been added and there is no space to accommodate any more.” The source added, “On Monday, a patient who had come from the rural parts of the district, was administered a drip at the parking lot on a wheelchair. There were no beds to admit him.” Later in the day, he was fortunate to get a bed in the emergency department.
The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that many serious patients are being treated on stretchers, which have been converted into beds, on which they have been brought in.
As per records, everyday more than 2,000 people visit the hospital’s OPD, of which, around 400 need to be admitted.
Head of MGMMCH Dr Nakul Chaudhury admitted that the doctors and the administration are helpless as the demand for admission has suddenly increased. “On several occasions, family members of patients create ruckus in demand for better facilities, but we are helpless,” he said.
Recently, in an effort to improve the conditions at the hospital, BJP state spokesperson Kunal Sarnagi met Union minister Ashwini Choubey and informed him about the condition. Sarangi said people in Jamshedpur and adjoining areas have to depend on Tata Main Hospital for quality treatment, but it is not possible for all to bear the high cost of treatment. Sarangi said Choubey has assured him that steps will be taken to provide better treatment at the hospital.
Sarangi said the upkeep and maintenance of the hospital, which caters to the needs of the people of three Kolhan districts, is the responsibility of the state government, but it has done little to take up the matter with the Centre.
Notably, time-to-time demands have been made by various citizens’ forums and individuals to improve the conditions at the hospital, but nothing has happened till date.