New children's hospital: No headway on GMC proposal

New children's hospital: No headway on GMC proposal

The proposal, according to sources, was moved days before Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed visited GB Pant children’s hospital on July 1 to review its functioning.

With pediatric healthcare facility in Kashmir “grossly inadequate”, a proposal by the Government Medical College Srinagar for construction of a 500-bedded children’s hospital in Srinagar continues to remain on papers.

The proposal, according to sources, was moved days before Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed visited GB Pant children’s hospital on July 1 to review its functioning.

“To meet demands of pediatric healthcare in Kashmir including patients from Ladakh and some areas of Jammu especially Banihal, Doda, Rajouri, and Poonch, it is proposed to have a child health institute with a bed capacity of 250 beds with a provision of expansion to 500 beds,” reads the 43-page proposal.

It has suggested that the new pediatric facility should be set up in Srinagar in view of its centrality.

The former Government of National Conference and Congress—after the death of 500 neonates at GB Pant Children’s hospital in 2012 owing to lack of facilities and negligence of hospital authorities—had decided to set up new pediatric facility in Bemina near the under-construction maternity hospital.

However, the present regime shelved both the projects, citing the area was flood prone.

Sources said there was an opinion that the new facility should come up near the maternity LalaDed hospital here.

On July 1, the Chief Minister, while chairing the District Development Board meeting here, had announced construction of new Pediatric Hospital, in close proximity of LalDed.

“It will be an ideal situation to have the facilities for mother and child care located adjacent to each other,” said a doctor.

At present the GB Pant hospital, which was downsized to 90-bedded facility post September-2014 deluge, is the only pediatric facility for over 25 lakh children of Kashmir including 12 lakh children in the age group of 0-6 years.

“The infrastructure put in place 40 years ago is grossly inadequate and leading to deterioration and attrition in healthcare,” the GMC report has revealed. “Being one and the only referral child care hospital (GB Pant Hospital), it is grossly overburdened thus affecting the relationship between patients and health care providers and leading to deterioration in health care and attrition in care providers.”

The proposal has provided a detailed blueprint for construction of facilities like IPD, OPD, emergency services, neonatal and pediatric services, intensive care facilities, diagnostic and laboratory services, blood bank, general facilities and allied services in the proposed hospital.

The entire proposal for new hospital has been worked out at Rs 15289 lakh which includes construction cost (Rs 9634 lakh), machinery and equipment cost (Rs 2244 lakh), annual maintenance cost (Rs 1000 lakh) and annual revenue expenditure of Rs 1271 lakh.