B&J Hospital set to get infra boost

Bone & Joint (B&J) Hospital at Barzulla here is all set to get a big infrastructural push with construction of state-of-the-art additional 120-bedded block World Bank-funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP).

Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer JKERA/JTFRP inspected the progress of work on the sub-project were civil work had already started and today work on the laying of piles for construction of main building was started formally.

Dr Samia Rashid, Principal, Government Medical College Srinagar was also present on the occasion. Basharat Jeelani Kawoosa, Director Technical, JTFRP informed the CEO that the building has modern earthquake resilient technology and the upgradation involves the modular operation theatres, laminar flow system, TSSU (Theatre Sterile Supply Unit), ICU, Pre and Post Operation Care Wards , CSSD (Central Sterile Supply Department), specialized laundry, pneumatic tube system and waste collection system.

The main features of the hospital building would include IGBC (India Green Building Council) rating system and biomedical waste management.

The bio-medical system designed will cater to the bio-medical generation of 140 kg/day which will be disposed off along the scientific lines since it also has the provision for the construction of STP/ETP (Sewerage Treatment Plant and Effluent Treatment Plant) as part of the sub-project.

He said work on the sub-project has been allotted to National Projects Construction Corporation at Rs 88.94 crore.

He said various modern concepts in the healthcare infrastructure including environmental designs, patient wellbeing, macro/micro level zoning, scope for futuristic development and optimal area utilization were also being taken into account.

He said the design of the hospital has been finalised after several rounds of consultations with the leading health infrastructure experts, health department and hospital administration and their inputs have been incorporated into the final design.

Abid directed the representatives of the NPCC and R&B to ensure the completion of work within the stipulated timeframe.

He directed the NPCC to mobilise more men and machinery at site to accelerate the pace of pilling work as well as the other components of the work since the construction of the additional 120-bedded block will provide the much needed quality treatment and care to the patients and increase the intake capacity of the largest orthopedic hospital in Kashmir.

Dr Samia said the construction of the additional block was a huge opportunity to upgrade the infrastructure in one of the vital hospitals, which had suffered immense damage due to the floods of 2014.

Iftikhar Hakim, Director, Planning and Coordination, JTFRP; Prof Altaf, Nodal Officer on behalf of health department for the sub-project , Dr Suhail Mian, Medical Superintendent, B&J Hospital and other senior officers also accompanied the CEO during the site visit.