Published On : Thu, Jan 9th, 2014

3 vital GMCH health service buildings awaiting “heavy hands” for opening and serve patients

The fact that the three important buildings in GMCH, having Central Clinical Laboratory, Vishramalaya (Rest Room for relatives of patients) and Operation Theatres, are awaiting a minister for the inauguration and subsequently serve the patients, sums up the negligent attitude of the State Government. And also the attitude of concerned authorities of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is no less shameful.

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It could certainly be called the height of shamefulness on the part of Maharashtra Government when the matter concerns to health services. The fact that the three important buildings in GMCH, having Central Clinical Laboratory, Vishramalaya (Rest Room for relatives of patients) and Operation Theatres, are awaiting a “heavy hand” for the inauguration and subsequently serve the patients, sums up the negligent attitude of the State Government. And also the attitude of concerned authorities of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is no less shameful. They could go ahead with the functioning of the three buildings without waiting for a “heavy hand.”

The GMCH has built four buildings for various purposes out of which three buildings are in full ready condition. However, for reasons better known to the GMCH Administration, the buildings have not been pressed into the services of patients who come not only from Nagpur, Vidarbha but also from neighbouring states for better treatment. The GMCH Administration has been awaiting the minister concerned to dedicate the buildings in the service of patients. However, the question is: Why wait for any minister to inaugurate the significant buildings housing the crucial Central Clinical Laboratory, Vishramalaya and Operation Theatres? The GMCH Administration could go ahead on their own to start the much needed services. The fourth building, which is almost ready, houses e-Library.

According to reports, Maharashtra Minister for Medical Education Vijaykumar Gavit inaugurated the multi-purpose building and Girls Hostel in the premises of Mayo Hospital on October 20, 2013. On the same day, the minister was supposed to dedicate the GMCH buildings. But it could not be done. Moreover, the Chief Minister, all ministers and top Government officials were present in the Second Capital for the Winter Session of Maharashtra Legislature. But the ministers neither had time nor visited the GMCH. Hence the inauguration of the building slipped into cold storage of the GMCH.

According to sources, the Medical Education Minister Vijaykumar Gavit got very upset during a programme at the GMCH following uproar over an issue two years ago. From then onwards, the minister, it appears, has boycotted any function of the GMCH.

It may be recalled, an Emergency Department was constructed at the GMCH at the cost of Rs 1.91 crore. The inauguration of the same was slated for January 6. However, due to some dispute, the inauguration could not take place on the date. But the GMCH Administration went ahead and started the health services of the Emergency Department on their own that might have upset the “heavy hands.” The net result is the new GMCH buildings are awaiting the ministers for their inauguration.