Nagpur: The agenda of Assembly Question Hour on Day-4 of Winter Session would take up subjects relating to School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Higher and Technical Education, Medical Education, Marathi Language, and a host of other subjects. In all 112 written questions are listed and are replied with. Of the 112 questions, 32 are State-level, 12 pertained to Vidarbha, and 4 of Nagpur District.
MRI machine at IGGMC:
BJP’s Central Nagpur MLA Vikas Kumbhare raised the issue of installation of MRI with turn project/MRI 1.5 with Tesla capacity machine at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (Mayo).
In a written reply, the Education Minister Vinod Tawde said the Head of Radiology Department and teachers of IGGMC have sent a letter to Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Mumbai on 2.1.2015 regarding purchasing of the said machine. Process to acquire the machine in Public Pravate Partnership (PPP) basis is underway.
Another BJP MLA from city Dr Milind Mane raised the problems being faced by mental patients at IGGMC.
Tawde informed the member that the Government had provided Rs 32 lakh a few years ago for upgrading the Psychology Department of the IGGMC. The amount was not utilized. At present, in accordance with the High Court directives and requirement of Indian Medical Council, expansion works of 250-bed hospital, Casualty and OPD, students hostel etc are undergoing. The funds made available through Mental Health Scheme would be spent in the coming days. There is no separate room for psychic patients in IGGMC. Hence the patients are referred to Government Mental Hospital.
Mane also raised the issue of shortage of medicines in Nagpur’s GMCH and Mayo Hospital.
The Minister said that the medicines are acquired through local purchasing and distributed to BPL patients free of cost.
Non-availability of AIDS medicine:
Anil Bonde raised the issue of non-availability of Nevirapine 200 mg tablets for AIDS patients at GMCH’s ART Centre.
Replying to the question, the Public Health and Family Welafre Minister Dr Deepak Sawant said that the medicine was not available at the Centre from 1.8.15 to 16.10.15. However, the said medicine was made available through Maharashtra State AIDS Control Organisation. According to NACO (National AIDS Control Organisation) guidelines of 6.8.2014 there was no substitute for Nevirapine 200 mg tablets for AIDS patients. The patients were asked to purchase the medicine from open markets. In GMCH, there are 335 patients who need the aforesaid medicine. From 16.10.15, supply of the medicine has been regularized and it is available in Nagpur’s ART Centre.
Toilets in schools:
BJP MLAs from Nagpur Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krushna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare and Sudhakar Kohale highlighted the absence of toilets for students in 1411 aided schools.
The Education Minister Vinod Tawde informed the members that toilets for boys in 130 aided schools and for girls in 84 aided schools are not available. Toilets have been provided separately for boys and girls in all the schools run by Government and Local Self-Government Institutes. The process to make available separate toilets for boys and girls in private schools is underway.