Nagpur: Alarmed by the tragic deaths of a number of children in Gorakhpur’s hospital due to mismanagement and lack of facilities, the District Planning Committee (DPC) approved a fund of Rs 50 crore for upgrading facilities at city’s three government hospitals — Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Mayo Hospital and Daga Hospital. The fund will be spent in the coming two years specifically on setting up of oxygen plants.
In a meeting held on Wednesday, chaired by Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the
DPC approved the plan outlay of Rs 595 crore for the current financial year. In addition, DPC also decided to approach State Government to allocate separately Rs 50 crore for upgrade of facilities at Government Medical College, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Daga Hospital.
According to Dean of GMCH Dr Abhimanyu Niswade, the fund of Rs 50 crore would be utilised for setting up of oxygen plant, Nuclear Medicine Centre, Preventive Cardiology Department, Endoscopy Robotic Surgery Centre among other facilities. “At present, there no facility for oxygen production at any of the government hospitals in the state. It will be the first time that such facility will be created at GMCH. The proposal of GMCH as well as the two other hospitals will be sent to the DPC shortly,” Dr Niswade said.
Notably, the deaths of children at Gorakhpur hospital has been attributed to lack of oxygen supply. The firm supplying oxygen stopped the supply for non-payment of its bill by the hospital.