Published On : Thu, Mar 10th, 2016

RTI revelation: Over 20 lakh patients visited GMCH in the past 3 years

Surprisingly, the RTI reply did not specify how many times the doctors on duty at the hospital were attacked by patients or their relatives in the past three years.

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Nagpur:
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), considered the biggest hospital in Asia the area-wise, witnessed a total of 2003457 patients of all ages visiting the hospital in the past three years for treatment of different diseases. The mind-boggling figure includes OPD as well as IPD patients. Of the over 20 lakh patients, 15898 died while undergoing treatment in the same period. The deadly swine flu grip on the city could be gauged as 884 patients were admitted in the hospital in one year only i.e. in 2015 as compared to 182 swine flu patients in 2013 and 110 patients in 2014. The dreaded disease took toll of 91 patients in 2015 while 11 and 4 patients died in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

This information was shared by the GMCH in an RTI reply to a query posed by renowned RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar.

Accordimng to the RTI reply, out of the seven ambulances in the service of GMCH, four ambulances have turned scrap.

Significantly, the reply did not specify how many times the doctors on duty at the hospital were attacked by patients or their relatives in the past three years. It did not even pinpoint the number of doctors who faced the assaults.

In 2013, Rs 55,542 were provided to the GMCH in the State Budget for purchase of medicines. Rs 55,540 were spent for the same. Similarly, Rs 33,929 in the year 2014 and Rs 41,151 in 2015 were received by the GMCH for purchase of medicines. The amounts were spent totally except in 2015-16. Of the Rs 41,151 only Rs 25,780 were spent for buying the medicines.

For the cleanliness aspect, the GMCH received a total of Rs 1.25 lakh in the past three years.