Patna Commissioner Turns his Attention towards PMCH

Anand Kishore conducting inspection of PMCH on Thursday.

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Patna: Patna Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore, who is heading a number of departments due to a severe shortage of competent officials despite a bloated bureaucracy put in place by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, expressed his shock at the pitiful condition of Bihar's flagship health care center Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) during a formal inspection of the facility on Thursday.

"How can patients expect to receive good medical care when the hospital is this filthy?" Kishore asked after taking a look of the campus.

Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore holding meeting with PMCH officials on Thursday.Taking the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials to task, the Commissioner directed them to remove garbage pile-up immediately and keep it clean in future. Kishore also issued a warning to the PMCH Superintendent saying he would be held responsible if the hospital premise was found to be dirty.

A similar warning was issued to the director of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology where one could see mountains of trash piled outside the main entrance along with abandoned junk cars welcoming the incoming patients and their family members.

During a meeting with the hospital officials, Kishore said that the PMCH would soon have 100 additional beds in the emergency ward and 20 in the outpatient that currently has only eight beds.

In the pediatrics and emergency wards, the Commissioner directed to install new elevators and make them functional by the end of November this year. Later, lifts will be installed in the OBG, Rajendra Surgical Ward, and girls and boys hostels, he said.

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