‘No problem in functioning of OPEC hospital’
The process of shifting the teaching hospital of Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) from the old crumbling building to the Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (OPEC hospital) has begun.
“We have shifted three departments. The remaining will be shifted shortly. We have stock of medicines and equipment, and have arranged for ambulances to take patients from the old hospital to the OPEC hospital,” Basavaraj Peerapur, Dean of RIMS, told The Hindu .
He claimed that there was no problem in the functioning of OPEC hospital. “Group D workers have joined, and group C employees are already working. We have installed the necessary equipment, including X-ray and CT scan machines,” he said.
It may be noted here that the teaching hospital was supposed to be shifted to a new building on the RIMS campus. However, it is being shifted to OPEC hospital that was recently reopened, after remaining closed for one-and-a-half years.
Minister for Medical Education and Raichur in-charge Sharanprakash Patil had earlier said that the OPEC hospital would be reopened in its original shape step by step. However, instead of reopening the OPEC hospital to what it was, its building was being occupied by the RIMS teaching hospital.
While asked, Dr. Peerapur said the shifting was temporary. “The new building on RIMS campus would take another 45 days. Hence, we will shift the teaching hospital to OPEC and then to the new building on RIMS campus,” he clarified.
When this correspondent visited OPEC hospital on Saturday, many rooms including the laboratory, were still in the cleaning stage even after one month of reopening.
Meanwhile, one wonders why the authorities shifted in such hurry, instead of waiting for another 45 days.