Patient care is set to improve at the Peroorkada district hospital with the completion of a super-specialty block constructed with funds to the tune of Rs.11 crore from the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

“The construction of the ground floor and first floor is nearing completion. The block will house super specialty surgery unit, 24-hour emergency service, cardio thoracic surgical unit, neurology department and dialysis unit. Some of the existing beds in the hospital will be moved once the new building comes up,” secretary of district panchayat K. Chandrasekhar told The Hindu . The administrative control of the hospital was transferred to the district panchayat a few years ago.

There were also plans to provide the hospital more blocks to increase its bed capacity to 600 from its existing in-patient facility of 337 beds, he added.

The panchayat had requested the Department of Health and Family Welfare to expedite the second phase of the development programme.

People from areas such as Nedumangadu, Vithura and Palode areas largely depend on the century-old hospital, which faced several inadequacies ranging from lack of space to meet the requirements of out-patients, proper health care facilities, and shortage of staff. On an average, 1,200 people visit the hospital, said Mannanmula Rajan, member of the hospital management committee said.

At times, the rooms got so crammed that the patients had to stand in the open to get treated in the out-patient units.

With the new effort to construct new blocks and fill up of vacancies, patient care would improve but other issues related to dumping of garbage and stray dog menace would still remain unattended, Mr Rajan said.

The waste generated from the Peroorkada market, which was situated close to the hospital, was dumped close to the male ward. The garbage piles brought in stray dogs on the premises, creating another issue for the authorities, said a staff in the hospital.

Stray dogs could be found roaming the hospital, spreading fear among patients, their attendants and staff. There have been instances of people being chased by these dogs, the staff added.