Pradip Kumar Das

Project being implemented with Japanese grant of Rs. 37 cr.

  • It goes under way in April
  • The hospital will soon get advanced equipment

    Cuttack: The city-based Sardar Vallavbhai Patel Post-graduate Institute of Pediatrics, popularly called Sishu Bhawan is getting ready for a major facelift by early next year. The only Government referral centre for children in eastern India is now being expanded with a Japanese grant-in-aid of Rs 37 crores.

    The expansion project, which got under way in April last, is schedule to be completed in March 2007. "The work is progressing very rapidly and satisfactorily. It will be completed as per schedule," says the superintendent (acting) of the hospital N K Mohanty, who is also the principal of SCB Medical College and Hospital.

    The Japan Government-sponsored Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is overseeing the entire project that includes a two-storied international standard building over an area of 18,000 square feet. Japan-based Yokogawa Architects and Engineers have designed the building while Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Corporation is constructing the Rs 8- crore building, JICA sources said.

    The building under construction would house OPD, casualty, laboratories, radio-imaging section, OTs, central sterilisation unit and at least 116 beds including 21 ICU beds, and 30 newborn special care beds, Prof Mohanty said. The hospital currently has 200 beds, including 12 ICU beds and 20 surgery beds and one OT.

    As per the MoU signed with the Japanese Government, the hospital would soon get state-of-the-art equipments like ultrasound, ventilators, X-Ray, multi-parameter monitors, pulse oxy-meters and defibrillators from Tokyo-based Ogawa Seikii worth over Rs 25 crores, sources said.

    Shortage of doctors

    The Sishu Bhawan however, currently functions with acute shortage of doctors. Against a requirement of at least 24 doctors to treat patients in six units, it now has only 12 doctors including four professors.