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Sanitation, staff in mess at OGH

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Meanwhile, the State government plans to procure medical equipment and strengthen infrastructure by sanctioning Rs.100 crore

In the next few months, Telangana State government is getting ready to pump-in Rs.100 crore to procure medical equipment and take up building strengthening works of Osmania General Hospital (OGH). While infrastructure and structural needs are being addressed, so far, there has been no clarity on three major issues - sanitation, security and manpower, which have traditionally impacted hospital’s quality of medical service.

Despite Deputy Chief Minister T. Rajaiah’s visit and subsequent assurances, doctors point out that it would take more time to address the three vital issues. There is a severe shortage of nurses at OGH and since 2004, permanent filling-up of posts were not taken up. The hospital’s sanitation and security too needs to be improved, they aver.

The present sanitation practices including disposal of bio-medical wastes and lack of an exclusive sewerage treatment plant (STP) continue to pose problems. Sanitation has been outsourced to private agencies who in-turn have sub-contracted the very important cleaning up activities of wards, ICUs, operation theatres and recovery rooms etc.

At present, there are 80 sanitation workers working in three shifts at OGH. “There is a need of 280 to 300 cleaning staff to maintain this tertiary hospital. Security is also sub-contracted and the present guards are woefully paid. They keep demanding money from the hapless patients,” doctors maintained.

There is also no clarity yet from the government on filling-up empty posts of nurses. The hospital has 308 sanctioned posts of which 290 have been filled-up, against a need of 900 nurses, which is the norm based by guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Out of the planned Rs.100 crore, authorities will procure medical equipment worth Rs. 72.8 crore and the rest is proposed to be spent to rejuvenate the 150-year-old OGH building and recent structures that have not received any upgrade.

Dr. Rajaiah has maintained that recruitment can be done only after Kamalnathan Committee report gives clarity on healthcare workers employed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. A policy decision on outsourcing of sanitation and security at the government hospitals is yet to be taken up by the government.

BARE FACT

The 150-year-old hospital is established on a 26.5 acre land on the banks of Musi river.

Close to 2,000 students pursue medical and paramedical courses.

OGH receives eight lakh outpatients and 52,000 inpatients annually.

Total bed strength increased from 400 to 1400 beds.

PRESENT SCENARIO

Major blocks housing the hospital.

Eight blocks deemed unfit for usage.

IP block declared as heritage building.

Infrastructure is crumbling by the day.

WHAT IS PLANNED?

Spend Rs.72 crore to purchase equipment and Rs.28 crore for building repairs.

No decision on security, sanitation, nurses and medical staff recruitment yet.

There is no sewerage treatment plant.

Nursing students of OGH do not have hostel and classrooms.

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