Madurai

Govt. yet to respond on proposal to rebuild paediatrics dept. at GRH

The Institute of Child Health and Research Centre at Government Rajaji Hospital that is awaiting a new lease of life

The Institute of Child Health and Research Centre at Government Rajaji Hospital that is awaiting a new lease of life  

The paediatrics department at Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH), which has been in a dilapidated condition for years now, is yet to be rebuilt.

Although a proposal to improve hospital infrastructure was submitted to the State government a year ago, no steps have been taken so far, doctors allege.

Everyday, GRH sees a footfall of at least 10,000 patients and as many attenders.

According to a senior doctor at the paediatrics department, the State government allocated funds to tear down and rebuild any building at GRH that needed stability. “If you look at the building even today, the entire place is broken. The wards too are in a really bad condition,” he said.

In order to ensure that the department and its sub specialities will function in better hygienic conditions, the hospital administration decided to tear down the block and build a seven-storey building, which will also house the oncology department.

Architects appointed by the government inspected the site and discussed plans with the administration. Eight months have passed since then. The Directorate of Medical Education and the government are yet to take the project forward, the doctors point out.

Staff nurses, who do not wish to be named, say the sanitation in the department is particularly bad.

A former employee of GRH says toilets at the department constantly leak near the surgical ward, which must be immunised at all times.

S. Sitalakshmi, who brought her newborn for consultation, says the wards too are not properly maintained. “I have come here since the days of my delivery. Nothing much has changed,” she rues.

Water too is not supplied properly here, alleges the former employee. He adds that administrative delays should not make wards prone to diseases inside the hospital.

Accordign to GRH Dean K. Vanitha, the proposal has been submitted to the government and its response is being awaited.

Health Secretary Beela Rajesh says she will check the details and look into the matter.

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