The Chhattisgarh Government will hire a Technical Support Agency for construction of the Building for establishment of Super Specialty Hospital at DKS Bhawan in Raipur, officials informed.

The State Government in July this year had sought term loan of Rs 64 crores from banks or other financial institutions for setting up the ‘DKS Post Graduate Research Center’ in Raipur, official sources informed.

Notably, the State Health Department has decided to establish the 450 bedded  super specialty hospital having all PG medical courses in Raipur.

The existing constructed building area for the proposed hospital is 20,00,000 square feet. The facility would comprise 250 bedded general ward, 100 bedded ICU, 100 bedded paying ward, 50 bedded dialysis unit, 20 bedded burn unit and 10 Modular Operation Theaters ( OTs).

Earlier, the State government had also decided to establish civil hospitals in old and new Raipur.

The proposed hospitals to be established in Naya Raipur besides Mathpuraina and Gudhiyari in old Raipur will be of 100 bed capacity each, officials stated.

The Government also has plans of setting up such hospitals in other parts of the State in due course.

In all the Government hospitals, Rs 100 per day will be spent on food for patients instead of Rs 60.

A total of 2,400 beds will be arranged in government hospitals of the State.

Chief Minister Raman Singh has made necessary provisions in the last fiscal budget of 2016-17 for this purpose, officials stated.

He said that in all the Government hospitals per day expenditure on food for patients has been increased from Rs 60 to Rs 100.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Chandrakar had directed departmental officers to start implementing the budget announcements at once.

It is noteworthy that Chief Minister has made budget provision to increase number of beds in government hospitals of the State by 44 percent. Under this, 2400 additional beds will be arranged, officials stated.

Number of beds in Government district hospital of Durg will be increased from 400 to 500. Besides, capacity of four other government district hospitals will be increased from 100 to 200.

Moreover, in six other districts, district hospitals of 100 bed capacity will be opened after arrangements of equipment and furniture are made.

Provision for 100 beds in district hospitals of Raigarh and Rajnandgaon has also been made.

The Chief Minister had made budget provision for opening seven new civilhospitals in Naya Raipur, Mathpuraina, Gudhiyari in  Raipur, Khursipar (Chhavni) Durg district, Kurud of Dhamtari district, Bhatapara of Balodabazar district and Manendragarh of Koriya district.

Provisions have also been made in the new budget for upgrading 15 primary health centers of state into community health centers of 30-bed capacity.

Moreover, the Chhattisgarh Police Housing Corporation (CPHC) is going to play a significant  role in the development of the 100 Bed super specialty hospital in Jagdalpur under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model.

The hospital when ready would also meet the medical needs of the government employees in Bastar and the public at large, officials stated.

In order to develop the hospital, the State government has decided to do it through its own subsidiary, the Chhattisgarh Police Housing Corporation.

Notably, Chhattisgarh is one of the newly formed states, formed in 2,000. It had inherited a weak infrastructure base in both the physical and social sectors. It had genuine constraints like a weak health infrastructure and depleted human resources for healthcare, apart from many of its areas being affected by Left Wing Extremism. All this combined to weak health indicators, officials stated.

Many of the basic determinants of health like water, sanitation, and overall healthcare supply were also weak. Although there were a lot of gaps in the state’s healthcare system, the political and administrative leadership of the state nevertheless identified health as one of the priorities right from the beginning and this path has resulted in many remarkable achievements.

There is a large presence of security forces in the Bastar region of the State, which is at the heart of the LWE problem. There are over 22,000 state police personnel in the 8 LWE affected districts of Bastar and the neighboring district of Rajnandgaon.

In addition, there are almost 45,000 personnel belonging to the Central Armed Police Focres (CAPFs) such as the CRPF, BSF, ITBP & SSB. In view of the ongoing anti-LWE operations which are going on on a continuing basis, there are daily occurrences of injuries to security personnel.

These can be both minor and major, often requiring immediate medical attention. In fact, in case of any complications, there is a necessity to transport the injured personnel to Raipur (which is over 300 kms away from most incidents) to provide medical care. Often, security personnel lose lives or limbs as a result of the delay in transit.

Keeping in view the limited medical facilities in Jagdalpur, which is the headquarters of Bastar Division, and the need to provide advanced and appropriate medical care in Jagdalpur itself, the Government of Chhattisgarh took a decision to develop a hospital a 100 Bed hospital in Jagdalpur, along with a Trauma Center, officials stated.

Development of such a 100 Bed facility in Jagdalpur will have multiple benefits. It will not  only cater to the security forces’ requirements but also address the unmet healthcare needs of the local population living in these areas. The facility to be set up should be equipped to cater to all the secondary level healthcare requirements of the population in vicinity with a special focus on curative and rehabilitative treatments related to accidents and trauma cases like bullet injuries, splinter injuries and injuries due to explosions and blasts.

This state of art facility should also be equipped to cater to special needs of psychological and psychiatric care of personnel operating under stressed and challenging conditions.

It is envisaged that such a development initiative in this conflict affected region will not only boost the morale of security forces deployed in such areas but shall also improve the condition of healthcare of the tribal population substantially, thus creating a positive environment for peace.

The security personnel in the area would be allowed to get medical care facilities from this hospital as per the reimbursements allowed by the government.

Reimbursement for expenses incurred by them would be allowed by the Government of Chhattisgarh as per prevailing rates. A similar provision would also be made for State Government employees working in the Bastar region.

The hospital set up would provide the full range of specialties, namely 24 Hour Emergency Care, Critical Care, ACLS Ambulance, Trauma Center, Orthopaedics, General Medicine, General Surgery, Ophthalmlogy, Cardiology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, ENT and Dental.

The Central government has also decided to upgrade the government multi-specialty hospital at Jagdalpur in Bastar district  of Chhattisgarh.

A decision to this effect was taken in a review meeting  of the progress of work in Left Wing Insurgency (LWE) states chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi last year. – Daily Pioneer 

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