Fulfilling the promise, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule reiterated to allot 25crore every year for three years to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur. The Dean, Dr Abhimanyu Niswade swung into action and decided to utilize the money by setting up an oxygen plant, a nuclear medicine unit, a robotic surgery section, a pediatric cardiology unit, and a clinical physiology unit at the hospital.
Alarmed by the tragic deaths of a number of children in a hospital in Gorakhpur due to mismanagement and lack of facilities, the District Planning Committee (DPC) approved a fund of 50 crore for upgrading facilities at GMCH, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), and Daga Hospital. The fund will be spent in coming two years, specifically on setting up of oxygen plants. The DPC also approved a plan outlay of 595 crore for the current financial year. In addition, the DPC decided to approach the state government to allocate 50 crore separately for upgrade of facilities at these three hospitals.
The fund will be utilized for setting up of an oxygen plant, a nuclear medicine center, a preventive cardiology department, and an endoscopy robotic surgery center among other facilities. At present, there is no facility for an oxygen plant at any of the government hospitals in the state. It will be the first time that such a facility will be created at GMCH. At present, they have to spend 2.50 crore to purchase oxygen from private agencies. With the addition of a trauma center, their requirement of oxygen has increased. Once the plant is installed, much money would be saved. Moreover, in case of surplus, they would be able to provide it to other GMCs too. Same is the case with nuclear medicine. With nuclear medicine, endocrine, heart, and cancer problems would be diagnosed earlier and accurately. This will help in improvement in treatment.