Panchkula: Finally, after a few shortcomings and several issues pertaining to its process, the dialysis unit at Panchkula Civil Hospital, Sector 6, was inaugurated by Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Thursday.
Earlier, a couple of notices were shot to the firm with a deadline too following which the centre was temporarily shut. The main reason for closing the unit was shortage of manpower and no regular nephrologists. The eight-bed wing, near the emergency ward, could not comply with the norms set by the Health Department and was temporarily closed. The unit was built at a cost of Rs 15 crore.
The Health Minister, who was supposed to visit the centre at 12 noon, reached the venue around 50 minutes late. On the other side, a few VIPs, including MLAs, created a little hindrance as the official cars were being parked in front of the emergency entrance, thus creating chaos for a while. As the public parking was next to the spot, the drivers of these VIP vehicles did not bother and they did not remove the vehicles from there.
Also following the visit of the Health Minister, new stretchers and wheelchairs were issued by the hospital management in front of the emergency ward. Other than this, various services like call bell system, token system and even some lifts were found non-functional during the Health Minister’s visit. Meanwhile, like always, a few OPDs were seen without doctors during the inauguration ceremony. It can be stated here that patients had to suffer following the Health Minister’s visit as they were found standing in queues outside a few OPDs, dressing rooms, mini OTs and other places with no doctor and staff inside on the job.
However, when the minister was about to leave the premises, the father of a one-year-old girl stopped him and told all the shortcomings he faced after consultation. He mentioned of not being able to receive medicines from the hospital as the respective doctor had written medicines which were available outside only. Following the complaint, Health Minister Anil Vij directed CMO Dr V K Bansal to mark an inquiry against the doctor and submit the report at the earliest. The dialysis unit was started in September 2016 on trial run. The private firm will now be providing one dialysis doctor and three technicians, along with other staff, while a nephrologist will visit the unit once a week.
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