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Sans adequate staff, Malegaon Gen Hospital fails to meet expectations

Without a radiologist since launch, the one who joined last fortnight retires in few days

Monday January 30, 2012 04:51:14 PM, Staff Reporter


Malegaon: Such is the architectural beauty of the Malegaon General Hospital that the Malegaonians - the beleaguered people of Malegaon, who otherwise do not have a single public garden for a family outing, make it a point during the holidays to visit it with a day’s meal and have fun. The basic infrastructure and fundamentals of the 200-beded hospital built on 4.4 hectares of land also are very impressive. Right from gynaecology and paediatric to ortho and dental - department wise too it has almost everything (see box).

However, many people including those who batted for it for years feel that even after two and half years of its inauguration on June 30, 2009 by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, most of the promises still remain a dream. And non-availability of machineries and inadequate staff, they fear, will finally ruin the hospital which was supposed to be a hub of major surgeries and healing heaven for thousands of patients from in and around Malegaon.


Malegaon Gen Hospital

• Total Area: 4.4 hectares
• Build-up Area: 9017 sq m
• Cost: An estimated 16 crore rupees
• No. of beds: 200
• Operation Theatre: 01/04
• OPD’s of various departments: 13
• X-Ray Machine: 01 (100 mm)
• Ultrasound: 02
• Blood Bank: No
• C-Arm: No
• Water: Rain water harvesting and solar system for hot water
• Electricity: No connection with express feeder
• Access Road to Main City: Still under Construction

“I recently visited the hospital with one of my patients who was suffering from appendicitis and needed the surgery urgently. I was shocked to note that there was no one to attend to him at the first place. After some persuasion, a nurse came and then entered a doctor who claimed to be a medical officer. Even though I insisted for a physician or a surgeon none was in sight. The doctor advised sonography and then vanished”, Dr YU Ansari, a local practitioner informed the


Dr. Ansari later rushed to the radiology department only to learn that the ultrasound machines are not operational and he would need the sonography to be done from outside.

Dr Ansari’s experience is not alone of its kind. Many patients the spoke to allege that the staffs do not perform their duties as they are expected to, though they also admitted, some of them are really good and gentle. The most agonising for the patients, besides the absence of specialists, they say is the non-operational machines especially the ultrasound.

Hospital record shows that there are around 700-800 OPDs and 10-12 surgeries which are registered at the hospital every day. In the absence of proper staff and equipments, it can be just imagined how this huge number of daily OPDs must have been treated. What's more, in most of these cases the doctors need diagnostic tests and because the ultrasound machines at the hospital are not operational, they refer patients to outside radiologists.


Current Staff Position

• Approved Posts: 322
• Surgeons: 03
• Gynaecologists: 05
• Ortho: 03
• Paediatricians: 05
• Ophthalmologists: 01
• Anaesthetist: 01
• Physicians: Nil
• Radiologists: Nil
• ENT Specialist: Nil
• Nurses: 59 (20 short of the actual 79)
• Vacant Posts: 101

“Due to this the patients, who mostly are from the poorest of the poor of the society, have to pay 400-500 rupees for a test which otherwise would have been done free of cost had the machines at the hospital are in working condition”, says Khurshid Ansari of Citizens for Development & Peace (CDP).

Ironically when the tried to know from the hospital superintendent Dr RB Jadhav about the non-operational ultrasound machines he said that the machines were in fact fully operational but since the hospital did not have a radiologist, they could not be used.

“We are trying to deliver our best using the available resources and manpower in hand. If still there are problems we are trying to sort them. As for the radiologist, the government has recently appointed one and the ultrasound machines will be operational very soon”, he said.


About the physician, he said, “There is a shortage of physicians in the entire state.”

However, a doctor who is associated with the hospital since its inauguration revealed that despite persistent requests no radiologist was appointed and the one who had joined a fortnight before would be retiring in couple of days.


“It in fact is a kind of joke. We have been continuously demanding for at least one radiologist and after a persistent effort of more than two years the one who has been appointed is almost close to retirement”, he said. 





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