Govt mulls to shift children’s hospital to Bemina
'Cantonment board's 'negative attitude' compelled the move'
Srinagar: With almost no control over the functioning and the administration of the lone child care hospital, GB Panth at Sonwar, the government is mulling to shift the hospital to Bemina where a maternity care hospital is already under construction. The plan has been conceived so as to establish a full-fledged Mother and Child Hospital for better neonatal and maternal care.
Talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’, Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal said that the government has got no control over the functioning of the hospital.
Regarding the lack of fire fighting mechanism at the hospital, the absence of which has resulted in several incidents of fire at the lone child care hospital, Dr Manyal said that the issue is grave in nature.
“It is all under the Cantonment Board, leaving a small space for our control when it comes to the administration,” he said. “But we will be held responsible if God forbid any untoward incident occurs in future,” he added.
“Last time when you had reported about the fire incident, I talked to those in the hospital administration, who told me that there was no space for fire tenders to come inside, or for establishing a permanent station at the hospital,” he said, adding “then I asked for a meeting with the officials at the Cantonment Board, they don’t even have time for that, the attitude which can never be tolerated.”
While saying that the process of shifting GB Panth to Bemina will take time, he said that it has been made a point to shift it as the involvement of the Cantonment Board has been affecting the functioning of the hospital, and subsequently the patient care.
In this regard, the government has allocated Rs 10 crore for the establishment of Mother and Child care hospital at Bemina.
“We have even identified the land which is almost 12 kanals where actually the combined Mother and Child care hospital will come up,” the Minister said.
When asked about CRPF occupying the under construction 200 bedded Maternity Hospital at Bemina, the Minister said that the he took up the matter with the Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who, as per the minister, will take a final call ‘soon’.
“I have informed him that the government of Jammu and Kashmir, apart from constructing 200 bedded Maternity hospital at Bemina, where the CRPF is occupying the building, is also planning to construct a Mother and Child Hospital and the forces may need to vacate the building soon,” he said as having informed the Home Secretary.
The Minister said that the plan may take some time to execute, but it has been set into the motion and the all the pre-requisites have been taken care of already.
“We will do whatever it takes to improve the maternal as well as neonatal care in the state,” he said.