Balasore, September 19 (LocalWire): Ignoring the needs of the old ailing persons in the district, the local administration here had decided to put on hold the project of setting up a 20-bed geriatric ward at the District Headquarter Hospital (DHH), and instead use the Rs 50-lakh building to install CT scan facility.
According to Senior Citizen Forum president Laxmidhar Behera, “The then collector had assured us that an alternative building will be provided within six months, but it has been two years since then and we are running from pillar to post but in vain.”
Behera, a key functionary of the Balasore Government Medical College and Hospital Action Committee, pointed out that since people suffer due to multiple diseases during old age, it is important to have a dedicated ward for them.
He also pointed out that decision to establish a 20-bed geriatric ward for the old people was taken over three years back.
“Not having a geriatric ward in the DHH is very unfortunate. All arrangements were already made for the ward and a doctor was also given training for the purpose, but the plan was changed at the last moment,” he said.
The Fakir Mohan Medical College and Hospital (FMMCH) was inaugurated as part of DHH last September.
Speaking on the issue FMMCH superintendent Sudhir Ghosh said that there was an urgent need of a CT scan unit in the DHH as it was a mandatory criterion for approval by the MCI team.
“Since no other venue was available for installing the CT scan machinery before the MCI team visit, it was decided to use the building.”
He, however, said that initiative would be taken to establish the geriatric ward.