A four-member central inspection team, which paid a surprise visit to Ranchi Sadar Hospital on Sunday, expressed displeasure over defunct lifts and the absence of a separate registration counter for elderly citizens.
According to a hospital staff, the common review mission team, headed by director (health) of Madhya Pradesh J.L. Mishra, reached the hospital on Purulia Road around 9 in the morning. The inspection began in the presence of civil surgeon Vijay Bihari Prasad, deputy superintendent A.K. Jha, hospital manager Antara Jha, assistant chief medical officer Neelam Choudhary and matron Teresa Anthony.
Common review mission is one of the important monitoring mechanisms under the National Health Mission (NHM).
“The team took notes and clicked pictures of different places of the new five-storey building,” the employee said.
The hospital authorities were embarrassed when the team quizzed them about the absence of a separate registration counter for senior citizens.
The fact that none of the three lifts were working also caught the team’s attention.
“They asked whether the hospital has any separate cou-nter for senior citizens. The authorities were at a loss for wo-rds. When the team had to use the stairs to reach the third floor, they enquired why the lifts were not working,” the employee said.
The sadar hospital has facilities for normal and caesarean delivery, kangaroo mother care, cataract operation, physiotherapy centre and day-care centres for thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia and haemophilia patients.
Confirming the visit, Jha said such an inspection had been done for the first time.
“The purpose of the visit was to know the status of implementation of NHM in the hospital. The team will submit its report to Union health ministry. If the team finds any loophole in the implementation of the programme, the directive to plug it will come from the government,” Jha said.
District programme manager of NHM Mahesh Kumar said, “The team will be in the state till September 11. It has already visited the community health centre in Ratu and primary health centres in rural areas. Bokaro in next in line. Besides Dr Mishra, the team comprise Dr Junaid, Dr Ajit Kumar and Dr Arti Pandey.”