.........BARIPADA: THE District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Baripada that is being upgraded into a government medical college and hospital (MCH), is gasping for breath. While additional infrastructure for Pandit Raghunath Murmu MCH at Rangamatia is being readied at a slow pace, the existing building of the DHH is grossly inadequate in meeting the medical requirements of a growing number of patients.
While the number of beds in the DHH is 304, it gets around 650 patients every day. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the MCH building at Rangamatia in 2015. Construction of the MCH building slowed down after the Supreme Court- mandated Oversight Committee approved grant of Letter of Permission from Medical Council of India to open admissions from this session.
Even as the Chief Minister directed that admission to the medical college be opened within two months, that may not be possible as infrastructure is not ready.
Currently, the DHH lacks facilities such as drinking water supply, continuous power supply, an overhead tank to store water besides a waste disposal system. There are no quarters to accommodate the doctors and para-medical staff are not getting their salary regularly. Canteen functions in an unhygienic manner and there are no adequate number of public toilets in the DHH. There is no place to store drugs and medical equipment.