Daltonganj: There is good news for Daltonganj sadar hospital that has been suffering from frequent bouts of power failure. The government hospital, which started functioning from a new building recently, will soon be fitted with a 37-kilowatt solar power plant.
Though the hospital has been provided with a transformer as part of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), it is not enough to meet the power needs of the health centre.
Palamu DC Manoj Kumar said the solar plant would help improve the power condition. The budget of installing the plant is said to run into less than a crore.
Following a decision of the hospital management committee, the outpatient department now charges Rs 5 per patient. The hospital makes around Rs 80,000-90,000 a month. Kumar said the money is spent on the upkeep of the hospital.
Quizzed about the stench emanating from the new building because of the dirt, filth and garbage, the DC said the NGO engaged in cleanliness has been removed and a fresh tender will be floated soon to engage another agency for this job.
The hospital does not have a community kitchen despite the fact that the number of indoor patients in every department like maternity, child ward, bone ward, medicine ward, surgery ward, etc remains high throughout. In the absence of a food court, visitors are forced to buy outside food, which doesn't come cheap.
Kumar said the administration will ask the civil surgeon to help locate a site and send a proposal for a community kitchen where a patient's attendant can cook food for himself. The district administration has taken a serious note of the articles bought for its health subcentres, which are lying abandoned in a room. Kumar said, "This is really worrisome. I found articles worth several lakh rupees dumped, which can be stolen any day.''