JMCH shines in academics despite manpower crunch and poor infrastructure

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Jorhat Medical College and Hospital celebrates 10th foundation day

HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Oct 13: The Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) had much to crow about on its 10th foundation day on Saturday despite manpower crunch and poor infrastructure development.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, JMCH principal and chief superintendent Dr Atul Baro said that JMCH students had excelled in all the university examinations.

“In the 1st MBBS examination held in June 2019 under SSUHS, out of first fifteen positions, our students have secured seven positions and secured first position in the university. In the 2nd MBBS examination held in January 2019 under SSUHS, out of first 15 positions, our students have secured six positions. Similarly, in Post Graduate examinations too, our students have passed out in flying colors,” Dr Baro said.

From this year, NCC had also been introduced in the college and more than 20 students had volunteered for it. Dr Baro informed that as per directives of government of India, seats in all the medical colleges in India had been increased with introduction of reservation of students from economically weaker sections of the society and in JMCH too 25 seats have been added making the total admitted in the new batch to 125,” he said.

As regards academics, the Principal said that the Medical Council of India had given permission to JMCH to start a Regional Centre for Medical Education which would cater to the needs of entire Northeastern states and parts of West Bengal.

“As the Medical Council of India had already decided to start new curriculum from this year with admission of new batch of students, hence it was very pertinent to train the teachers in batches across the country. With this view, MCI opened few regional centre’s all over the country and ours is one among them. Medical teachers from Northeastern states no longer has to travel to distant places like Ludhiana, Delhi, Pondicherry etc to get training,” he further said.

Dr Baro said that this year MCI had granted permission to start PG courses in all the clinical departments except one.

“We have been already running PG courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Forensic Medicine, Preventive & Social Medicine, Pharmacology and Microbiology departments since last four years. From this year, we have started PG courses in Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, ENT, Radiology and Anaesthesiology. Presently 66 students are doing their post graduate courses in different subjects.

The only downside was infrastructure development. “Infrastructure is not adequate and many of the buildings are crying for urgent repair. Seats were increased without increasing infrastructures and as a result PGs have to be accommodated at a different campus,” he said.

Regarding hospital services he said that the patient load was increasing day by day.

“Although at the beginning our bed strength was 500, but at the moment we are giving service in 700 beds without any increase of manpower and other facilities. In the last one year from September 2018 to Aug 2019, the number of patients who attended our outdoor was 3,56,502; out of which 40,766 patients were treated in indoor; major operation was 7817, minor operation was 14,088, normal delivery was 3,583, caesarean section was 4,810, so total number of deliveries were more than 8,000. This speaks of the tremendous pressure of work upon the Gynaecology department. Number of deliveries has increased, but there is no proportionate increase of manpower in the department. How it will affect the quality of work is quite imaginable. 53,299 patients attended casualty, and our bed occupancy rate during the period was 98,” he said.

Among the new developments were Cardiac Cathlab inaugurated in the month of February 2019 by health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. With the joining of Dr Alok Malakar, assistant prof of Cardiology in JMCH, Cardiac Cathlab had also become fully functional and already 23 patients had received pace maker.

Makhan Gattani, noted Industrialist of Jorhat has built an Attendant’s Waiting Lodge for JMCH building and it was inaugurated by Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni Aparanji Korati.

It may be mentioned that another attendants waiting lodge (Dharamsala) has been coming up near State Bank of India, JMC branch. This has been donated by local industrialists, OP Gattani.

As the old ICU wards have been undergoing renovation and repair, patients could not be provided with sufficient ICU beds. In order to provide ICU care to needy patients, casualty wards had to be converted into ICU by spending from our resources. At the moment we have 15 general ICU beds besides separate ICUs for Neurosurgery, Gynec patients and SCNU and PICU. As soon as permanent ICU will be completely built, more beds will be available for patient care.

Dialysis ward has been under construction and it is in final stage. There will be facilities for dialysis of more than 5 patients at a time.  It will be inaugurated very retrofitting and remedial works of 1st and 2nd floors have been undertaken by PWD.

During the active phase of construction, some of the departments will have to be rearranged and relocated. ONGC has granted some projects for the benefit of patient and attendants under their CSIR scheme. Three toilet blocks and one water filtration facility have been constructed under ONGC supervision he said.

He further requested everyone to stop using plastic, stop taking betel nut, stop taking ghutka as this will benefit them health-wise and asked the doctors to be happy as then only would a happy atmosphere be created in the hospital.

Regarding the hooch tragedy of February 2019 he said that it was an experience of a lifetime.

Nobody wants to see another incident of this magnitude in their lifetime. We had to treat more than 500 patients in just 2 to 3 days. Our medicine department and forensic department had to face the situation, and they performed quite well under tremendous pressure. They all deserve appreciation. Although our hospital mortality was very less, but mortality was quite high at ground zero.

Vice chancellor of Assam Women’s University Dr Malinee Goswami attended as chief guest.

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