MCI inspection team of 4-members recently visited the Guntur Medical College and (GMC) and the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Andhra Pradesh.
This visit has been highlighted as there was a reported case of a baby bitten in the hospital, which led to the death of the child. This incident was reported just few months back.
In addition, GMC has also submitted application for an increase in intake of students, by additional 50 seats. At present, it offers 200 medical seats, and proposals have been sent to increase the intake to 250 students.
The inspection of GGH on the other hand assumes significance as the largest teaching hospital in the state is staring at problems of adequate infrastructure, shortage of beds, and more prominently shortage of staff in both clinical and non clinical departments.
Reportedly, to meet the MCI norms for operating the teaching hospital of 200 MBBS seats, the 1,177-bedded GGH further needs additional bed strength of 439. Even the recently built Podila Prasad GMCANA Super specialty and Trauma Care Hospital has 230 beds, however, it is not recognised. Proposal has been sent by GGH to enhance the bed strength of 23 departments.
As reported by Hindu, the team comprising of Bharat Jain, J.G Bhatt, Jugal Kishore and K. Vijay Krishna went around the departments at the out-patient block and inspected the facilities.
Superintendent, GGH, Raju Naidu, RMO and the heads of departments were present during the inspections.
They also checked records at both the GGH and the GMC.
The departments of General Surgery, General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neurology and Paediatrics and others needs additional beds.
The GGH has also sent proposals to augment staff from the cadre of Deputy Superintendent down to mechanics. The shortage of staff nurses has severely affected the clinical services but the problem is being addressed now as a notification for recruitment of nurses has been released.
The GGH needs 406 staff nurses to meet the shortage, and recruitment is being done to fill up vacancies.