Work on 100-bedded new block at GMC started 5 years ago
JAMMU: Acting on STATE TIMES’ exclusive report “GMC Jammu has only 110 level-1 care beds; 200+ patients with below 80 oxygen saturation on level-3 beds,” the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer on Saturday inspected the progress on construction of New Emergency Block of Government Medical College Jammu.
The STATE TIMES report published on May 14 edition exposed that Rs 55 Crores lapsed as work got delayed in two major projects— GMC’s New Emergency Wing having 100 level-1 care beds and renovation of Sir Col Chopra Nursing Home.
The project to enhance the high level beds was initiated five years ago and now even after a series of deaths, the GMC administration remains unmoved, signaling alarm to panic-ridden people.
According to reliable sources, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Atal Dullo had also set a final target on April 6,2021 for completion of the project of New Emergency block within a month. However, with the funds having been lapsed at the close of the financial year 2020-2021 the executive agency had stopped the work.
The question arises, why the funds were allowed to get lapsed in the first instance and what action was taken against the GMC administration for such a complacency and failure which led to the death of over 250 patients alone in the GMC within a fortnight.
Today, the Divisional Commissioner took a round of each section of the new emergency block and inquired about the work progress. The concerned engineers briefed the Div Com about the work completed so far, ongoing works and expected date of completion. It was informed that the work was in final stage and would be completed in all respects by May 31, 2021.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the concerned executing agencies to work in close coordination and expedite the pace for early commissioning of the new block.
“Expedite the pace of work and complete the project within stipulated time so that the existing ICU bed capacity can be augmented for successful management of COVID patients,” the Div Com directed.
Responding to the need for shut downs for electric panel works, the Div Com directed the engineers of JPDCL, R&B electric division and hospital authorities to conduct a joint survey and find out the power back up so that the power supply to the already existing emergency block is not affected. He also passed directions to JPDCL for installation of an independent transformer for the upcoming block and keeping power set up ready before its functioning.
The Div Com took a strong note of delayed work on the lift system. He directed the Mechanical Engineering Department to start the work and ensure the functioning of the lift system as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also directed the Engineers of MED to work in double shifts and ensure commissioning of dedicated 2400 LPM oxygen generation plant for the new emergency block within the stipulated time frame.
The Divisional Commissioner also reviewed the status of augmentation of bed capacity (ICU beds) in GMCH. He was informed that the GMC was going to augment the bed capacity for COVID-19 patients by dedicating ward 4 and 5 for positive patients.
The Div Com directed the engineers of MED to expedite the work on installation of oxygen, vacuum pipelines in both the wards to augment the bed capacity with ventilators and oxygen-supported beds. Directions were also issued to the JPDCL for completing electric work in both the wards at the earliest.
He was accompanied by Principal GMC Jammu, Dr. Shashi Sudhan, Medical Superintendent GMC, HOD, Anesthesia besides Engineers of JK Police Housing Corporation, JPDCL, PWD, Mechanical Engineering Department and other concerned.