The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICS) of SCB Medical College and Hospital, billed to be developed as an advanced heart-care facility in the public sector to extend top class treatment to the poor, has grossly failed in its objectives.
Almost two years have passed since it came into being, the Institute continues to function merely as an “air-conditioned” department sans the basic required infrastructure for a cardiac-care facility.
With this state of affair raising concern, the High Court-appointed Advocates’ Committee on healthcare systems is all set to move the court over violation of its orders.
The committee, comprising amicus curiae P R Das, advocate Tarananda Patnaik and Dr P K Pradhan on Saturday visited the Institute for a stock taking only to find gross deficiencies in services. The Intensive Coronary Care Unit (ICCU), which is central to any cardiac care facility, is in a bad shape, languishing in acute lack of basic equipment.
“For an ICCU with eight beds, it functions with only one cardiac monitor as the rest have broken down. There is not a single ventilator in the ICCU. Other equipment such as ECG and ECHO are old and outdated. The situation reflects a blatant disinclination of the authorities in fructifying the lofty goals laid for the department. There seems to be more sinister designs to the whole issue”, amicus curiae Das said.
The ICS was set up with an aim to integrate Cardiology and Cardiothoracic departments into a single unit to provide comprehensive cardiac care service to the people.
The Cardiology Department was shifted to the new four-storied building in November 2010.
It was then stated that the bed strength in Cardiology would be increased from 40 to 60 and the eight-bedded ICCU would be upgraded into two units with 28
beds. Two years have passed but they are yet to materialise.
What is worse the four-storied building has no lift for patients. The only lift is used by doctors and is not capable of carrying stretcher-borne patients, Das remarked.
The Orissa High Court had taken note of the condition of the ICS and had ordered personal appearance of the then Health Secretary and DMET in November last year.
Both had committed to complete construction of patient lift and provisioning of required equipment like ventilators and others by the end of March 2012. More than six months have passed, but they are still to be complied with.
The Cardiothoracic Department is awaiting its shifting to the ICS as the construction work is yet to be completed.