Authorities of the MKCG Medical College and Hospital are a worried lot. For, a team of Medical Council of India (MCI) officials is visiting the Hospital next month but the loopholes that earlier team had pointed out during its visit last year are yet to be plugged. Vacancies in doctor posts and infrastructure are the primary problems.
As per official reports, 51 posts of doctors, surgeons, professors are lying vacant since long. Pediatric Department has highest seven vacant posts of surgeons while Medicine Department has five and Surgery four. Even as the doctors are overburdened, no measures have been initiated to set things right. This despite the fact that the MCI last year allowed to increase the students intake from 150 to 250 from 2014-15 academic year.
Besides, over `160 crore was sanctioned by State Government for enhancement of infrastructure. The money was to be used for construction of new wards, hostels, modern laboratories and well equipped library on the medical college premises.
Construction of a new building for casualty ward and library has been started. However, no step has been taken for separate dietary ward which was pointed by MCI team during its visit last year.
The ward still functions in the dilapidated portion of the indoor hospital amid unhygienic conditions.
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities said Health Department has been apprised of the problems.