CUTTACK: The beleaguered Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Pediatrics (Sishu Bhawan), which had earned infamy over high newborn deaths, is set to get a much needed infrastructure boost with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laying the foundation stone for a six-storey multi-facility complex on Wednesday.
The complex will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, thereby raising the strength of beds in wards and ICU capacity substantially while adding new speciality departments and other vital units in the only tertiary care paediatric centre of the State.
The multi-facility complex would be constructed at a cost of around Rs 107 crore sanctioned by the State Government and would be completed within two years. The complex will add 200 beds taking the total bed strength in the hospital to over 600 from the present 416. The Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) strength would increase to around 75.
It would house OPD units, Casualty department, paediatric medicine and paediatric surgery wards, academic and administrative blocks along with addition of new speciality disciplines that are being proposed to be included in the coming years.
It will also have an independent wing for Kangaroo Mother Care, breast feeding rooms and mothers’ resting rooms with a total bed strength of around 60, Superintendent, Sishu Bhawan Prof Saroj Satpathy told mediapersons here following the foundation stone laying ceremony by the CM in presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak.
The Chief Minister, who was on an inauguration and foundation laying spree in Cuttack, also opened the LINAC (Linear Accelerator) facility at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) after a delay of a year and half. The facility would come as a boon to thousands of poor cancer patients of Odisha and neighbouring States as it would offer advanced radiation therapy services at nominal costs. The services, which would cost upwards of Rs 80,000 in private centres, would be done at Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000 for entire course here, Head of Radiation Oncology Prof SN Senapati said.
The CM also launched a modern workshop and an academic complex at Bhubananda Odisha School of Engineering (BOSE) which have been constructed at a cost of Rs 28.7 crore and Rs 3.71 crore respectively.
Earlier in the day, the CM inaugurated the Mahanadi river bridge linking Jatamundia near Banki with Subarnapur under Athgarh. Execution of the 2077 metre bridge, funded by Nabard, was clouded by several serious mishaps. In August 2014, a portion of the bridge had collapsed leaving at least 13 workers dead. The project, which had been started in 2008 at an estimated cost of Rs 54.72 crore, suffered an escalation to over Rs 62 crore due to the time over-run.