Poor daily inflow of patients to premier hospital OPDs in Madhya Pradesh shocks panel of MPs

Bhopal: The Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Health and Family Welfare, on Saturday, raised questions on the poor number of patients in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal’s Outpatient Departments (OPDs). On its visit to the premier health institute, the committee remarked that for a hospital like AIIMS, which is equipped with state of the art equipment and infrastructure, the OPD should be accommodating at least 5,000 patients every day. However, even after 5 years since the establishment of its first OPD, only 1,400-1,600 patients are being consulted every day at the OPDs now.

The first OPD of Bhopal AIIMS became functional in 2013 and till date, OPDs of around 24 departments are functional at the hospital.

‘Lack of publicity to blame?’

According to sources, the 6-member PSC team led by MP Dr Manoj Rajoria which includes Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, K Kamaraaj, Vikas Mahatme, Gyan Singh and Sampatiya Uikey, raised concerns over the lack of awareness about the premium hospital among residents of Madhya Pradesh. Pointing at the dismal OPD figures of the hospital, the team wanted to know if lack of publicity about AIIMS is the reason behind the poor show.

‘No, the new heads…!’

In reply, the hospital authorities said major improvement in the institute would be visible from next year only as both the senior-most administrative officials, including the director of the institute and the hospital superintendent, are new to the institute.

The team inspected the overall activities of the Institute and took keen interest in various facilities the hospital offers its patients. The members were also informed about ‘AIIMS Online Patients Registration System’ for outdoor patients, Modular Operation Theatre and procurement of medical equipment and devices.

Along with Chief Secretary and other representatives of MP’s Department of Health Services and Medical Education, the members reviewed implementation of schemes, programmes, initiatives under National Health Mission (NHM) and also about upgradation under PMSSY of Government Medical Colleges of the state.

Patients complained about unavailability of medicines

During his visit to AYUSH wing of AIIMS, Bhopal, MP Rajoria interacted with patients to get a feedback about the facilities. “How are the facilities at hospital?”, he asked and a patient replied that the infrastructure is good. However, Rajoria probed on whether the doctor of the hospital were treating them well, to which the patient said that the treatment is good, but “we have to buy medicines from private medical stores”. At this, Rajoria immediately asked the officials concerned to arranged for medicines at subsidised rates in the hospital itself.

‘Bouncers’ kept media away

Tight security, including bouncers, was placed at the hospital on Saturday for the team’s visit.

Other highlights

  • The team also visited Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Misrod and appreciated the drug distribution system there
  • MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan asked starting of the medical college at Vidisha as soon as possible
  • He also announced starting 2 new nursing colleges in the state

Plantation on mud mounts shock doctors, too

Huge mud mounts in front of the hospital building that had been lying for months now, were levelled within a week and converted into plantation sites to impress the committee members. This overnight conversion even left the hosiptal’s doctors in shock. “We had been expressing our concern over the huge mud mounts in front of the hospital for months, but to no avail. But all of a sudden in the last 10 days, these ungainly heaps vanished and huge plants ‘grew’ overnight ù obviously to impress the team”, said a doctor, on condition of anonymity. He said such visits should be made more frequently so that the institute can complete pending work as soon as possible, pointing out to the dried up carpet of grass lying just outside the hospital.