A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating Hi-Tech and Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) near Katra Town, patients pined for open heart surgery facilities in the hospital, lamenting that if the facility was not provided, their woes would not end.
The stage has been set to welcome the Prime Minister tomorrow at village Kakryal near Katra town of Reasi district where he will be inaugurating hi-tech and well equipped Super Specialty Hospital having all modern facilities.
“Unfortunately, Jammu’s only Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) sans ‘Open Heart Machine’ thus causing inconvenience to the patients”, they complain and seek the machine’s installation there on the priority.
The Super Specialty Hospital in Jammu was the dream project of former state chief minister and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, which started its functioning in November 2013 with only couple of departments, but now it has been fitted with a lot of facilities to turn it into a super specialty hospital.
The project was initiated with an aim to decongest Government Medical and Hospital of heavy rush of patients besides providing better health and Medicare facilities to the people of the state.
Hospital sources said that departments like nephrology, cardiology, neuro-surgery and others are presently functional in the SSH but unfortunately, the CTVS (Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery) department, which performs major heart surgeries is having no ‘open heart machine’ following which the patients have to rush to outside state for treatment.
”CTVS Department is doing all types of thoracic, vascular and closed cardiac surgeries on getting referrals from all departments of associated hospitals and peripheries of Jammu,” sources said. They asserted that the Department however, is suffering because of lack of ‘open heart machine’, which is the basic and utmost essential equipment required for performing the task.
“It is really a sad affair that with no option left for the Department, they have to refer cases to the hospitals outside state thus not only causing inconvenience to the patients but dashing all their hopes and expectations of better health facilities in the state itself despite setting up a huge infrastructure,” they opined.
Sources said that more than 50 elective cases are being performed per month including 30 of vascular- 15 Thoracic and five closed cardiac. “Emergency operations are being performed in GMC Jammu and associated hospitals at an average of 10 to 15 surgeries per month,” sources said and added that approximately 10 open heart surgeries were done in initial shifting to SSH Jammu with an old open heart machine, which is presently has been declared obsolete by company.
“Without basic open heart machine no such surgery is possible now and it is badly required to start open heart surgeries in the SSH,” they said. Official sources (pleading anonymity) confirmed lack of ‘open heart machine’ in the CTVS department asserting that despite frequent and repeated requests to the helm of affairs vis-a-vis the government, was of no help as without such a major requirement (open heart machine) no ‘open heart’ surgery has been performed for the last one year in the Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu.
They further added that an amount of Rs 135 crore was earmarked on the Jammu based Super-Specialty Hospital project. Official sources however, said that it is appreciable that a hi-tech 230-bedded SSH is coming up in Katra, which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister but at the same time, the government should consider the proposal of the CTVS department of installing ‘open heart surgery’ machine as soon as possible in the interest of the people visiting from across the state so that they should not be referred outside the State. The facility at Katra SSH has been set up by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board at a cost of Rs 300 crore at Kakryal and have entered into an agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, which operates 32 hospitals across the country.
The hospital has more than 20 different streams of medicine and surgery, including cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neuro-surgery, nephrology, urology, oncology, pulmonology, bone-marrow transplant, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, trauma-medicine, paediatrics and neonatology, obstetrics and gynecology.