Cuttack: Over the past five to six months the number of patients turning up at State Government-run medical facilities has witnessed a surge. Thanks to the availability of free health services even in sectors of critical care, the patient footfall in Government hospitals is on a rise.
The case with SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack is no different. One of the oldest MCHs in Odisha, SCB has been one of the most sought after hospitals with people from all across Odisha visiting it for treatment.
According to sources, the footfall of patients in SCB Medical College and Hospital has risen by three folds in the last five months. The demand for laboratory and diagnostic services is even more. While the number of samples collected a few months back was 3,000 in a day, the number has increased to almost 19,000 per day recently, at the diagnostic unit of SCB MCH, said sources.
To strengthen the infrastructure and cut the demand and supply gap, the State Government has set up teams to assess the situation. Under the 5T initiative, the State Government has set up teams comprising Health and Family Welfare Department officials and engineers from the Works Department.
“On Wednesday, three such teams visited different Departments of SCB MCH and made an assessment of the patient turnout. The team will be submitting its report to the H & FW Department basing on which the Works Department will build additional infrastructure to meet the patients’ demands,” a senior official of the H & FW Department said.
SCB Superintendent Dr Saroj Kanta Sahoo said that the team visited Hepatology, Pediatric, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments apart from Niramaya and OPD counters. “The idea is to ease out the congestion created due to the increase in patient footfall,” he said.
“The infrastructure and facilities of SCB have seen a facelift. Besides, we have also started the digitization of facilities pertaining to patient registration and laboratory services,” Dr Sahoo added.