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PMCH to be developed as centre of excellence: Nitish

March 1, 2012

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has said the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) would be converted into a centre of excellence. Inaugurating the 87th foundation day of PMCH and alumni reunion meet on the college premises here on Saturday, the CM also said for second time in as many years that PMCH should be granted functional autonomy.

The CM admitted, “There are some hitches in granting PMCH an autonomous status. The government is looking into the issue.” In fact, the CM had in 2010 asked the doctors to decide on what form it would take. He had even asked the alumni to constitute an advisory committee of eight to ten members and hand over the proposal to the health ministry. Also, while seeking suggestions of NRI alumni, they were told to send their suggestions through internet in case they fail to be present physically.

“The government will provide all necessary help in strengthening the basic infrastructure of the college,” the CM said adding the state government will provide the requisite funds to upgrade the college. He also announced sanction of funds for two long-pending demands of doctors and the alumni association – construction of a guest house at a cost of Rs 93 lakh and a hostel worth Rs 13.50 crore – on the college premises. Nitish, had in 2010 agreed to provide fund for construction of guest house and had wished the same should be constructed close to the Ganga to give visitors an opportunity of sight-seeing. The upcoming guest house will be built between the administrative building and department of physiology where the Boys’ Common Room is located.

Similarly, in 2010 itself, a 1,000-seat convention centre was mooted to be built at the PMCH. On Saturday, the CM reiterated the need for construction of an auditorium and, in no uncertain terms, told PMCH principal, “You are part of the government and it is your duty to do the ground work for the promises made by the government.”

The CM also had piece of advice to the junior doctors, when he said: “Those who possess knowledge must not react — as not reacting to violence is a sign of wisdom.” At the same time, he expressed concern over the behaviour of attendants of patients who treat doctors in all the three forms – god, human being and wicked.

Health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said the government was committed to restore the glory of PMCH. He said, “I spent a long time here during the 1974 JP stir so I am aware of the problems existing at the grassroots level.”
Doctors from the US, UK, Australia and the Philippines were present on the occasion as well as those from states like Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi. While Dr Ashok Chopra, Dr K M Bhatt and Dr Vinod Kumar Sinha came from US, Dr Chandrahas Rai and Dr Arun Jha from UK and Dr Binod Sinha from the Philippines attended the function.

State BJP president and former Union health minister Dr C P Thakur besides principal secretary, health, Amarjeet Sinha were prominent among those attending the function.

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