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Bihar’s Super Specialty Hospitals Nearing Operational Status Amid Delays

By Neeraj Kumar

Patna: Super Specialty Hospitals in four cities of Bihar are nearing operational status, though delays and partial openings are affecting their readiness. The commissioning date for the Super Specialty Hospital in Darbhanga has been postponed again, while the hospital in Muzaffarpur is expected to start operating on July 15. Despite completing construction, Gaya’s Super Specialty Hospital has yet to begin its OPD services, and Bhagalpur’s facility faces similar issues.

The Super Specialty Hospital at SKMCH campus in Muzaffarpur, built at a cost of over Rs 100 crore, is almost ready. The building is complete, and all necessary equipment has been installed. Prof. Abha Rani Sinha, Principal of the Medical College, announced that the hospital would be operational from July 15. This decision was made during a meeting with the Health Department, the Principal, and the Superintendent of the Medical College in Patna. Currently, 21 specialists are assigned to the hospital, with the nephrology and neurology OPDs already functional. The full launch will include departments like burn treatment, plastic surgery, cardiology, and neuro and nephrology surgeries, reducing the need for patients from North Bihar to travel elsewhere for these services.

In Darbhanga, patients will have to wait longer for full treatment facilities at the Super Specialty Hospital of DMCH. However, starting June 27, OPD services in three additional departments—nephrology, gastroenterology, and neurosurgery—will be available. The facility’s cardiology and neurology OPDs are already operational. This decision was confirmed in a meeting chaired by Dr. KN Mishra, Principal of Darbhanga Medical College, with DMCH Superintendent Dr. Alka Jha and other specialists in attendance.

The Super Specialty Hospital at Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital campus in Gaya is fully ready, with 15 specialist doctors appointed. Equipment installation for patient treatment and examination is currently in progress. The building, completed a year ago, now houses various diagnostic machines, including an MRI. The hospital is expected to open soon, benefiting the Magadh region. Dr. Vinod Shankar Singh, Medical Superintendent, and Nodal Officer KK Sinha are overseeing the final preparations to ensure maximum facilities for emergency patients once the hospital is operational.

The author is a Patna based journalist.

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