Civil hospital in PM’s hometown turns medical hub in just 3 years
PM’s school stages play on Gandhi
Vadnagar: A sub-district hospital in Vadnagar with space for barely 50 outdoor patients until three years ago has been transformed into a major healthcare hub in the region, catering to thousands of people in the area and adjoining districts.
Attached to the newly developed Vadnagar Medical College where admissions for three batches have already been done after MCI clearances, the Civil Hospital in PM Narendra Modi’s hometown has turned into a stateof-the art 400-bed hospital with its OPD catering to over 1,000 patients daily.
“I have made no payment for the surgery I went through recently. We are offered food and all services are free. Earlier, we had to travel at least 40 km to reach Mehsana district hospital for such treatments,” says mother of six, 45-year-old Mehroon Ben Anu Bai Salu, who underwent uterus removal surgery three days back.
The hospital is one of several development works which have taken place in Vadnagar since Modi took over as the country’s PM. Another patient in the general ward Amritbhai Kunwarji Thakur, who was operated for infection in the leg after an accident, is equally satisfied with the treatment and other amenities including food provided in the hospital.
Dean of the medical college, who also works as in-charge of the hospital, Dr Nilesh A Shah, says, “We have had bed occupancy of over 225 patients on a regular basis for over three years of which maximum are women coming for deliveries. The hospital has witnessed over 100-130 deliveries per month since facilities were upgraded.”
After retiring from the prominent BN Medical College of Ahmedabad, Shah, a gynaecologist, shifted to Vadnagar hospital in 2016 and has been performing three to four caesareans The Civil Hospital, which had space for barely 50 outdoor patients until three years ago, has turned into a state-of-the art 400-bed hospital with an OPD that caters to over 1,000 patients daily
almost every day. His presence in the hospital highlights the relevance of quality doctors in rural areas, which can curb the rush of people to cities seeking better treatment.
“We receive patients even from the nearby districts like Patan, Radhanpur and also Mehsana, the district headquarters of Vadnagar town,” Shah says adding, “The neonatal ICU and the ICU are equipped with best facilities”. The hospital provides free treatment to all patients including caesarean operations which can cost around Rs 30,000 in a private nursing home. “The hospital has proved to be a boon for the poor patients, who could not afford these expensive treatment processes,” Shah says.
He says he has performed over 10 tubo-plasty, a complicated surgery, for which patients come from nearby towns regularly. “Hospital expansion has curtailed the waiting period for patients, which once used to be of two-three months,” Shah said.
The medical college with 600 stuPM
Narendra Modi’s alma mater, Bhagwatacharya Naraincharya High School in Vadnagar town, recently organised ‘Mohan to Mahatma’, a play based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. The school invited a group of artists from PM’s Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, to stage the play. Modi was a student at the school from 1963-1967.
“There could not be a better and bigger inspiration for us than Prime Minister Modi, who has done all of us proud with his feat,” says school principal Babubhai Prajapati. During his visit in 2017, Modi went to the school, breaking protocol, and touched its soil with his head, an emotional moment which most of the school staff recall. With 760 students and a faculty of over 15 teachers, the school is one of the first to equip its entire premises with cameras. dents is another success story as it has stood first among all colleges affiliated to North Gujarat University. “92% students passed this year, which was the best result in the North Gujarat University,” Shah added.
State government funded Gujarat Medical Education Research Society is the nodal agency for the medical college and the hospital and it has already spent over Rs 350 crore of the allocated fund of Rs 600 crore. A science college and polytechnic have also been set up recently in Vadnagar, other than renovation of several lakes in the town and covered drainage. There are over 360 lakes in the town and many of them have been developed as tourist spots.