Civil hospi­tal in PM’s home­town turns med­i­cal hub in just 3 years

PM’s school stages play on Gandhi

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - [email protected] times­ Akhilesh Singh

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.

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