GB Pant Hospital Sonawar Srinagar

SRINAGAR — Authorities today said that the Chest Diseases (CD) Hospital will be shifted to GB Panth Sonwar in the next two weeks.

Dr Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent, CD Hospital told the news agency KNO that in around the next two weeks, CD Hospital will be shifted to Sonwar, which was earlier a children’s hospital.

“Oxygen supply wasn’t available to every bed at Sonwar, however, for chest disease patients there is a need for oxygen for every bed on which work is going on,” he said. Work is expected to get complete in the next two weeks and soon after that, the hospital will start functioning there, Dr Tak said.

Notably last year, H&ME Department ordered the shifting of the Children’s Hospital from Sonwar to Bemina and also directed the Principal, GMC Srinagar to chalk out an action plan for the shifting of the CD Hospital to GB Panth.

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The officials said that the CD Hospital building at Dalgate will be used as an infectious disease hospital while the Tuberculosis division of the pulmonary and respiratory medicine department will also remain functional there.

In October last year, the Medical Superintendent of CD Hospital had written to the Executive Engineer MH&CH Srinagar to inspect support systems and carry out rectifications of whatever was needed on an emergency basis at GB Panth Hospital before shifting CD Hospital there.

The support systems to be inspected include an oxygen plant and piping system to each and every bed of GB Panth Hospital, generators for backup of electricity need to be serviced and kept ready, the central heating system may be inspected, fire fighting system also needs to be kept ready, laundry section also needs to be inspected and whatever rectification is needed may be done and water pumping facility may be checked and kept ready, the MS had written.

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The government is also planning for setting up a drug de-addiction centre at the CD’s Dalgate building which will be handled by the concerned department of the GMC, Srinagar, they said.

They said that the GB Pant Hospital has good facilities in terms of space, bed capacity, rooms for doctors, and proper machinery and there are around 250 beds in GB Pant Hospital while CD Hospital has only a 150-bedded capacity.

Notably, on September 16 last year, the pediatric services of GB Pant Hospital, Srinagar were shifted to the newly-constructed 500-bedded Children Hospital at Bemina.

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