Citizens’ Forum to CM, FM and Forest Minister to visit SMCH

Silchar, June 8: Proactive Senior Citizens’ Forum of this town while welcoming the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya here has reached out to them with the request to pay a visit to the 50 year old Silchar Medical College and Hospital and see for themselves its sad and sorry affairs. It is really shocking as Prof. Dilip Kumar Dey, general secretary of the Forum, said patients admitted in this premier hospital undergoing treatment for their various ailments have to arrange for themselves from outside medical stores cotton, bandage, syringe, gloves, gauge, blade, needle and disinfectants among others, besides necessary medicines.

This premier medical college and hospital, the dream project of the 40 lakh people of Barak Valley, 80% of them being poor and belonging to peasantry class, should be in such a desperate situation could hardly be imagined. But, this is the stark reality, pointed out Prof. Dilip Kumar Dey. He does at the same time recognize and appreciate the sincerity of some of the doctors and paramedical staff to stand by the patients and extend all possible help to get them well.
The Forum while expressing its concern at the state of affairs of the Hospital expects that the Chief Minister, Finance and Health Minister as well as Forest Minister would spare at least 5 minutes of their precious time and visit the centre of treatment and talk to the patients in order to know their reactions. This will definitely enable the dignitaries to assess for themselves the exact picture of medical services and take necessary measures to remove the lacunae or shortcomings.

Prof. Dilip Kumar Dey is of the opinion instead of opening new medical colleges, let the attention be focused on this premier medical college which celebrated its golden jubilee in December 2017 with all fanfare and promises to do better and render better services to the needy patients. He has also appealed to Supreme Court Justice Ranjan Gogoi to spare a few seconds and visit Silchar Medical College and Hospital in order to have an on the spot study of how the patients get treatment.

A talk with the relatives or attendants of patients brings out the ground reality and testifies to the statement of the Forum. Nilmadhab Sen, a resident of this town, who along with some other fellows, rushed a bike rider seriously injured in a road mishap to the trauma centre of this premier hospital at around 1:30 am on Friday had no different experience. After necessary x-ray and preliminary investigation by a junior doctor, an orthopaedician, Sen was advised to bring plaster, cotton, bandage, gauge, needle as well as prescribed injections from the outside medical store. The Forum is impelled to ask what about the declared policy and objective of the state government to afford best of services to the patients in state run hospitals.