Health minister’s surprise visit to Wenlock Hospital

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Mangalore, Dec. 14: State Health and Family Welfare Minister UT Khader who paid a surprise visit to the Government Wenlock Hospital in Mangalore on December 13, Friday.

He expressed his displeasure about the non completion of work related to Nirmithi Kendra of District Wenlock Hospital and  directed the authorities speed up the construction work.

The Minister has asked the hospital authorities to maintain hygiene, to develop better communication with the patients and to improve the system of administering medicines to the patients.

He has also ordered the hospital authorities to see to it that weeds and unwanted plants that have grown luxuriously in the hospital premises are cleared off regularly.


Thereafter during the meeting Khadar directed the project officer to complete the work in the stipulated time and also warned that if the work was not completed then the tender would be cancelled.

Lack of basic infrastructure: As the building was 167 years old most of the corners was seeping. Further the hospital was also facing problems with regards to electricity and water supply. In addition the hospital was also facing underground drainage problem. The District Surgeon requested the Minister to appoint a separate management team.

 Khadar who responded to the request assured that all technical issues will be solved soon and the hospital will also be provided with facilities which were on par to private hospitals. He said that he would convene meeting with the district incharge minister, MLAs and concerned authorities to take necessary action.


Unchanged bedsheet: When the issue of the hospital staff having not changed the bedsheet of a patient was raked up by the Minister, the District Surgeon said that shortage of cleaning staff in the hospital has been posing huge challenges.

“We at present have one staff per 80 patients. This certainly is a difficult situation,” said Dr Rajeshwari Devi.

Contact number: The Minister directed the District Surgeon and other higher officials of the hospital to install a contact number board outside the hospital so that the patients can get in touch with them in case they face any problems.

“It is learnt that the patients are being sent out of the hospital to get X-ray, scanning and other examinations done, even when the facilities are available in the hospital. Such instances must not recur,” said the Minister.

Government Poly Clin: Khadar informed that plans were on anvil to set up Government Poly Clinic at every region which had population of 1 lac. “Multispecialty services will be delivered in these polyclinics and the bed capacity will be 300.”he informed

Community Health Centre and Arogya Bhavan: “A blue print has already been made ready to construct community helath centre at Ullal and Arogya Bhavan at Attavar in Mangalore.” Khadar said.

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