Indore :  Thousands of heart patients across the division are paying huge amounts to get treated in private hospitals across the city, thanks to the lethargic attitude of the government.

Number of patients has been increasing continuously, while the lack of government facilities is not only putting burden on the public’s pocket but also on the ill-affected budget of the government.

Even after spending more than double of the cost of establishing Cardiac Centre at MY Hospital in providing funds under State Illness Assistance Fund (SIAF), in Indore division, officials of the department of medical education and finance department of the state are sitting on the proposal for the last four years.

Thousands of heart patients are paying huge amounts to get treatment in private hospitals across the city, thanks to the lethargic attitude of govt

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced to establish a super specialty cardiac centre at MY Hospital, which would give relief to the patients across the division.

“We have sent the proposal for the fourth time about a couple of months ago and last meeting for it was held in February. The proposal was rejected thrice earlier as the department raised various issues including budget and staff but we didn’t get any reply from them since February 26,” nodal officer for cardiac centre Dr AD Bhatnagar said.

Talking about the number of heart patients in the city, Dr Bhatnagar said, “I see five new patients everyday in the OPD and patients in other departments and hospitals. We do not have any separate registry for heart patients but the number of patients must be in lakhs.”

The proposal is pending with the finance department and now they have asked city officials to send a new proposal for catheterisation laboratory (Cath Lab) The cost of establishment of the centre is about Rs 30 crores and the funds provided under State Illness Assistance Funds to the patients in Indore Division is about 5 crores in a year.

Meanwhile, joint director health, Dr Sharad Pandit said, “More than Rs 50 lakhs are provided to each district health department under SIAF, which is about Rs 12 crores in a year to a division.”

He said that 70 per cent beneficiaries are suffering from heart ailments.

Proposal moving at snail’s pace

  • Chief Minister announced the project in October, 2012
  • PWD’s project implementation unit sends proposal of Rs 19 crores in April, 2013
  • DME approves the proposal in principle and sanctioned Rs 5 crores
  • Proposal rejected after few months, construction work given to MP Housing Board
  • Housing Board sent a proposal of Rs 49.77 crores but was rejected due to over budget
  • Work again handed over to PWD and a proposal of Rs 30 crores was sent
  • DME again rejected it for over budget and staff
  • New proposal with no new building establishment plan was sent and pending

Finance provided under State Illness Assistance Fund

  • Funds provided to each district: Rs 50 lakhs every year
  • Funds provided in Indore Division: Rs 4 crores
  • Funds provided in Indore Division in four years (proposal pending): Rs 16 crores

20-30% working population in city suffering from CVD risk

Recent report of Indus Health Survey conducted in collaboration with CHL hospital stated that about 20-30 per cent working population in the city is suffering from CVD risk. About 70 per cent of these patients fall under the age group of 35-45.

Study reveals that the main reasons of heart ailments are hypertension and obesity as its rate in city is 8 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively.

What they say

“There is an emergent need of cardiac centre in the city as the number of heart patients are increasing continuously. We have sent the proposal and are awaiting clearance from a long time.” – Dr AD Bhatnagar, Cardiologist and nodal officer for cardiac centre

“The proposal has been pending with the finance committee. We will start the work immediately after getting clearance from the department.” – Dr GS Patel, Director, department of medical education

“Government officials are hands in gloves with private hospitals due to which the proposal has been pending for so long. We will raise the issue again in the state’s capital.” – Vipin Wankhede, State president, NSUI

“Cardiac centre should be established as early as possible. It is a major requirement of any hospital and it will benefit thousands of people across the state.” – Dr RK Sodani, President, Indian Medical Association-Indore

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