100-yr-old Sangrur hospital building picture of neglect - ECAS Punjab

100-yr-old Sangrur hospital building picture of neglect

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Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, December 14

The old building of the Sangrur Civil Hospital completed 100 years on Sunday, but there is nothing to celebrate as it is in a shambles. Locals alleged the authorities wanted to dismantle the building to handover the hospital land to the Homi Bhaba Cancer Hospital (HBCH) authorities. The foundation stone of the building was laid on February 21, 1914.

"Some influential leaders of the ruling party are deliberately helping in the expansion of HBCH, Sangrur, which is a unit of the Tata Memorial Centre being run under the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. The cancer hospital receives very few patients from the city. Locals need the Civil Hospital. Recently, there was an attempt to demolish the old building, but after we opposed, the authorities stopped it," said advocate Dasvir Singh Dalee.

He has written to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and sought a high-level inquiry into the "systematic destruction of the Civil Hospital". On February 24, the Health and Family Welfare Department had notified the building as a 200-bed hospital with immediate effect, but it still functions with 100 beds. However, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of Sangrur Civil Hospital Dr Baljeet Singh said Covid management had delayed the work on increasing the beds.

"After the notification, we had sent a detailed report about requirements like staff, building and other infrastructure. Our seniors are trying their level best, but Covid has delayed everything," he said.

Sangrur Civil Surgeon Dr Raj Kumar said the expansion of the HBCH was allowed as per the decision of the authorities. "The renovation of the old building, which has completed its 100 years, will start soon. We are following the directions about the expansion of the HBCH," he said.

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