A 5-member team comprising officials from the World Bank and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) recently inspected health institutions in Bhopal. The objective of the inspection was to assess the response during Covid-19 and to identify areas where improvements can be made to provide better healthcare services to Covid patients in hospitals, in future.
The team visited Gandhi Medical College (GMC) and Jai Prakash District Hospital and reviewed the sampling arrangements, ICU, oxygen plant, oxygen supply, equipment, the status of medicines, innovations, and community participation. They also inspected the State Virology Lab operated at Gandhi Medical College.
During the inspection, GMC Dean Dr. Arvind Rai highlighted that the National Health Mission provided technical and financial support for the availability of resources during Covid-19. He also mentioned that delivery services, surgery, dialysis, and other services operated without interruption during the pandemic.
Dr. Deepti Chaurasia, Head of the Department of Microbiology, stated that the government provided all necessary resources for investigations in a short time. Employees were trained for sampling, biomedical waste management, and service delivery in compliance with Covid protocol.
At JP Hospital, the team reviewed the condition of the ICU, oxygen plant, management of oxygen supply, and procurement and supply of equipment, and medicines used during Covid-19. The arrangements made in the district hospital for sample collection and the fever clinic were also explained in detail. The team was informed that more than 15,000 samplings and the management of more than 4,000 patients were conducted in a single day.
CMHO Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari informed the team that arrangements for 138 oxygenated Covid beds, 56 beds ICU, and 17 ventilators were made in the district hospital. He also mentioned that two oxygen plants and one LMO plant of 6 kiloliters were operational, along with 470 oxygen cylinders.
The visit of the World Bank and MoHFW team is significant as it will help the government to identify areas of improvement in the healthcare system. It is also a testament to the government’s commitment to providing quality healthcare services to its citizens, especially during times of crisis.
The inspection by the 5-member team of officials from the World Bank and MoHFW provided an opportunity to evaluate the Covid-19 response of health institutions in the state capital. The insights gained from the visit can now help improve the healthcare system and provide better healthcare services to COVID patients, as and when the need arises.