Dear Editor,Through your esteemed daily, I would like to ask the administration a question that why the 200-bedded maternity hospital in Gandhi Nagar is left as such. Why it is not made functional? Mothers and new born in city of temples continue to brave the brunt of petty politics and poor planning in the health sector resulting in chaotic situation in the only maternity hospital. Huge rush of patients inside maternity ward of SMGS Hospital portrays enough proof of poor planning done by the health administrators in the State to cater to the rush of expectant mothers across the region. Since its start, SMGS Hospital is the only hospital providing maternity and childcare facilities but keeping in view the growing number of cases reported, it is unable to cope up with the rush. Some other hospitals in and around Jammu do have facilities for organising safe deliveries but when it comes to dealing with complications almost all the patients rush to SMGS Hospital even from other district headquarters of the Jammu province. Nowadays the situation in SMGS is that more than one patient is adjusted on the single bed with newly born in the lap of attendants on the floor. To deal with this huge rush of patients, a 200-bedded Maternity Hospital was constructed in Gandhi Nagar. The construction work of the project started in 2012-13 but till date the Health Department is struggling to complete the project. I would like to request the Lt Governor to intervene into this and made the building functional so that new mothers and children can get the benefit. D.P Singh (Raju), Jammu.
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