THE WAIT for getting treatment at the Mother-Child Health Care Centre, which has been constructed by the Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department at Civil Hospital in Phase VI, does not seem to be over. While the building of the centre has been constructed, equipment is yet to be installed. The building has become a shelter for stray animals.
The state-of-the-art health centre, which was constructed at a whopping cost of Rs 15 crore to provide treatment at reasonable rates to the mothers and children on the pattern of Chandigarh, is first-of-its kind in the district and has a capacity of 50 beds and facilities like modern operating theatre, child care centre and a separate labour room.
Sources said that the completion of the centre might be delayed as many pieces of equipment had not been installed yet and it would take some more time for fully fitting the entire centre.
The centre, as per sources, will require at least five more months to become operational.
The building of the centre has become a shelter house for the stray cattle. Security guards of the hospital are finding it tough to prevent the cattle from entering the building premises.
“Congress grass has grown just outside the main entrance of the building. I also noticed a snake one day and brought the matter to the notice of the seniors. The building is close to the emergency ward of the hospital and it could be dangerous for patients if any reptile enters there,” said a security guard.
Civil Surgeon Neelam Bhardwaj said people had to wait a little longer for getting the facilities there. She added that she had already told the sanitation staff to cut the Congress grass from outside the building.