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Fresh trauma at PGI Advanced Trauma Centre

The swanky brand new building of PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre may not be a safe place for patients after all.

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh |
July 21, 2011 1:43:28 am

The swanky brand new building of PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre may not be a safe place for patients after all. A part of the false ceiling in one section of the building collapsed on Tuesday night,raising questions about the quality of material used for its construction. The building,which was made only partially functional about two months ago,continues to be the bickering point between the PGI authorities and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD),the agency that built it. When a group of doctors on routine duty rounds on Wednesday morning noticed that a portion of the Advanced Trauma Centre’s (ATC) false ceiling had collapsed,it was the officials of the Engineering Department and CPWD who came in the line of fire.

When contacted,CPWD Superintendent Engineer Niranjan Singh,said,“The false ceiling collapsed after moisture from the AC duct caused the gypsum board in the false ceiling to become soggy.”

Asked about the dissatisfaction expressed by the PGI authorities on the building construction,he said,“There are certain things which come to notice only when a building is being put to use. Now that the ATC has been made partially functional,there are many things which are coming to the notice of the PGI as well as CPWD and we are trying to ensure our best services.” Sources said that the false ceiling had fallen off on Tuesday night and,luckily,there was no body in the corridor at that time. The false ceiling that fell off is right near the minor Operation Theatre,which is yet to be made functional. The latest incident has added fuel to the fire in the slugfest of communication between the PGI authorities and CPWD over the “unsatisfactory” construction. Newsline recently reported how the concerned PGI panel was sending in letters on the shoddy work done and listing out discrepancies in the building.

OTs to be functional

The PGI authorities have decided to make the operation theatres (OTs) in the ATC functional from next month. The ATC has two full-fledged minor operation theatres and five major operation theatres,which will gradually be put to use to ease the burden on the Emergency wing,which currently handles all trauma cases.

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