Uttar Pradesh: Agra’s SN Medical School in want of intensive care

Not many would consider that veteran Congress chief Kamlapati Tripathi underwent a surgical procedure at Agra’s Sarojini Naidu Medical School when his son Lokpati Tripathi was the well being minister in UP.

“As we speak, nobody having enough sources even thinks of getting his kin admitted to SN Hospital. The lack of credibility and belief within the final twenty years is a significant disaster being confronted by a lot of the medical faculties within the state,” stated Dr BB Maheshwari, former head of medication division at SN Medical School.

Dr Maheshwari accomplished his commencement and post-graduation in drugs from SN Medical School and joined the establishment as a college in 1973. After instructing on the medical school for 31 years, he retired as head of medication division in 2004.

“Until early ’90s, the medical school was thought of one of many prime medical faculties within the nation and had docs of nationwide reputation. Lack of sources and absence of employees is just not new however one thing has gone unsuitable within the final couple of many years. Authorities staff and folks of higher center class not go to the medical school,” he stated.

Began in 1854 for coaching of docs for the military

It was one of many first three medical colleges of the nation.

SNMC has 26 departments and 150 sufferers are admitted right here each day.

MBBS course began in 1939. The primary batch handed in 1944.

The annual finances (Rs 3.65 crore) for the hospital has not been elevated for years.

Age-old infrastructure and buildings has not been upgraded for years.

Sufferers are compelled to purchase medicines from open market.

Solely 150 nurses towards the requirement of 500.

Lack of technicians is affecting providers on the diagnostic centre


Began in 1854 to coach docs for the military, SN Medical School was one of many first three medical institutes of the nation. College students have been admitted to Licensed Medical Practitioner (LMP) course in 1872 and MBBS course began in 1939 with the primary batch passing in 1944.

At present, the medical school hospital has indoor facility of 976 beds. About 35,000 sufferers are handled on the indoor facility whereas over 2 lakh sufferers are attended within the out of doors part yearly. The emergency part has now been modified as trauma centre.


On August 11, 2015, two infants died on the hospital when energy provide went off for over six hours and the kids couldn’t get oxygen. The then principal was eliminated and the chief superintendent and head of paediatrics division have been suspended after the incident.

“Until a number of years in the past, hospital’s OPD used to obtain 1,200-1,300 sufferers each day. The quantity has now gone as much as 2,400-2,500 sufferers each day. Nevertheless, the annual finances provision for drugs, surgical gear and pathology package, together with oxygen, stands at Rs 3.65 crore for years,” stated a senior physician on the medical hospital.

“We’ve been demanding that the finances must be raised to Rs 10 crore however our calls for haven’t been fulfilled as but,” he stated.

Many blame personal apply by instructing docs as one of many causes behind the issue however Dr BB Maheshwari disagrees. He suggests the federal government ought to undertake Rajasthan mannequin the place instructing docs are allowed personal apply.

“Why not legalise personal apply by instructing docs in UP on the strains of Rajasthan? Docs in Rajasthan are allowed personal apply on the situation that they need to give enough time to medical school hospital,” Dr Maheshwari stated.

“Correct tips and restriction are in place to make sure healthcare services at medical faculties don’t undergo. A very good physician can stability each and poor sufferers coming to hospital can get therapy from finest docs,” he stated.

He stated the federal government also needs to take into consideration medical faculties on public-private partnership (PPP) mannequin to examine falling commonplace of well being providers within the state.

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In 2014, the then union well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan visited SNMC and promised the standing of mini-AIIMS to the school on being chosen below the Prime Minister Well being Safety Scheme. Three years have handed however the assured upgradation at the price of Rs 200 crore is but to see the sunshine of the day.

Numerous super-speciality items have been to come back up and plans have been chalked out for a state-level forensic coaching centre and a brand new forensic diploma course however it didn’t materialise.

The building of medicine department has been declared dilapidated (HT Photo)
The constructing of medication division has been declared dilapidated (HT Photograph)


With age-old infrastructure, buildings of many departments are in a nasty form. Paucity of funds are available the best way of renovation of buildings and upgradation of services.

Shifting of sufferers from one ward to different is finished by caretakers of sufferers for the need of employees and ambulances. Not too long ago, a social organisation offered two e-rickshaws to assist the sufferers.

Scarcity of medicines is one other downside being confronted by sufferers. They’ve to purchase even basic items like cotton, bandage and surgical gloves from the open market.

The hospital additionally lacks enough nursing employees. A provision was made for a BSc Nursing School recognised by the Nursing Council of India (NCI). Admission course of was initiated however the course couldn’t take off and the school misplaced NCI recognition on account of lapses.

Towards the requirement of 500, the hospital has solely 150 nurses with no correct schedule of working.

Many docs have resigned within the current previous. The trauma centre, which got here up in 2010 on the primary flooring of emergency at the price of Rs 5 crore, is but to be made practical on account of non-availability of docs.

Lack of technicians is affecting providers on the diagnostic centre. As a consequence of scarcity of employees, personal wards having 22 rooms for gynaecology division and 18 for drugs division stay locked.


Veterans recollect that docs at SN Medical School used to conduct analysis on rats and rabbits made accessible by ‘Animal Home’ which later closed down.

In 1998, Nuclear Medication Unit was opened on the school. The then head of medication division Dr DK Hazra received the unit practical in affiliation with the Bhabha Atomic Analysis Centre.

Sufferers of thyroid imbalance and most cancers have been handled by radioactive gamma rays. The unit, nevertheless, was shut down for the need of technicians after which all analysis work stopped right here.

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