Monday, November 29, 1999

For Games, two govt hospitals now apply for accreditation

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The units will have the assessments in August; Lok Nayak Hospital begins revampDelhi's government hospitals have finally changed gear to hasten their preparedness for the Commonwealth Games. After nearly two years of dilly-dallying, two of the city's hospitals are likely to be accredited within a month, with Lok Nayak Hospital — the Capital's biggest hospital — beginning the process of upgrading its services for accreditation.In a high-level meeting between the Delhi Health department and the Quality Control of India (QCI) officials on Thursday, it was decided that the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IBHAS) and Dadadev Maternal and Child Health Hospital in Dabri will have their assessments for accreditation in August.The decision comes a day after Newsline carried a report stating the QCI has been waiting for the past two years for government-run hospitals to apply for accreditation.As of now, only one government hospital — Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalay — and 12 private hospitals in the Capital have been accredited from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH). The QCI had recently approached the Delhi Health Minister, suggesting that it would be prudent to rope in private hospitals for medical services during the Games in October as it would be difficult to 'defend the use of an unaccredited facility in case of an untoward incident'.Seven medical facilities — GB Pant, Lok Nayak, Guru Tegh Bahadur, IBHAS, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Dadadev Maternal and Child Health Hospital and Maulana Azad Dental Sciences— were to be accredited before the Games.The QCI has been especially concerned over the fact that the two nodal hospitals marked for medical support during Games — GB Pant and Lok Nayak Hospital — don't have accreditation. While GB Pant meets the standards expected from an accredited hospital, it is yet to formally apply for accreditation. In Lok Nayak Hospital's case, the QCI had raised several concerns over infection control."The QCI's pre-assessment was in April 2009 . They had pointed out several issues which have been addressed. We have managed to reverse the situation as far as infection control is concerned. We took note of all deficiencies pointed by th NABH and have taken steps to address them," said Dr Amit Banerjee, Medical Superintendent, Lok Nayak Hospital. The infection control rate at LN Hospital is 5 per cent at present (5 of 100 patients gt hospital-acquired infections), he added.

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