Health Minister Veena George paid another surprise visit to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. The minister, who arrived at the Medical College Hospital around 9pm last night, spent about an hour and a half in the hospital. The Minister visited the emergency department and assessed the situation by visiting various emergency departments. In addition, the duty list was checked. Senior doctors were found to be on night duty in the emergency department. It was also learned that the emergency department was functioning efficiently.
It was on October 28 last year that the minister made an unexpected visit at night to the old emergency department of the Medical College. As per the then directive of the Minister, the new emergency department was started immediately. Senior doctors found him not on duty in the emergency department at night. The minister had said that stern action would be taken against such people. After that, the Minister visited the Medical College continuously. In addition, a committee was appointed to improve the services of the Medical College. This committee met regularly and took steps to rectify the deficiencies.
In addition, a meeting chaired by the minister was convened last Sunday to ensure the services of senior doctors in the emergency department and wards. On the basis of this, the Minister visited yesterday to understand the night work of the emergency department. The Minister expressed satisfaction that the emergency department was functioning well.
The minister later visited the wards from the emergency department. It was then that Padmakumari’s husband, a patient in the 19th ward, met the minister and complained that he was not getting any medicine from Karunya Pharmacy. The minister took a pill from him and went to Karunya Pharmacy. After the minister left, someone was sent to the Karunya Pharmacy. The employee was angry that I had not told her earlier that there was no medicine.
The minister immediately went to the counter and showed the note. He said there was still no medicine. He asked why there was no medicine. The staff rushed to respond. The minister immediately went inside the pharmacy and checked the list of drugs in the computer. The Minister directed that the list of medicines prescribed by the doctors should be taken and the medicines should be stocked as per the requirement. The Minister directed KMSCL to take stern action against the officials who failed to stock the essential medicines properly.