From the Desk of the MSVP,
Rampurhat Govt. Medical College & Hospital
There is a handful of Indians unaware of the name of Rampurhat or Tarapith in West Bengal of India, for Tarapith and Rampurhat, so to say, is reciprocal. It is not an upstart township, rather this town has a bag of rich historical resources since the ancient reigns of Mauryan, Guptan and Pala dynasties. This holy place was a pasture land of Jain, Buddhist and Lama Monks and pilgrims. Today’s Rampurhat town has the status of the Sub-Divisional headquarter of the District of Birbhum of the State of West Bengal in India. Pilgrims and culture hunts from all over India and abroad stream into this location round through the year for the quest of spiritual and educational realization. Tarapith, Nalateshwari, Kankalitala, Fullora and uncountable Hindu temples are scattered around this township. Moreover, the renowned educational Pith of the world, Viswabharati Shantiniketan of Rabindranath Tagore, a handshake away, has her hands waving and welcoming the seekers of knowledge of the world. Birchandrapur nearby our beloved township is another angelic place where Nityananda Mahaprabhu, an eminent personality among Vaishnavas was born to accompany Nadia's Nemai, Gouranga Mahaprabhu, father of a new way of Vaishnava spiritual life. That is why Rampurhat has become a glorious attractive place alloyed with new and old eras and admixture of spiritual and cultural treasure. We are proud and privileged to say that Rampurhat Government Medical College and Hospital has been established in such an old and history driven holy town.
This Health institution has been constructed over the area of 18.27 acre having the easeful access with the nearby railway station of Rampurhat Junction. This Health Institution got upgraded from Sub Division Hospital to District Hospital in 2012 & now to Rampurhat Government Medical College & Hospital in 2018 catering near about 1 Lakh (rounded) inpatient and 2.5 lakh (rounded) outdoor patient and 12,000 (rounded) institutional deliveries per year. The foundation stone was laid down by the Chief Minister on 22nd May 2017. Ours is the only Govt. Medical College & Hospital situated here in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal. On the day of 1st August 2018, this medical educational institution started its smooth sailing with the admission of one hundred undergraduate medical students in a year having the approval of Medical Council of India. Over the last few years, our institute has shown remarkable progress and is now considered as one of the highly acclaimed medical colleges in West Bengal. Apart from having the approval of conducting Medical Education to the undergraduate medical students, our institution has also been affiliated to conduct the paramedical courses like DMLT, DRD, DOPT, DDCT, DOT under State Medical Faculty, West Bengal and post-graduate DNB Course in Broad-Specialities of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Medicine, Paediatric Medicine, Anaesthesiology & Respiratory Medicine will be affiliated soon by the appropriate national body as well. We aspire to provide more courses in versatile streams of Medical Education under one roof in near future.
Rampurhat Govt. College of Nursing has also been approved by West Bengal Nursing Council, Indian Nursing Council and West Bengal University of Health Sciences for pertaining education and hands on training to one hundred students of B. Sc. Nursing since this year of 2021. Faculties have joined the nursing college and the first battch of students have been admitted.
This peripheral medical college hospital serves the ailing people of the catchment area of the entire Birbhum district and its surrounding districts like Murshidabad, Paschim Bardhaman, Purba Bardhaman and also of the neighbouring states like Jharkhand and Bihar with quite a variety of medical specialties like General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Chest Medicine, Paediatrics, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Oncology, Dental Surgery etc.
Quite a handful of atypical and complicated cases of Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Dermatology, Orthopaedics etc have been treated successfully in this peripheral medical college & hospital and these services are being aired to the media attention by virtue of which, information on these services are being presented before and reaching the general population.
Patients are availing services of Out Patient Department, Indoor Patient Department, Emergency, Critical Care Unit, well equipped state of the art 24x7 Central Laboratory, Blood Component Separation Unit (BCSU) and Blood Centre, Dialysis, CT Scan & Digital X ray under PPP model. Blood Component separation unit at Blood Centre has been initiated with the hope of better care of the ailing people in this hospital.
A dedicated Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) plant has been established in this hospital which has helped us earn a higher status as regards, the smooth supply of oxygen to patients requiring it. This was a praise-worthy initiative from Government of West Bengal in the crisis period of Covid 19 pandemic and it is superior in terms of quality of oxygen supply to the patients in comparison to the conventional cylinder oxygen.
Dedicated and motivated health personnel are involved with the Biomedical Waste (BMW) Management, water supply from PHE, Public Health activities in collaboration with District Health administration. The people’s participation in blood donation in connection with blood collection by Blood Centre, actions enshrined by PWD (Civil & Electrical), protection of health staff by police personnel, dead body disposal by police and general administration etc. also deserve mention.
Medical Superintendent cum Vice Principal acknowledges the supportive actions rendered by Head of the Departments & faculties, Deputy Superintendent, Medical Officer In-Charges, Medical Officers, Assistant Superintendent, Nursing Superintendent, Accounts Officers, various office assistants, Store-in-Charges and others to whom we may be indebted and also acknowledges especially the support of the Principal.
At the end of this discussion, we may expect many more upcoming projects which will add feathers to the crown of this health institution like various super-specialty departments such as cardiology, neurology, trauma care centres, mother and child hub, night shelter for patients relatives in different new buildings.
Prof. (Dr.) Palash Das
MBBS, DPH, MD, FAIMER Fellow
Medical Superintendent cum Vice Principal
Rampurhat Govt. Medical College & Hospital
Rampurhat, Birbhum, West Bengal