The hospitals and health centres in the city had catered to over 45 lakh patients in 2012-2013 when compared to 42 lakh in the previous financial year. Apart from the locals, the health facilities have also catered to patients from peripheral areas.
Of the 45.35 lakh patients, 19.40 lakh were treated by PGIMER and 4.65 lakh by Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32. The other health centres, on the other hand, catered to 21.30 lakh patients.
In 2011-2012, 18 lakh patients were treated at PGIMER, 4.4 lakh at GMCH and 19.8 lakh by the health
Considering that the city has a population of only 10.55 lakh, the number of patients being treated are almost four times its population.
UT Home-cum-Health Secretary Anil Kumar said the city was catering to patients from adjoining states as well. “With such a large number of patients visiting the hospitals, there are constrains as well. However, the aim is to improve the facilities and the hospitals are being upgraded,” he said.
Kumar aid that during a national summit on best practices and innovation in public healthcare, recently held in Srinagar, Chandigarh had received three prizes for improvement of indoor and outdoor patient care and reducing infant mortality rate.
The Administration has time and again taken up with the state governments the need to improve healthcare facilities. According to doctors, cases that are referred to Chandigarh hospitals from the adjoining areas would not be so complicated if initially treatment was given to the patients at these states only.
The Administration, while sending its requirements for additional staff and equipment to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, had taken into account patients coming from adjoining areas. The health department has accordingly been sanctioned additional posts. A need for interstate mechanism for healthcare is also being emphasized upon.
Against the national infant mortality rate of 44, Chandigarh has 20 per 1,000 live births. The city bags the second position among UTs and smaller states.
As many as 22,647 deliveries were conducted in 2012-13 in the city hospitals and healthcare centres.