Institute of Child Health (ICH), a leading paediatric institute in the country is set to get a modernized building that will allow the hospital to upgrade its NICUs, PICUs, operation theatres and other units. The foundation stone for a G+10 storeyed building at the institute’s Park Circus premises will be laid on Thursday.
“The existing building is an old structure. The new building will have 300 beds and state-of-the-art facilities. Hopefully, the building will be ready in three years,” said Apurba Ghosh, director ICH.
Set up in 1956 by paediatrician KC Chaudhuri, on a piece of land allotted by the then Corporation of Calcutta, erstwhile Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had inaugurated the hospital. The trust-run hospital has 220 beds. On an average, 450 children are tended to daily at its OPD while around 4,500 surgeries are conducted annually in the different departments.
Once the new building comes up, the existing structure will be utilized for OPD services and nursing classes. The institute started its nursing courses in 2020 with 120 students. The hospital will introduce MSc in paediatric nursing, a superspeciality course and increase the seats for the general nursing course.
Funds have started coming in from some individuals and corporate houses for construction of the new building for the trust-run hospital. Credai has agreed to develop the building without a profit.
Urban development minister Firhad Hakim and former MP Sugata Bose, who is also on the ICH board of trustees, will be at the foundation stone-laying ceremony.