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A report of review on the activities/performance of the hospital for mental health, Ahmedabad by Dr. Lakshmidhar Mishra, IAS (Retd.), Special Rapporteur, NHRC Date of visit and review: 20.8.2010 The hospital was established with 50 beds as a mental asylum by the colonial rulers in 1863. The old building was built according to a jail pattern. By 1872 the number of beds had been increased to 180. Some of the developmental milestones as chronicled by the hospital authorities are:- The mental asylum was established on 6.1.1863 with Major P. Pirai as the first Superintendent; The hospital was renamed as Mental Hospital between 1912 and 1982 and functioned under Indian Lunacy Act, 1912; The name was changed to hospital for Mental Health in July, 1982; The foundation stone for the new building was laid by Governor, Gujarat on 28.1.98; The new male wards and kitchen blocks were inaugurated on 28.1.2001; The new chronic female and male wards, OT workshops-cum-rehabilitation unit, emergency unit and OPD block were inaugurated on 28.1.08. 1
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Physical infrastructure: The hospital has its own building which is located in a commercial area in the heart of the city at Shahibang area which is at a distance of 2 kms away from Ahmedabad Central Railway Station, 5 kms away from Ahmedabad airport and State transport bus stand. There is no proper approach road to the hospital as there are shops and commercial establishments on both sides of the approach road making it rather congested. The 140 year old prison like building has been totally demolished and a new building with units/sub units has come up in its place in phases spread over a period of 10 years. The total area of the hospital campus is 31,872.0 sq. metres of which the built up area is 11,800 sq. metres, open area is 4751.0 sq. metres (within the hospital campus) and open land area is 15,321.0 sq. metres. This area could be used for future expansion and growth of the institution. The hospital land is free from encroachment and 10 green belts and parks have been built up where patients of the open ward can sit with their family members and relax in the afternoon hours. Construction, repair and maintenance: The PWD, Gujarat is the main agency responsible for construction of new buildings and repair and maintenance of existing structures. For minor repairs and maintenance as also emergency repairs the Rogi Kalyan Samiti, an NGO has been entrusted with the responsibility for the same. 2
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In course of my rounds in the OPD, IPD, kitchen, dining hall and OT rehabilitation unit, I came across a number of cracks – both horizontal and vertical as also extensive seepages on the wall. Gujarat in general and Ahmedabad in particular is not a heavy rainfall station and there would ordinarily be no occasion for such cracks or leakage/seepage if adequate care would have been taken to ensure the following:- good quality construction work by observing the correct ratio between sand, cement, chips for all RCC works; good quality plaster by observing the correct ratio between
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  • Spring '14
  • AntonioBaez
  • Psychiatry, Psychiatric hospital, OPD

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