Health In Progress

Health In Progress


New Barrackpore, one of the few small ULBs with an area of 6.89 Sq. km and a Population of 83,183 (Census 2001) is at a distance of 17 km from the city of Kolkata. It is dominated mostly by the people migrated from East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh). Though very small in size it has now become a model amongst the ULBs of Bengal for its outstanding multifarious developments since 1965.

Health Sector is one of them. It is for its astounding success in this sector, that it has received inspiring appreciation of various visiting teams from and outside the State. Even the visiting teams of WHO spoke highly of the Health services rendered by this ULB through its Hospital Dr. B.C. Roy General Hospital & Maternity Home and associated Health Organs Spreading ward wise in a systematic manner.

Highlights On The Health Sector

Dr. B.C. Roy General Hospital & Maternity Home run by this ULB: It started its run in 1962, with a Maternity Home for normal delivery and a small general outdoor under the management of the then Cooperative Society in power. Then in 1990, this Municipality took over it when it was gasping for life and exerted all efforts to turn it into an ideal Hospital for extending all sorts health services to the citizens. Financial assistance from State Govt. and the benevolent citizens of the locality helped immensely for successful functioning of this hospital.

Expansion programme was taken up and Extended Specialised Out Patients Department (ESOPD), Regional Diagnostic Centre (RDC) & Extended Maternity Ward were introduced in this Hospital with Financial assistance of World Bank in 1998. It now provides almost all types of investigational facilities. Treatment facilities have also been arranged both for indoor and outdoors patients with special attention on maternity cases. Eight Specialty Sections have been arranged in the ESOPD Section.

Present Status:

The hospital has now well equipped sections of:

  • OPD
  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Gynaecology & Obstetric
  • Eye
  • Skin
  • Dental
  • ENT
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Chest
  • Urology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology

It also has-

  1. 50 bedded indoor facility
  2. Ideal laboratory with modern apparatus

This hospital is in urgent need of an ICU (Intensive Care Unit), for setting up of which, efforts are being taken.

Classified information on this Hospital:

No. of Doctors 5 (Indoor)
No. of Nurses GNM 12
No. of Nurses Trained 10
No. of Ambulance 2

Present Output: This hospital not only caters the municipal population, but patients from surrounding municipalities are also dependent on it.

Indoor – Specialty & General (from Jan 2008 to Dec 2008)

Department No. of Patients per year
Maternity 1194 nos.
General Surgery, ENT, Dental 564 nos.
Eye 98 nos.
Total 1856 nos.
OPD - (from Jan 2008 to Dec 2008)
Department No. of Patients per year
Maternity 1194 nos.
General Surgery, ENT, Dental 564 nos.
Eye 98 nos.
Total 1856 nos.

OPD - (from Jan 2008 to Dec 2008)

Department Beneficiaries Non- Beneficiaries Total
Maternity 1640 10761 12401
Paediatrics 183 3242 3425
Medicine 294 7043 7337
Eye 53 4179 4732
ENT 330 3317 3647
Surgery 280 4262 4542
Dental 279 838 1117
Skin 607 5754 6361
TOTAL 4166 39396 43562

RDC (Regional Diagnostic Centre) - from Jan 2008 to Dec 2008)

Pathology 2222 9509 11731
U.S.G. 472 4777 5249
X-Ray 193 5960 6153
E.C.G. 113 1934 2047
H.P. 21 451 472
TOTAL 3021 22631 25652

Community Oriented Network:


This health programme became operative from 1988, with a population of 20,000. It has one HAU (Health Administrative Unit) and 4 Sub-centres each covering a beneficiary population of 5000. Each, sub-centre has 5 HHW’s each covering 1000 beneficiaries.


The World Bank assisted IPP – VIII Project has been in operation in this Municipality in collaboration with and under the guidance of the KMDA since 1994. Left out population – approximately about 55000 (not covered by other projects like CUDP – III) are the target groups of urban poor population. It has been designed to provide essential health-care services for the urban population (economically depressed group) in the identified blocks spread over 19 Wards of the Municipality.

Specific Objective of CUDP – III & IPP – VIII:
The two specific objectives of the IPP – VIII are:

i) Improvement in maternal and child health.
ii) To reduce fertility amongst the target population.
The backgrounds for spelling out these objectives are:
i) Maternal and Child mortality rates in this Country are relatively high;
ii) Higher prevalence rates of various diseases amongst pregnant and lactating mothers, infants and children;
iii) Wide spread malnutrition among the Urban poor;
iv) Need for controlling the growth of population by reducing the fertility among the target population.

To achieve the above objectives strategies pursued are :
a) To cover the target population mainly with provision of preventive health programme and family welfare service in a manner that these become easily accessible to them;
b) The focus has been on preventive health care and also on non-formal women education and entrepreneurship development programme for the women;
c) Approach to delivering the services is through involvement of the local community. The Local Bodies i.e. the Municipalities are responsible to develop the programme, implement, monitor and evaluate it.


CUDP-III and IPP-VIII health programme that are still in operation were launched respectively in the year 1988 and 1994 with the financial assistance of the World Bank, the assistance being admissible for a stipulated period. That period being over both the health projects are now implemented by the municipality with the financial assistance from the state govt. Another health programme by the name Urban Health Improvement Programme has been launched after having a’’ MOU’’ signed by the municipality with the European Commission in the year 2002.

The financial assistance came from the E.C., technical guidance and other cooperation being available from KMDA. This programme envisaged expansion of the existing CUDP-III and IPP-VIII health programme, Expansion of additional areas being care for the adolescent girls & boys, priority on RTI of the females care of the sexually transmitted diseases of males & female, detection of health condition like cancer & laying emphasis on School Health Programme surveillance and treatment of communicable diseases like Malaria, Leprosy, T.B. etc.

HOSPITAL WASTE MANAGEMENT: So long the system adopted for damping the Hospital Waste was not modern or scientific, though; we have adopted some of the recommendations of IPP-III. Recently we have adopted the Hospital Waste management system as recommended by West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB).

Programme Beneficiaries of IPP-VIII Projects are to pay a nominal cost for receiving service from the E.S.O.P.D. & the Hospital. Besides, they are subscribing a meagre amount of Rs. 2/- per month per family. The funds so derived are being developed as “Health Development Fund” with the object of not only to raise fund for sustenance of the Project but also to ensure peoples’ participation and their involvement in these Projects. Peoples’ involvement also comes to us in the shape of donations which we raise through Coupons from time to time. In addition to that many people have already donated and are willing to donate a lump sum of money for providing ‘free – beds’ and other amenities in memory of their departed near and dear ones. Constant propaganda for donations is made by the Municipality for further development of the Hospital.