Poor sanitation at Bone & Joints Hospital irks patients

Plaster, dressing rooms turn into garbage dumps

AILING HEALTHCARE

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Dec 25: Patients visiting the Bone and Joints Hospital at Barzulla here face serious health problems due to poor sanitation at the Valley’s lone trauma facility.
 Scores of patients who talked to Greater Kashmir on Tuesday said that there was need for quick intervention to change the situation to prevent them from acquiring hospital borne infections.
 Plaster and dressing rooms of the hospital are littered with used and leftover bandages and plaster residue. In absence of regular cleaning, the plaster room is in such a mess that it looks like godown of a POP factory. The dressing room is no different as it sans round-the-clock cleaning and proper dumping bins to get rid of medical waste. 
 “Such situation can cause a serious infection to the patients with open wounds,” said a doctor wishing anonymity. 
 The Post Operative Wards, corridors and toilets at the hospital are clogged with filth causing immense inconvenience to the patients and their attendants.
 The poor sanitation at key trauma referral hospital that serves a huge population of nearly 10 districts has evoked strong resentment among the patients and the attendants.
 Ali Muhammad of Baramulla who accompanied his cousin for treatment, said that the poor sanitation at the hospital was exacerbated by filthy toilets.
 “Situation is worse with the flush toilet which is always blocked due to lack of water. It is terrible to be here. One can contract dangerous diseases on visiting here for a minor treatment,” he said.
 A patient from Islamabad claimed that each time he visits the toilet he vomits because of the heavy stench emanating from human feces
 Mehmooda, who is attending to her daughter, is worried that her daughter may acquire an infection due to poor hygiene at the hospital.
 “Service delivery at the hospital is poor. It takes hours for a patient to be attended to. I spent several hours with my daughter at the emergency ward. It is indeed heart breaking that cries of patients have for long gone unanswered," she said.
 Despite several attempts, the hospital authorities could not be contacted for comments.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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