Poor state of healthcare: Choked drainage system poses threat to GMC building

ARVIND SHARMA
Jammu, Publish Date: May 20 2018 11:31PM | Updated Date: May 20 2018 11:31PM
Poor state of healthcare:  Choked drainage system poses threat to GMC buildingFile Photo

There is an imminent threat to the building of  Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu, the premier hospital of the region, as the entire drainage of system of the hospital is completely choked due to which the water is seeping down to the foundations of the building from several places thus weakening them.

Highly placed sources informed Greater Kashmir that a proposal for “redesigning of the drainage system” of the entire hospital has been sent to the concerned higher authorities several times but no step has been taken till date.

The drainage system was designed in 1993 when the hospital building was inaugurated.

“Now, the drainage system of the GMC&H Jammu is almost completely choked and the water is percolating down to the foundations of the hospital building from several places which is pushing the building to a grave risk,” sources informed.

The toilets are choked and the bathrooms are also choked due to the obsolete drainage system. Sources said that apart from threat to the building, the choked system is also resulting into unhygienic conditions in the hospital.

They said that the drainage system of the 850 bedded hospital was designed at a time when the hospital was started in 1993.

 Since then it has never been repaired and upgraded despite the fact that the hospital has expanded and the load has also increased manifold.

The bed strength of the hospital has now reached almost 1000.

The pipes have been damaged at several places beneath the building and at several places it is not possible to replace them, sources said.

Former Principal, GMC, DrZahidGeelani said that during his tenure as Principal, he apprised the higher authorities about the impending danger. “During my tenure as Principal of the hospital, I submitted a proposal of around Rs 82 lakh to the concerned higher authorities for overhauling of the drainage system but no heed was paid to that,” DrGeelani said.       

“There is no way out except to redesign and relaying of the drainage system of the entire hospital on urgent basis,” sources said.

XEn, Civil Division, GMC, Uttar Kumar Sharma when contacted admitted that the drainage system of the hospital is completely choked.

“I have written to the GMC Principal, Medical Superintendent and the Commissioner Secretary Health apprising them about the choked drainage system and the impending threat,” Uttar Kumar told Greater Kashmir.

“In my report, I have also expressed apprehensions that due to choked system the water is percolating down to the foundations of the hospital building,” he said.

 

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