Unattended garbage in the premises of Lal Ded hospital here is causing immense problems to the visitors.
The problem has been compounded by presence of a large number of stray dogs around these garbage piles—putting the lives of visitors at risk.
In absence of regular cleaning, tons of garbage has piled up in premises of the Valley's lone maternity hospital.
"Stray dogs rummage through garbage piles and chase visitors. The canines are even present in the parking lots posing risk to visitors," said a group of attendants.
The attendants said they had taken up the matter with hospital authorities. "However, they failed to take measures for ensuring sanitation of the hospital premises. The unattended garbage is emanating pungent smell posing threat of infection to patients as well as attendants," said Danish Ahmad, an attendant.
Pertinently, hundreds of people from various districts of Kashmir daily visit the hospital. "Hospital should have clean environs. Ironically, the authorities have failed to at least clear the garbage from its premises. Even medical waste is not being cleared properly posing a health hazard to visitors and patients," the attendants said.
They said during night, the hospital premises are taken over filled up with canines. "In presence of canines, we cannot venture out to purchase medicine," they said.
Medical Superintendent, LD hospital Dr Mushtaq Ahmad downplayed the issue saying the hospital premise is being cleaned on daily basis.
"I never see spotted any dog in the hospital premises during morning hours," Dr Mushtaq said.
However, he passed the buck on the Srinagar Municipal Corporation's (SMC) saying it is entrusted with sanitation of garbage accumulated inside the hospital premises.