Finding a single Nebuliser in paediatric OPD of MCH, parents of ailing baby donate equipment to hospital
ANANTNAG, MAR 9: After the maternity and child hospital (MCH) Anantnag was brought under the administrative control of the medical college Anantnag, government released crores of rupees for the infrastructure development of the facility. However except the replacement of beds nothing seems to have improved in the lone childcare facility of the south Kashmir region.
A visit to the hospital clearly reveals how the mess rules the facility. Outside the one small room paediatric OPD, chaotic scenes are witnessed on daily basis owing to the huge influx of patients. Due to the shortage of space outside OPD are seen waiting on the stairs and in the lawn. The paediatric OPD, according to doctors registers at least five to six hundreds patients every day.
“To handle such a huge patient rush authorities should have kept available at least four to five doctors in OPD every day. But ironically only two to three doctors are available there,” a Para-medic told Kashmir Times.
The situation is no better in paediatric IPD. This reporter saw scores of women with their admitted babies sitting in the corridor as beds in the two wards were occupied all.
Ironically the hospital has just two Nebulisers one of which was recently recently donated by the parents of a sick baby.
“The medical college authorities have not even bothered to purchase Nebulisers for the paediatric IPD after taking control of the hospital. The Nebuliser costs 1500 to 2000 rupees and if authorities can not purchase such low cost medical equipments it is highly ironical,” said a Para-medic posted in the hospital.
The hospital until recently had only one such equipment and a couple of weeks ago, the Para-medic said, father of an ailing baby who was admitted in the hospital donated a another nebuliser to the hospital.
“After being suggested nebulisation of his child by the doctors when he saw how all the babies were being nebulised using a single cap without being washed, he went out to the market and purchased the new one and later donated it to the hospital. It is a shame for authorities that a patient is donating nebuliser to the hospital,” said another para-medic.
The paediatric OPD of the hospital receives 500 to 600 patients every day.
“Going by the patient rush the authorities should have kept at least five nebulisers in the IPD wards but despite receiving crores of rupees they can not purchase such a low cost equipment badly needed in the hospital,” the para-medic said.
Principal medical college and medical superintendent of the hospital could not be reached despite repeated calls.