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Safety in coma on MGM campus
- Ailing security makes state-run hospital easy prey for rogues

Sunday: Cellphone theft

Monday: Drunken revelry

Tuesday: Assault and snatching

Wednesday: Eve-teasing complaint

When these events occur in one locality, it raises serious law and order concerns. When all these events occur at the city’s sole state-run hospital campus in Sakchi, it raises questions on the sanity of civic guardians who have allowed the situation to come to such a pass.

Welcome to Jamshedpur’s newest crime haven, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Sakchi.

Officially, the hospital campus has 90 security guards in three shifts, two armed during night duty and the rest armed with lathis. In practice, most of them go missing in action on a daily basis, giving every petty thug, lout and drunk entry to the 520-bed hospital and the chance to harass patients, their attendants and lady staffers, especially nurses on night shift.

The Tuesday incident of snatching — two youths accosted one Santosh Singh, the husband of a patient, while he was waiting to speak to the gynaecologist concerned, overpowered him, took his cash, wristwatch and cellphone and fled — has opened a can of worms on comatose security on hospital premises.

On Wednesday, a young homemaker whose husband is undergoing treatment for gunshot injury at the surgical ward since January 3, in a written complaint to hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad, said she was harassed by a fourth-grade contract worker, a cleaner.

The lady said the worker teased her regularly and proposed to marry her in the event her husband succumbed to his injuries.

On Sunday, a youth had decamped with a woman patient’s cellphone from the medical ward. “He was in his early 20s. He stood near my bed for some time and then asked for my cellphone, claiming he had to make an emergency call. Pretending to speak on the phone, he sneaked away,” said Lachhu Devi (35), Bhuiyandih resident admitted at MGM.

But the most common is the incident of Monday’s drunken revelry by local youths, which nurses on night duty say is almost a daily menace after 10pm.

“Small groups of men enter the hospital, shout, make catcalls and jeer at us,” said a nurse not willing to be named.

Patients confirmed the entry of drunken men. “Drunken youths roam hospital corridors during the night. We know security is very poor and so we don’t dare raise objections,” said patient Rajesh of the surgical ward.

When contacted, deputy superintendent of police (city) K.N. Choudhury said the medical college hospital had its security system.

“Whenever authorities or patients inform us, the police rush to the spot immediately. But still I will see to it that patrolling is beefed up, especially at night,” he said.

“We do have a security system on hospital premises, plus a network of CCTV cameras,” claimed Prasad. “But now we will review our security and try to strengthen it.”

Is MGM the worst state-run hospital in Jharkhand?

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