| Members of the vigilance committee inspect diet section at SCB on Saturday. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Feb. 2: The senior citizens’ vigilance committee constituted by the district collector here has expressed concerns over the quantity of the bread being supplied to patients at SCB Medical College and Hospital.
A committee member said the patients were getting 90gm bread instead of the stipulated 100gm. Also, the dates of manufacture were not printed in bulk of the bread stocks stored at the diet section of the hospital.
Besides, cooked food was also being supplied to patients in polythene carry bags, ignoring grave health concerns. The Cuttack Municipal Corporation and the district administration have banned polythene carry bags long ago.
“We have come across various deficiencies in serving food to the patients. However, we are satisfied with the overall cleanliness and sanitation measures adopted in the hospital’s kitchen,” said Brundaban Sahoo, a committee member.
“We will request the district collector to ensure that cooked food is supplied in proper plates or carriers which the hospital authorities should provide after keeping a caution money from the patients,” said Chittaranjan Panigrahy, another member of the committee.
The committee also asked the hospital authorities to ensure that branded spices were used in preparation of cooked food as it was found during their visit that local products were being used instead.
The district administration had formed a six-member senior citizens’ vigilance committee on January 30 to verify the hygiene and quality and ensure timely supply of diet to patients at the hospital.
The committee’s visited the hospital following an allegation that stale food was being supplied to patients by Utkal Suppliers, the agency entrusted with supply of dry and cooked food at SCB.
“Though the allegation of serving stale food was found to be false, we have formed a committee to ensure that the quality of diet is not compromised,” said district collector Girish S.N.
Based on the recommendations of the senior citizens’ vigilance committee, steps will be initiated to improve the diet supply system at SCB, said the collector.
“Measures are being taken to ensure that standard quality of food is supplied to the patients,” said managing partner of Utkal Suppliers Satyajit Dutta.