Youth Congress activists of East Singhbhum on Wednesday demonstrated in front of MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi to protest against alleged irregularities at the heal hub.
The four-hour demonstration by nearly 80 people continued till 2.30pm, after which a delegation submitted a memorandum addressed to governor Syed Ahmed through hospital superintendent Shiv Shanker Prasad.
Speaking to The Telegraph, general secretary of Youth Congress wing of the district Gopal Kumar Yadav said the agitation was to apprise the governor about problems faced by patients at the government health centre.
“We submitted the memorandum through the hospital superintendent and if matters do not improve by this month, we might lodge a PIL against the state health department,” Yadav said.
The problems raised by the activists ranged from lack of medicines at the hospital which force patients to purchase them from outside to unhygienic conditions, crunch of doctors and support staff, poor condition of the burns unit and poor stock at the blood bank.
“Poor patients come to MGM expecting free treatment but are asked by doctors to bring medicines from outside. This apart, unhygienic conditions prevail at different parts of the hospital premises with heaps of garbage and waste littered everywhere. But the most glaring problem is scarcity of doctors and support staff,” said the leader.
The activists also expressed resentment over poor conditions of the air conditioners in the burns ward.
“We have also apprised the governor about defunct ambulance services. The ambulances were meant for bringing poor rural workers to MGM hospital from different blocks,” added Paritosh Singh, president of district Youth Congress. The hospital superintendent though admitting most problems, said medicines worth Rs 1.25 crore were purchased for the year 2012-2013. “We have intimated senior officials of the health department about shortage of faculty and support staff,” said Prasad.