Kokrajhar, Sept. 11: Lack of hygiene and drinking water has been plaguing the Rupnath Brahma civil hospital here for the past two days.
“We are feeling sick because of the filth. Wards, corridors and toilets are in a bad condition,” said a patient.
“There is dirt all around. It has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We expect the hospital authorities to keep the premises clean,” said another patient.
A family member of a patient said they were forced to bring water from a tubewell about 200 metres away. “We have complained to the hospital authorities but nothing has been done,” he said.
Hospital superintendent Dr A.K. Brahma said, “Sometimes problems arise and we try our best to solve them. The hospital is much cleaner compared to earlier. We have taken up cleaning work, including unblocking drains.”
On lack of water supply, Brahma said the matter would be resolved soon.
Some citizens said the 200-bed hospital, the biggest civil hospital in the BTAD and western Assam, was ill-equipped to handle emergency cases, despite the state government sanctioning funds for its development.
“While the building has been renovated, healthcare facilities continue to fall short of expectations,” said Sameer Brahma, a local youth.
Sources in the health department said shortage of doctors and nurses was a major problem faced by the hospital.
They said hundreds of patients visit the civil hospital daily or were referred from health centres in other places like Gossaigaon, Parbatjhora, Bilasipara and Dhubri. It, however, has only 30-odd medical officers on duty.
Some residents also questioned the responsibility of the hospital management committee and the BTC authority. “Have the BTC members visited the hospital even once to see how it is functioning and taken necessary steps for its development?” asked another resident.