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Poor treatment cry

Aug. 10: The Jalpaiguri district Trinamul president has said he would write to the junior health minister seeking improvement in services at the Jalpaiguri district hospital after patients circled him yesterday and complained of poor treatment.

Sourav Chakraborty’s decision to write to minister Chandrima Bhattacharya came after his visit to the hospital yesterday.

A cornered Chakraborty assured the crowd that he would write to the minister of state for health and see that the services improve in the district hospital. “I will write to Chandrima Bhattacharya, the MoS health, requesting her to intervene and improve health care and facilities at Jalpaiguri district hospital,” he told the patients and their relatives.

Pradip Roy, whose relative is in the gynaecological ward of the hospital, was the first one to talk to the Trinamul district president about his problem. He said he was having to buy blood from outside for Rs 1,300 a unit as the hospital had no stock.

A patient said they were not getting saline regularly. “If we tell the doctors, they reprimand us.”

Those in the paid ward said some patients were not getting beds. “No beds are available and my mother is lying on the floor. Some other patients are also on the floor and no doctor bothers to examine them,” said a youth.

Some of the beds in each ward are paid ones, for which, a nominal charge is levied. The rest are free.

Zakir Hussain, whose relative is in the female medical ward, told Chakrabarty: “The wards are not clean and the electricity and water supply gets disrupted often.”

Journalists present at the hospital told Chakraborty that since July 25, after Jagannath Sarkar, the former CMOH of Jalpaiguri, was suspended, the authorities have stopped providing information about patients with JE or AES.

Chakrabarty spoke to the hospital superintendent and told journalists that 10 persons were under treatment at the hospital. “Among them, one has been tested JE positive and another one is down with AES. I have come to know about certain shortcomings…. It is necessary to increase the number of beds. I am sending a report to the MoS health,” he said.