| The March 14 report on the health hub turning a grazing ground |
The administration of Guru Gobind Singh Hospital remains unmoved over the deteriorating condition on its campus even though The Telegraph published a report on March 14 depicting how the health hub had turned into a cowshed.
On Friday, Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health assured The Telegraph that he would look into the matter. However, on a visit to the hospital, this correspondent found that nothing had changed and this time the number of cows on the premises had increased. The animals were moving on the campus and some were tied to the poles. Cow dung and garbage, too, were visible.
“I would look into the matter. I am going talk to officials concerned regarding this matter,” Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health department said on Friday morning (around 10am). However, the correspondent, during her visit around 2pm felt that Deepak’s words needed to be translated into action.
When contacted, Dr A.K. Kashyap, superintendent, Guru Gobind Singh Hospital, gave a similar statement as on Thursday. “I asked the hospital guard today (Friday) as to why he didn’t remove the encroachers. He said he drove away the encroachers but they came back. We can’t fight with residents because things would worsen. They are already creating problems in the construction of the boundary wall. What if one day they come in a group and attack us? What will I do then? We can’t take any stern action against them. Try to understand our helplessness,” said Kashyap.
Residents, however, blamed that the hospital administration was not serious. “Has the hospital administration lodged an FIR against the culprits? No it hasn’t. I fail to understand why the hospital couldn’t lodge a complaint in the police station in case they were feeling helpless to take action against encroachers. As far as construction of the boundary wall is concerned, to my knowledge only a section of residents is opposing this decision. The hospital could have taken help of the police but they are doing nothing,” said Rajesh Saw (35), a businessman of Patna City.
Mukesh Agarhari, another resident, said: “I don’t find any administration in this hospital. Had there been administration over here, this kind of menace would not have been created. People have kept their domestic animals on a state-run hospital’s campus and everybody from the hospital administration to the health department officials, have turned blind.”