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Horrors at a hospital

Hazaribagh, May 29: Subdivisional officer (SDO) Jugnu Minz today found Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital in a pathetic condition during a surprise visit, and asked the management to pull up their socks or be prepared to face the music.

Reaching the healthcare facility around 11am, the SDO first went to OPD, which, with minimal facilities, was found to be better than the other departments. His next stop was the dental ward, which doesn’t even have a chair for doctors.

Minz then went to the hospital’s medicine shop where he found only two antibiotics both of which expired in March. He seized the medicines.

The X-ray department had more shockers in store for Minz. The staff failed to say anything about a Rs16-lakh machine, which, sources said, had gone missing. Another X-ray machine, donated by then MP Yashwant Sinha, was not working.

There is no fan or drinking water at the critical care and intensive care units, while there is no bed sheet in the women’s ward. Moreover, there is no separate ward for burns patients. All patients, be burns or any infectious disease, are kept together.

The new 100-bed building on the hospital premises was completed around two years ago. But it has been lying unused because of the absence of any lift. Minz called up the contractor and directed him to complete work fast.

After the three-hour–long inspection, Minz told mediapersons that the condition of the hospital was not good and patients were suffering because of poor facilities.

“I have showcaused the management, asking them to reply within a week as to why the hospital’s condition was so poor,” he said.

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