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MGM toilets terrible: Maji

Using toilets at female wards of MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi required hankies and high endurance levels, said a visibly irritated state women’s commission chairperson Mahua Maji after a two-hour inspection of the facilities on Monday.

Displeased with the condition of women patients admitted to the state-run hospital, Maji summoned its superintendent R.Y. Chowdhury to Ranchi on Tuesday.

“I inspected this state-run health centre in June and again this morning, but found only 10 per cent improvement in the condition of female wards. Hygiene is severely neglected. One can’t use the filthy toilets without pressing a hanky to one’s nose. Water supply at the labour room is far from satisfactory. Patients have to buy medicine and bring blood from outside. The incubator glasses at the paediatrics ward are used manually. Even bed sheets are scarce,” the chairperson said, adding that she wrote a letter to Chowdhury, out of station on Monday, asking him to report to her office in Ranchi.

Around 300 women patients visit the 539-bed hospital daily.

“We last inspected the hospital this June when authorities had assured us better facilities. But barring partial improvement in water supply, nothing has improved. Since the superintendent isn’t in town today (Monday), we gave him time to meet us tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Maji.

The superintendent has been asked to explain why an unhygienic ambience prevailed in the female wards. Other issues include paucity of infrastructure and the alleged misbehaviour of a guard towards women.

Then, Maji went to Sadar Hospital at Khasmahal. Though she found it better in terms of hygiene, she observed that medicines were depleting fast and fresh orders had not been placed due to lack of funds.

“Most medicines will expire by year-end,” Maji said, adding she would meet state health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh soon for allotment of funds.

Maji also inspected the tribal girls’ hostel on Jamshedpur Women’s College campus and was surprised to know that over 250 students were crammed in a facility meant for 100. “Water supply isn’t adequate for boarders,” she said.

In her last stop for the day, Maji went to an anganwadi at Bantanagar, Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan to hear grievances on old age pension, clothes and foodgrain.

“We will ask the social welfare department to ask anganwadi centres to display notices about items they get under government schemes so that people did not feel cheated. I will meet state social welfare department officials in Ranchi on tribal hostel and anganwadi. We told East Singhbhum DC Amitabh Kaushal about the problems at the hospitals and the college,” Maji said.

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