Poor hygiene at children’s hospital infuriate attendants

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Srinagar: Patients visiting GB Pant Hospital—Kashmir’s only children hospital at Sonwar face serious health problems due to poor sanitation.

Scores of patients said on Saturday that there was need for quick intervention to change the situation to prevent them from hospital acquired infections. “Such situation can cause a serious infection to the patients with open wounds,”  said an attendant Fayaz Ahmad who was accompanied with his children for treatment.

The post operative wards, corridors and toilets in the hospital are clogged with filth causing immense inconvenience to the patients and their attendants.  The poor sanitation at this key hospital that serves a huge population of nearly 10 districts has evoked strong resentment among the patients and the attendants.

Farooq Ahmad from Kursoo Rajbagh who accompanied his daughter for treatment, said that the poor sanitation at the hospital was exacerbated by filthy toilets.

“Situation is worse with the flush toilet which is always blocked due to lack of water. It is terrible to be here. One can have dangerous diseases on visiting here for a minor treatment,” he said.

A patient from Bemina claimed that each time he visits the toilet he vomits because of the heavy stench emanating from human feces.

Sheemema, who is attending her daughter, is worried she may acquire an infection due to poor hygiene at the hospital.

“Service delivery at the hospital is poor. It takes hours for a patient to be attended by doctors. I spent almost an hour with my daughter at night in the emergency ward as there was only one doctor who was attending the patient. It is indeed heart breaking that cries of patients have for long gone unanswered,” she said. Despite several attempts, the hospital authorities could not be contacted for comments.

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