People rue unhygienic toilets in SMHS hospital



Srinagar: With most hospitals, mainly government ones, unable to maintain hygienic standards and take proper infection control measures, people visiting SMHS Hospital here, alleged that they are facing health problems due to unhygienic conditions at the hospital.

Scores of patients who talked to KNS on Wednesday said that there is need for quick intervention from the higher authorities to change the situation to prevent the people visiting hospital from acquiring hospital borne infections.

“Such situation can cause a serious infection to the patients with open wounds. Most of the toilets at the hospital are clogged with filth causing immense inconvenience to the patients and their attendants,” said Sajad who had come here for the treatment.

He alleged that there are negligible numbers of functional toilets in the hospital.

The patients alleged that apart from being dirty, there are no specific bathrooms for men and women while most of them are without doors due to which the female attendants find it difficult to use them.

Though the hospital administration time and again claims that they always work hard to keep the toilets clean, but the ground reality is very different.

When this reporter visited the hospital he found that the toilets in the hospital are “very dirty” and in “subhuman” condition. Interestingly, sources reveal that the toilets reserved for staffs are clean.

“Due to the poor state of toilets, Public have to urinate in the open,” said an annoyed Patient and added that the Toilets are unhygienic and had blocked sewerage or broken doors or in need of immediate repairs.

Patients say that a nauseating smell pervades in and around bathrooms as the authorities take no measures to prevent the foul smell. “Though we don’t complain about the treatment, but going to the washrooms in this hospital is like visiting a hell on earth. They stink to high heaven and those visiting these are prone to infections,” Shabir Ahmad from Bemina, who was accompanying her daughter for treatment, said

He said that situation is worse in the flush toilets which remain always blocked due to lack of water. It is terrible to be here. One can contract dangerous diseases on visiting here for the treatment,” he said and added each time he visits the toilet he vomits because of the heavy stench emanating from human feces.

Mehmooda, attending her mother in the Gastroenterology ward is worried that her mother may acquire infection due to poor hygiene at the hospital.

When contacted Medical Superintendent of the hospital he was not available for comments. (KNS)










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