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Friday, May 29, 2020

Amid pandemic, unhygienic toilets at Sub District Hospital Kangan worries patients




Wajid Lone

Ganderbal: In times of sterlization and sanitation, hundreds of patients visiting Sub District Hospital in Kangan on daily basis, have been worried over the unhygienic conditions of toilets available for them, amidst the current pandemic.

The Trauma cum Sub District Hospital Kangan, is posing a threat to the health of patients as they complain of acute unhygenic condition of toilets, present at hospital. All the toilets meant for patients, lie in a worse state except for those, which are meant for the hospital staff.

Few washrooms are available for patients and the condition of every washroom is deplorable, broken flush and constant water leakage is evident. Besides this, the defunct electricity lights are leaving patients into darkness on nights, unless the patient carries a light along with him.

Scores of patients talking to reporter said that they are facing difficulties due to the underlying condition of toilets, and this can prove disastrous amid the prevailing circumstances. "Every washroom present inside the hospital is out of bounds, they lack every requirement even basic, and this is taking a toll on patients", they said.
They requested the authorities to look into the grave concern, and make the toilets atleast suitable for normal use so that the patients there, could heave a sigh of relief.
“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 Rafiqa, an attendant with a pregnant woman.
Patients as well as attendants have to face a lot of inconvenience due to the poor condition of toilets, which has now become worrisome due to the prevailing circumstances. The patients rued that the very institution that advises us to maintain hygiene and cleanliness has failed miserably to ensure the same at the hospital.
Talking to the reporter, Ishfaq Ahmad, an attendant with a pregnant woman, said, “It is really a difficult task to use these urinals which stink to high heaven. Owing to the foul smell, on Thursday morning, I would have vomited inside the toilet had I not run outside.”

Another attendant Riyaz Ahmad, said, “It seems that latrine points were not cleaned for ages. I am not sure whether it is the fault of cleaning staff here who are not doing their job properly or is it the concerned officials of the health department not supplying the required cleaning material to the cleaning staff.”

While the hospital is struggling to maintain cleanliness in toilets, the concerned authority blame lack of civic sense in people for the current state of these toilets.
When contacted Chief Medical Officer Ganderbal Mr. Mehraj ud Din, he said, “I have looked into the matter, its every one's responsibility to ensure cleaning, hospital is for patients only, its very unfortunate shopkeepers and other people who are visiting Market use those Washrooms”. “I have directed the concerned Medical Superintendent regarding the same”, he added

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