Nothing seems to be well with the 63-year-old Government Ayurvedic Hospital in Aradi of Chandbali block. This is the oldest Ayurveda hospital in Bhadrak district.
A hospital staffer, requesting anonymity, said ever since its inception in 1949 no funds have been sanctioned by the State Government for its maintenance. Paint of the building has peeled off, doors and windows have either been broken and or are hanging from hinges. Walls and roofs have developed deep cracks and during rains, water seeps in. “The outdoor facility is in a shambles. Its roof has developed cracks and may collapse anytime. During rains, water enters the outdoor room,” said Ashok Ray, member of Chadbali Yuba Parishad.
He added that although people of six to seven villages were earlier dependant on this hospital, now no one comes here due to lack of facilities and timely health care services.
Although the hospital authorities have brought the condition of the hospital to the notice of authorities concerned several times in the past, it has yielded no response.