G Krishnaiah of Bhongir, who came for his wife’s treatment to Gandhi Hospital is on the verge of being admitted to the hospital himself. The reason for Krishnaiah’s worsening condition being the patient’s attendants forced to wait outside in the hot weather coupled with the lack of adequate drinking water in the hospital.
With most water coolers and filters in the hospital not functioning, the patients are forced to purchase mineral water from outside. “I have been here since the last three days and my condition has deteriorated as there is no safe drinking water available in the hospital and I am forced to purchase water from outside for myself and for my wife. My economic condition is not so sound but still I am purchasing mineral water from outside as I do not have any other option”, Krishnaiah said.
This is not the only the story of Krishnaiah, but of almost everyone who visits the Gandhi Hospital for treatment. Due to shortage of drinking water supply, patients and their attendants are facing a lot of hardships. With the temperature rising every passing day, it has turned very difficult for patients and their attendants to stay at the hospital.
The waiting hall is over crowded and unhygienic, and the attendants have to take shelter under some block or trees. The patients have to stock water in the night as the shops near the hospital close down after 10.30 pm.
“I came for my son’s treatment and I never thought that I would have to undergo such sufferings and have to struggle even to get drinking water. The government should immediately take note of the situation and take necessary steps to improve the situation”, said K Ramachandra Chary of Sangareddy.
The Radiology block of the hospital does not have a single water cooler or filter in its premises. For undergoing ultra sound test, one needs to consume some amount of water but still the hospital authorities have not made any arrangement for the patients. Patients can be seen standing in front of the ultra sound room holding mineral water bottles in their hand. If the staff are asked for water, they ask patients to get it from outside.
The officials admitted that there is a shortage of drinking water in the hospital and that the administration is trying its best to improve it. They said the non-functioning water coolers and filters are being repaired.