HYDERABAD:Less said the better about Tuberculosis (TB) clinic at Osmania General Hospital (OGH), which is in a pathetic condition. The clinic is a garbage dump, filled with rubbish, litter, dust, spit, empty boxes and all kinds of waste matter lying around. So much so, clinic officials are forced to work in atrocious conditions.
“Sanitation is a major issue. We have been constantly complaining to the RMO and the sanitation inspector, but nobody comes to clean the premises. Garbage has gathered in large portions at the clinic for weeks. We are resigned to our fate,” complained a visibly disturbed Rajendra Kumar, TB Medical Officer.
The entire premises is enveloped in spit, which is extremely scary considering TB can be spread through spit. Narrating an incident, Rajendra Kumar said, “The attendants who come spit as they wish and there is no way to control them. One day, to my horror, I noticed a man relieving himself inside the premises of the clinic. All my complaints fell on his deaf ears,” he rued.
When the matter of sanitation was raised, RMO Dr Padmaja shied away from responsibilty. “Sanitation contract has been given to an agency and we don’t have complete authority over them,” she said.
HIV Patients Neglected
The HIV AIDS section is the most neglected ward in the entire hospital. Worse, there seems to tremendous ignorance about the disease even among senior doctors. Paramedics and nurses are scared to even go close to the patients who are treated like untouchables. The ward is extremely filthy and is in a pitiful condition.
“Nobody likes to go near a HIV-positive patient. I myself feel scared while approaching them,” a senior officer expressed. Paramedics and officials inside the HIV ward maintain that this ward along with the TB clinic is completely ignored by the higher authorities.
At a time when innumerable medical camps are being conducted in every district, there is still a mountain to climb as far as creating awareness on AIDS in OGH is concerned.