MAHBUBNAGAR: The district headquarters hospital in Mahbubnagar is as filthy as any other government hospital and the reasons too are almost the same. But, the sorry story of this institution turns the question, ‘why aren’t our hospitals clean?’ on its head.
Ask any staff member the reasons for the poor maintenance of the hospital that draws about 800-900 patients a day, pat comes the reply: “If we ask the workers to keep the premises clean, they want to know when they will be paid.”
The sanitation workers, numbering 46, have not been paid salaries for the last eight months by the contractor. Why? He himself hasn’t been paid by the government. This ‘work first, pay later and pay first, work later’ tussle has turned the hospital into a wasteland, complete with drainage puddles and pigs. But it is alarming as at least five persons have died of swine flu and about 30 others are undergoing treatment for the same at the hospital. “The workers and staff clean the offices regularly but neglect the wards and toilets,’’ complains a patient. The hospital has 17 wards and 250 beds while the number of in-patients stands at almost 400 and out-patients at 450. The hospital generates over 10 tonnes of waste per day and most of it lies all around the premises. The less said about the water supply the better. Patients and their kin are forced to buy water from outside even to attend to nature’s call.
When contacted, hospital superintendent Dr G Samuel explained that the government had roped in an agency on contract basis for the hospital’s maintenance. “They are doing well even though they are not paid regularly. The administration is strictly monitoring them. A new building is under construction and 200 more beds will soon be added,” he said. Asked about the pigs on the premises, he said the government had allocated land for pig rearing on the outskirts but hastened to assure that the swines will be shifted soon.