STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

COVID-19: No drinking water facility at swab collection centre in Srikakulam

Despite sweltering heat, the swab collection centre at the Srikakulam government general hospital has no provision for drinking water or waiting area.

Published: 05th June 2020 10:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2020 10:11 AM   |  A+A-

Coronavirus

Health officials collecting swab samples. (Photo| EPS/Ashok Kumar)

Express News Service

SRIKAKULAM: Despite sweltering heat, the swab collection centre at the Srikakulam government general hospital has no provision for drinking water or waiting area.

They have just erected a tent near an underconstruction building, opposite the collection centre.

People who come to the GGH for voluntary testing were found standing in front of the centre for hours together on Thursday.  

Though the officials start registrations by 8 am, they took swab samples only after 12.30 pm.

Hearing complaints about the lack of amenities at the swab collection centre, TNIE on Thursday went to the GGH to take stock of the ground reality.

Though the registration for Covid-19 test was completed by 9.15 am, the technicians invited people for swab collection at 1.30 pm.

A man from Palasa was waiting to give his samples at the hospital since 7 am. 

Similarly, two constables from Battili police station were waiting since 9 am as they were asked to undergo Covid-19 test.

To top it,  there is no drinking water facility at the centre.

Due to lack of chairs, people sat under trees. A testing centre officials said there is no drinking water even for the staff.

District collector J Nivas assured TNIE that he would look into the matter and provide amenities at the centre.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp