ADILABAD: The side drain filled with the syringes, hospital waste and others at the main entrance of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here speaks volumes about the filth at the hospital which is visited by nearly 2,000 patients from several parts of the district as well as bordering villages in Maharashtra.
Established in 2008, the hospital got a good infrastructure in terms of buildings but does not boast of proper upkeep.
The leakages from the pipelines of toilets at several places make the floors of maternity ward and some other places dirty and stinking. There are other leakages too which create puddles in the parking place.
Though officials claim that they are making efforts to keep the hospital clean and tidy by appointing a house-keeping agency, floors with stains is a common sight here.
Like at any other government hospital, the leftover food, carry-bags and the wrappers of bread can be seen outside the windows of several wards.
“If patients go the hospital for treatment of their diseases, their attendants may also get admitted to the hospital later on due to the unhygienic conditions at the hospital,” said S Gangamni, relative of a patient.
Contrary to the normal practice of providing special facilities to women, the staff keep the toilets meant for women closed and force them to use the toilets for men on the second and third floors of general wards.
Besides, disposal of hazardous biomedical waste is allegedly not taking place in a proper way. According to sources, the sanitary workers throw the waste into the common garbage dumping place on the premises of the hospital violating the norms and also posing threat to the health of the people.
It is said that the hospital produces 200 kg of infectious biomedical waste and 400 kg of non-infectious waste besides 100 kg of garbage. A senior municipal official said municipal workers were removing the hazardous waste thinking it to be normal garbage, thus exposing themselves to the hazardous waste.
Resident medical officer Dr Ch Vinay Kumar said that they had entered into an agreement with a new contractor and were taking steps to improve the sanitary conditions and hinted at introduction of mechanised cleaning. He said they would send a proposal to the government for establishment of an incinerator facility in the district since the biomedical waste was now being collected by an incinerator firm in Nizamabad district.