The civil hospital in Phase 6 is a study in contrast. While the interior is relatively clean, the scene outside resembles a garbage pile and this remains a sore point.
With the poor needing cleanliness the most to avoid further penury as enunciated by PM Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on radio on Sunday, a relatively clean hospital that fails to ensure cleanliness around it is of no real relevance to society as such. HT diagnoses the problem and lists some possible solutions.
Parking plagued by not enough dustbins
The 24×7 parking lies littered, with the number of dustbins inadequate to handle the rush. With a huge footfall, the area needs regular clean up, which is not happening at the moment.
The tendency is to collect the garbage and shove it to a corner, where it lies dumped for hours. Waste collection then is a problem.
The green patch adjoining the parking needs to be cleaned on an urgent basis. Certain patches are clogged with water, allowing mosquitoes to breed and the sides are covered with Congress grass.
Rear entrance a front door to hell
One of the worst parts of the hospital is the rear entrance, where garbage is dumped in heaps. The ‘waiting area’, a structure shaped like a hut, gives the appearance of one big dustbin with disposable plates and glasses strewn around. The stench of the open gutter can make the dead turn in their graves.
Area adjoining lone medical store
The area adjoining the only medical store has been created into a dumping ground, where a rusted iron dustbin reeks of tokenism.
Drainage and leakage problems in bathrooms
Washrooms inside the hospital leak and do not have proper drainage. Water stagnates turning the area into slush.
‘Give us a few days’
Senior medical officer at the hospital Adesh Kang says, “The premises have just been cleaned. To clean the surroundings, we have formulated a plan. We shall not take more than a couple of days to clean the area.”