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MTH hospital shuns expectant mothers

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 01:47 IST

IN WHAT can be called as a ‘monumental neglect’ (pun intended), the Govindram Seksaria Prasuti Griha and the Maharani Chandrawati Female Hospital (which has entered 100th year of its existence), popularly known as MTH hospital, have problems aplenty, thanks to the apathy of the administrators of the parent institution, the M Y Hospital.

The place, which entertains expectant mothers day in and day out, lacks sufficient staff, particularly trained nurses. There is a shortage of equipment too which have not been sanctioned during last many years.

But ironically, the hospital, which was once planned to be developed as a model ‘mother and child hospital’, today is turning back expectant mothers who need a caesarean section operation as no anaesthetist is willing to come to serve there.

“Since October 2006 we are facing this problem. I have brought the matter to the notice of the authorities concerned but to no avail. And unfortunately, we have to refer all caesarean cases to M Y Hospital,” according to gynaecologist Dr Hema Dhandh, who is in-charge of the facility, situated bang in the heart of the city with enviable lush green surroundings.

The hospital’s 65 beds are counted as part of the Obstetric and Gynaecology Department of the M Y Hospital and junior and senior RSOs are regularly sent from the College on rotation. Similarly, gynaecologists and paediatricians too are sent on rotational duty. Its only the anaesthetist  services that are lacking due to which daily 2-4 females are referred to the M Y Hospital, Dr Dhandh told Hindustan Times.

When asked, M Y Hospital Superintendent Dr D K Jain said, “The duties are put up regularly for the anaesthetist’ too. If they are not turning up for duty, she (Dr Dhandh) should take action.”

But the problems do not end there. The hospital does not even have a sonography machine and the patients have to get it done either privately, paying more money or at M Y Hospital.

“We have sent so many letters regarding this. But what to do?” says Dr Dhandh. According to Dr Jain, “The sonography machine’s cost is beyond my signing limit. The College  (MGM Medical College) body has to sanction it.” The demand is pending since 2002.

But Dr Dhand claims that to put up the issue before the College administration, she is denied a chance as she is not even informed or invited to the regular meetings where such proposals are discussed.

The issue came up for discussion during the last week’s District Health Society’s meeting when Collector Vivek Aggarwal was irked to know about the mis-happenings. However, even after a week, there has been no action taken by the MY and MGM administration.

Scratch a little and one comes up with a volley of problems at the hospital premises. Starting from adequate water supply, less number of toilets as compared to number of wards and also the location of the toilets which are outside, shortage of space to accommodate more number of females even when there is scope for increasing the bed-strength by building new wards, absence of regular ‘dhobi’ services, staff quarters, mainly nurses, in poor condition and last but not the least, not even a proper compound wall for the whole premises.

Even the regular repairs which the hospital, spread over three main buildings, needs are not being carried out by the concerned department. But even in such conditions, Dr Dhandh says, “Our only solace and satisfaction is the explicit trust put in us by these women. That inspires us to work with available resources.”