The Madhya Pradesh government’s ambitious Kayakalp-2 project at the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH), is far from over, but the initiatives undertaken during the renovation programme has already started to wear off.
And the decision not to allow patient’s attendants to take or eat food in the wards or corridors, drawn jointly by the hospital management and the district administration, was the first to be thrown out of the window.
This comes when the hospital had appointed several special guards and doctors to ensure that the ‘no food’ rule, drawn up to control rodents that thrive on the leftovers, was strictly implemented and adhered with.
According to sources in the hospital, the practice stopped as soon as fumigation was completed.
In fact a large number of people were found eating food right under the nose of the special guards.
"It makes me so furious. People do not listen to the guards at all and moreover the administration is weak in implementing the rule. If people continue to throw food and eat inside the hospital, it will be difficult to keep the premises rodent-free," said Sanjay Karmarkar, chairman of Laxmi Fumigation and Private Limited (LFPL), which was roped in to carry out fogging.
According to Karmakar, more than 10,000 rats were killed during the entire fumigation operation.
He said that the hospital had entered into an agreement with the private company at the start of the project that requires the latter to keep the premises rat-free for the next five years.
"We signed a contract. But with the kind of assistance we are getting from the administration, it is very difficult to manage things. If it continues we will call off the entire operation," he said, adding that the private company is slapped a fine on a single lapse.
When approached on the issue, divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey said: "I have received some complaints. But now as the matter has been highlighted by the media, I will make the chief medical officer stationed at each floor to ensure that nobody does it (eat food in the corridors). Furthermore, if they fail to perform their duty, action will be taken against them. Attendants too will be fined if found flouting rules."