Amritsar’s Sahib Singh Hospital surviving in cramped arrangements

  • Divya Sharma, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 16:41 IST
A patient lying in the corridors of the hospital on Tuesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

A four-bedded Bhai Sahib Singh Memorial Sattelite Hospital inside the premises of Princess of Wales Janana Hospital at Dhab Khatikan faces trouble in their day to day functioning.

The hospital, named after one of the five Sikh Panj Pyaras (the five beloved ones), is being managed in five rooms- a dental room, a labour room, a pharmacy, a four-bedded ward and senior medical officer’s (SMO) room.

The level of space constraint is such that the hospital authorities are forced to keep wheeler chairs, stretchers and in some cases even the patients, in the corridor of the small building.

Gurneet Kaur, auxiliary nurse midwife said, “We have to keep patients in the corridor in case of heavy rush. However, we avoid keeping pregnant women outside.”


Hospital staff using water from the MC tanker. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

The water arrangement in the hospital is done through a water tank of the municipal corporation as the hospital has no supply of its own. Ramandeep Kaur, a nursing student on training, said, “There is a huge problem of water supply. There is tank to wash hands and a water cooler to drink from.”

A doctors on duty on the condition of anonymity said, “The water problem came up after the construction of the Janana hospital began under the National Health Mission. I have written to the authorities to solve it on priority.”

Adding to the woes, the hospitals lacks an X-ray as there is no room to put up a separate X-ray unit.


However, despite the problems, the medical institution has an average of 40 patients visiting the OPD (Outpatient department) and 30 gyenic cases.

Saurabh Arora, accompanied by his wife, said, “The treatment here is good. The doctors are cooperative and we don’t mind facing a few hassles if the treatment is satisfactory.”

Meanwhile, Dr Prabhdeep Kaur Johal, deputy medical commissioner, said, “I am aware of the problem. I would address the issue of water as well sewerage with the civic authorities. Moreover, this is a temporary arrangement. We will be shifted to a new building that is being constructed by the PWD department at Fatehpur. So no funds would be invested in this building.”


The hospital was originally set up at at Fatehpur in 2007 with a 10-bed facility. The Fatehpur building was demolished after the Amritsar central jail was shifted to Fatehpur by the district administration. Hence, the hospital was shifted to the present place in 2014. Earlier, the Fatehpur building had 18-rooms with 10-bed facility.

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