Although Bhai Mohkam Singh Satellite Hospital boasts of a good building and a footfall of over 120 patients every day, the hospital lacks basic amenities to facilitate the patients.
Situated at Sakatri Bagh area, the hospital having 12 rooms, a laboratory, an X-ray room and four beds, is however not up to mark in maintaining hygiene, resulting in threats of infection.
The hospital caters to around 20, 000 people of the surrounding areas and is easily accessible to the slum-dwellers living nearby.
The hospital falls short in maintain the upkeep required in a medical institute. For example, the building is surrounded by wild grass on all sides. Secondly, in a few cases, some necessary medicines were also unavailable at times of need.
Jasbir Kaur, who was accompanying a patient said, “We had to purchase the injections and other medicines from outside. Also, the bathrooms are dirty and the furniture is old.”
Another complainant Rajwant Kaur of Guru Nanak Colony said, “When we arrived at the hospital, there were no bed sheets and the washrooms are also dirty. My sister-in-law delivered a child here and the child was wrapped in an unclean cloth.”
Talking about the problems faced by the staff, Harpreet Kaur, a nurse on duty said, “There is no security for the female staff as there are no guards at night. We also need an ultrasound machine. However, a new operation theatre will start functioning soon.”
Meanwhile, Dr Balbir Singh, medical officer on duty said, “We are committed to provide better health care and plan to hold meetings with the authorities for better furniture. The wild grass will be managed soon. We also need staff four employees here.”