Apart from their ailments, patients at civil hospital are faced with another problem - the hot summer and shortage of cold water as three out of four water coolers are lying defunct in its main building causing inconvenience to patients and their attendants.
Patients at Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Hospital have to go to the third floor near the intensive care unit (ICU) to quench their thirst where one water cooler is in the working condition, but one of the taps of the cooler is out of order. At times, long queues of attendants can be seen near the water cooler. The water coolers installed at ground floor, first floor and second floor are lying defunct.
Besides, attendants are also forced to clean utensils from taps in toilets.
Patients and their attendants have either to purchase the packed water or have to go outside the hospital where one of the coolers is working.
Surprisingly, the staff members of the civil hospital have their own facility for cold water in the offices of medical superintendent and deputy medical commissioner.
More than 1,200 people visit the civil hospital’s outpatient department (OPD) on the daily basis, besides 450 indoor patients.
One of the visitors in the OPD, Suresh Kumar Sharma (60), said he carried a water bottle with him before leaving for the hospital. He alleged that the government and authorities had failed to provide basic facilities at the hospital.
Another patient Vivek said it was appreciable that the government opened the new mother and child ward in the hospital at a cost of Rs 9 crore but it has failed to get the water coolers repaired.
Requesting anonymity, a doctor said none of the official was serious about the problem.