At a local civil hospital the yardsticks for patients are defined by their background.
If the patient belongs to any political party or is a relative of minister, necessary tests, treatment and staff will be around for 24 hours.
But, the ‘parameters of care’ changes if the patient carries an unknown tag. The last section of orthopaedics ward in the Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Hospital, has reportedly become ‘unknown wing’. The patients here are victims of rail or road mishaps. They are usually brought by cops and left abandoned.
The patients reportedly are being looked after by volunteers of a social welfare organisation. The said organisation has been operating in the hospital for last 32 years.
They bring medicines, meals and take these patients for regular tests. From this particular section a foul smell coupled with dysfunctional fans welcomed HT on the visit, on Tuesday.
As per other patients, lights remain off during night in this section. On July 19, a patient who has been named Pappu, by a volunteer was admitted in this ward as unknown this year. The patient was admitted by government railway police with an amputated arm and other serious injuries.
“Volunteers purchased medicines and air mattress to save me from bed sours,” said Pappu. “They fit urine bag and diaper as I am totally unable to move”, he added. Painfully he tries to sit on bed with assistance of a rope, tied by volunteers on the rear side of bed.
“I don’t remember mobile number of my family members in Katihar, Bihar”, Pappu told. Another unknown patient who is infested with maggots, in one of his legs, was asking for food from the visitors.
The foul smell from his body is making other patients in the ward uncomfortable. The nameless patient is attended by volunteers who arranged a special kind of oil to remove maggots from his leg.
It is difficult to treat him as he doesn’t stay still, said an attending staff member. Only volunteers bring food and medicines for him, he added.
Recently, the health department was busy in offering best treatment and care to Surinder Kaur, cousin of Vijay Sampla who was shifted here from PIMS.
Even senior officials of department visited her many times. When contacted, medical superintendent Dr Varindera Singh said that she will visit the ward on Wednesday and talk to the concerned staff.