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Civil hospital to get CCTV cameras soon

Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, March 09, 2014
First Published: 21:23 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 21:24 IST(9/3/2014)

With the aim to keep a tab on movement of visitors on the premises of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta has written to director, health services, seeking funds for installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the hospital premises.

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The cameras are a long-pending department of many organisations and even officials of the civil hospital that has witnessed many untoward incidents. While there have been fights among rival groups in the past, there have also been incidents wherein undertrials who came for check-up fled from the hospital.

Patients also often allege improper treatment and attention from medical staff at the out-patient departments (OPDs) and general wards.

Sensing all these necessities, Dr Batta wrote to director, health services, to allocate budget for CCTV cameras. "We have sent a proposal for the budget to the health department as CCTVs are much needed to keep a tab on the activities of the hospital. It's a huge hospital, but does not have much security, even as it gets visitors from all sections of society and even undertrials," Dr Batta said.

There is a need of at least 35 to 40 CCTV cameras to monitor each section of the hospital. Dr Batta said, "We will try to install a few cameras from our own district budget soon, and rest will be installed after the department sanctions the budget."

Senior medical officer Dr RK Karkara said, "Looking at the safety and security of patients as well as doctors, CCTV cameras need to be installed at the hospital complex. We hope to install cameras soon at least on the entrance and exit points."

Rogi Kalyan Samiti, which functions from the civil hospital, also plans to install CCTV cameras at the hospital.

Samiti member Shiv Ram Saroye said, "We are trying to get budget for the CCTV cameras, which we want to install in the general ward and the OPD. These are the places which see huge footfall, and we could monitor if patients face any problem during treatment."

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