Nine-month pregnant Sapna stood for nearly four hours outside the gynaecology out-patient department (OPD) at Mother Child Hospital attached to the Lord Mahavira civil hospital here, as there was no space to sit due to huge patient rush.
Patients in condition similar like that of Sapna and women with other gynaecological problems have this situation at the hospital on daily basis.
The building of Mother Child Hospital is huge and modern, but in the name of facilities for the patients, it still stands nowhere.
“I came here to get admitted in hospital as I am due delivery. It is really difficult for me to stand outside the OPD and wait for my turn for nearly four hours,” said Sapna, who came from Old Sabzi Mandi.
There is not a single chair or bench or any other space to sit outside the OPD in the newly constructed Mother Child Hospital. These was huge rush in the OPD on Tuesday as it opened after two holidays. Only one gynaecologist, Dr Renu Beri, was attending to the patients.
Giaspura resident Preet Kaur said, “I came here for check-up at 9am after leaving my three-year-old child at a neighbour’s home, but it is 1.30pm and I am still waiting for my turn. My stomach is aching and it is difficult for me to stand for so long.”
Patients outside the OPD were also restless as they have been waiting since long. A few pregnant patients also complained that the marble floor was slippery and it was difficult for them to walk. They suggested that mats should be laid on the floor to avoid any untoward incident.
The patients were also left puzzled at the hospital as there was no inquiry counter and they had to get issued the OPD slip from the civil hospital.
Cheques under Mata Kaushalya Scheme distributed
After a long time, the women who delivered recently got their cheques under the Mata Kaushalya Scheme by the state government. No cheques were provided to the new mothers since long as there were no funds at the state level. Now, there were long queues at the hospital to collect the cheque of `1000, when the women came to know that the fund is available.
Shift in OPD rooms leaves patients irked
At the civil hospital, two or three OPDs have been shifted to other rooms. As the gynaecology and paediatric OPDs have been shifted to the Mother Child Hospital, other OPDs have been shifted to their rooms, but the patients were not informed about it.
The medicine OPD which was in room number 101 earlier was shifted to 109 and the orthopaedics department was shifted in room number 105 which earlier housed the gynaecology department. A patient who came for the medicine OPD was directed to room no 101, but he was left hassled as it was locked.
Ramesh Shrivastva, a social worker, said, “There should be proper information about such changes, so that patients should not get harassed. The names on rooms should be replaced or at least the OPD slip counter should display a board about the changes.”