The district TB and chest diseases hospital on the Mall Road cries for immediate attention for itself before catering to the patients. The building paints a picture of a worn-out building, erupted windows, lack of proper bathrooms, amiss of basic infrastructure and a host to stray dogs.
The hospital, run for respiratory disorders, has patients sitting in and outside the building. The wards, though with proper beds and a doctor at call, are devoid of proper doors and windows. The net on these windows panes is cracked or broken making way for mosquitoes in the wards.
Jaswant Singh, who had come to see a patient said, “There are no facilities in this hospital. Considering it a TB hospital, the little things need to be taken care of.”
A few patients also complained of lack of medical facilities in the hospital. Aman Sharma, a resident of Putlighar area of the city, said they had to rush to other government hospital for medicines as well other required facilities. He said, “My father-in-law is admitted in the hospital. We had to rush a number of times to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) for his treatment. The hospital fails to ensure a proper medical treatment and keeps referring us to GNDH.”
“I came here yesterday with my aunt and preferred to take her home during night as here, mosquitoes are everywhere at night and even the lights were not working. It appears like a dense forest at night,” said Shankar Kumar.
Even the clinical lab inside the premises is not a very good condition with dilapidated walls. Also, there have been thefts in the past in the hospital.
Dr Naveen Pandhi, deputy medical superintendent of the hospital said, “I am aware of the problems here. The construction is on to revamp the wards and give a new look to the infrastructure. Patients are being referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for their own good in the absence of facilities such as digital x-ray here. We are not referring them to any private hospital or service provider. We are serious for revamping this hospital. I joined here only a few months ago and will try my best to do some good here.”