Even after two months of its renovation, private rooms at Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital, which was renovated using Rs 14 lakh, is still out of reach of the common man.
To add more to the apathy, the rooms, which were renovated for patients and their attendants in the old building of the hospital, have been given to paediatrics unit.
The patients at the civil hospital are harried a lot as the private rooms are locked and they have to use the existing general wards, which are crammed most of the time.
According to sources, nearly 20 private rooms had been locked from past several years for renovation and shortage of funds was the main problem in renovation of these rooms. But, now when rooms have been renovated, they are still not opened for patients.
Those patients, who ask to provide private rooms, either shift to private hospitals or return back to their homes.
The patients have to be admitted in the existing general wards and it doubles the risk of infection among patients and their attendants.
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities are blaming shortage of nursing staff and other employees as a reason for locking the private rooms.
An official, requesting anonymity, said at present, the hospital is managing 560 beds despite being sanctioned only 470 beds. All wards, including male, female, mother and child care and surgical wards, are overloaded.
He added that if private rooms were opened, it would reduce the burden in other wards.
The official added, “Two beds can be easily set up into each private room as the rooms are spacious and properly renovated.”
He stated that patients feel uneasy due to noise, crowd, and unhygienic conditions in the general wards.
On December 20, 2014, state health minister Surjit Kumar Jayani visited the hospital and expressed shock over the poor condition of the hospital.
The minister was unhappy after seeing leaking water pipes and blockage in sewerage in the building.
Meanwhile, medical superintendent Veena Pal was unavailable for comments despite repeated attempts.