Patients visiting Malwa region's biggest government hospital, Rajindra Hospital, have been going through a tough time these days in the absence of adequate stretchers and wheelchairs.
Many critical patients can be seen agonisingly waiting for stretchers outside the emergency wards, or being carried by their attendants for treatment to rest of the 22 wards.
Hundreds of patients, many in critical condition, visit the hospital for treatment everyday but the authorities so far haven't found it necessary to have adequate stretchers for them. "We have informed the hospital authorities that the shortage of stretchers is causing inconvenience to patients, but to no avail," said a nurse on the condition of anonymity.
Gaurav Dogra, suffering from a severe stomach problem, said: "I needed a stretcher immediately on my arrival to the hospital as I wasn't in a condition to walk on my own, but none was available. When we contacted a nurse for a stretcher, she told us that all of them were occupied."
For an emergency patient, it becomes a painful experience to visit various rooms for tests like CT-scan, X-Ray in the absence of a stretcher. Assuring that more stretchers will be made available for patients, medical superintendent Dr VK Sharda said: "We have purchased 20 new stretchers and the damaged ones have been sent for repair. Soon, there will be no shortage of stretchers."