Poonam (21), who underwent a surgery, is forced to share a bed with Sheetal and her baby, born on Thursday at Mother-Child Hospital.
Similar is the plight of many other patients, who are admitted at postnatal ward of the hospital on the premises of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital.
Ayyali village resident Poonam said, “I was shifted to the postnatal ward after my surgery on Friday. I was told that there’s no vacant bed, and I will have to share it with another patient, who delivered a baby on Friday. So, we are forced to manage with a single bed and resting on rotation.”
Sheetal of Amarpura, who is sharing bed with Poonam, said, “This morning hospital staff shifted Poonam to the bed allotted to me and my newborn daughter. Three people sharing a bed is sheer harassment. Besides, living in such conditions may lead to infections, and newborns easily acquire infections. Authorities should arrange more beds.”
During the visit, HT found that all 8 beds in a ward of the hospital, were being shared by two or three patients, even though more than 40 beds were lying unused on the first floor of the hospital.
We are facing a shortage of staff at the hospital due to which patients are not being shifted to the first floor that has
48 beds said Hussan Lal, National Rural Health Mission director, who was on an inspection visit at the civil hospital on Friday. “We have initiated the process to outsource staff from Baba Farid University, Faridkot, and recruit staff on contract. As soon as we get the staff, rooms on the first floor will be put into use,” Lal added.
Staff crunch affecting services
Besides, staff shortage is affecting services. Against the ideal scenario of one nurse taking care of five patients, one staff nurse has to attend as many as 45 patients at the hospital said a matron, requesting anonymity. The labour room, emergency ward, operation theatres and burns unit, are working with just half the staff of its requirement.
She said, “The nursing staff performs multiple tasks from checking temperature, pulse and respiration of a patient to maintaining records and going on rounds in the wards. Sometimes, staff even has to perform the job of a pharmacist. We are overburdened and need staff.”
Lal also inspected de-addiction centre, ART Centre, general wards and integrated counselling and testing centre. Punjab State Aids Control deputy director Manpreet Chhatwal and civil surgeon Dr Renu Chatwal accompanied him.