Activists of the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC), which has launched the “Bajawange dhol, kholange pol” drive, went to the civil hospital here on Friday and asked the patients about their complaints. They listed their complaints and wrote a representation to the authorities on the possible solution of their problems in the hospital. They then met the senior medical officer (SMO) Dr Anup Kumar Modi and sought his views on the complaints of patients and other visitors.
The patients complained about the usual absence of the doctors and other medical staff, snail pace working and long queues at the outpatient department and at all other counters. The patients also complained about the unavailability of medicines in Jan Aushdhi stores.
YC leader Bunny Khera and others made the SMO to accompany them to the sites of garbage dumps in the hospital premises and made him aware of shabby state of the canteen and toilets.
Faced with questions on cleanliness, the SMO blamed the municipality for the lack of sanitation and stagnant water as the sewerage pipes in the hospital premises were blocked.
He admitted that there was a shortage of staff, so it was difficult to cater to the public with less than half of the required staff. He said there were only 12 doctors against 24 posts in the hospital. He said the hospital administration had written to the municipal authorities, the sub-divisional magistrate and tehsildar a number of times, but to no avail.
“Unable to afford private hospitals, we have to come here. My back aches a lot and it is my third visit today and still the orthopedic surgeon has been unavailable for the past one hour,” said Basant Kaur, a senior citizen, waiting outside the cabin of the doctor.
Members of the Youth Congress then distributed the drafted application among the patients and asked them to sign them. Khera said more than 200 applications would be sent to the health minister and thedeputy commissioner telling them about the state of the hospital and the difficulties the patients were facing.
The activists also cleaned a block in the hospital and cleared it of garbage.
Senior Congress leader from Nabha Pawan Garg said that the government could spend Rs 29 crore on a five-star road to the Badal family hotel, but the same government had no funds for better public services.