October 20, 2020

Model hospital you shouldn’t look up to

Patna: The Employees State Insurance Corporation Model Hospital at Phulwarisharif remained waterlogged for almost three days now prompting patients to bear all sorts of inconvenience.

Even after the three-day heavy rainfall in Patna stopped on Sunday, the main entrance of the hospital remained submerged in rainwater up to 2ft making patients and relatives to wade through murky water to seek medical care in a hospital run by the Union ministry of labour and employment.

The hospital near block office in Phulwarisharif, 8km from Patna Junction, provide medical aid to central and state government employees and their families but waterlogging remains a problem for several years.

Arun Kumar Sharma, the medical superintendent of the hospital, said: “We have put into use three pumps – one provided by the agency undertaking the construction of the hospital’s new building barely a few meters from the old building. Two have been provided by Nagar Parshad and Patna Municipal Corporation. We hope the waterlogging problem ends by next week. The area is low therefore waterlogging is a concern for the hospital and it is compounded by the overflow of old drain near the hospital. Therefore the hospital is constructing an alternative drainage system so that patients don’t face difficulty in reaching the ESIC hospital.”

Sumit Kumar, 36, from Hajipur who was seen standing in a queue at the medicine counter of the hospital, said: “Waterlogging in the hospital is a never-ending problem. I came with my family in the last monsoon and it was similarly waterlogged. Rainwater had entered the hospital three days ago but the water level has gone down now. Still a lot of water stands accumulated near the medicine shop and on the hospital premises. If it showers again, water will enter the patient’s rooms,” said a hospital employee.

Arun Kumar Sharma, who took charge just a few months ago, said: “The construction of the new building of the hospital has been undertaken by MECON Ltd (a government agency). The hospital would shift to the new building after it is ready and the existing building would be renovated.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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