Health Department officers feel ill over conditions in district hospital

Sudden raid surprises visitors

Officers of the Health and Family Welfare Department paid a surprise visit to the district hospital on Friday and were aghast at the conditions there.

bad shape: Officers of Health and Family Welfare Department visit the District Hospital in  Chikkaballapur on Friday. Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjula is also seen.DH photo“How can the district hospital have such a lack of system? Why is there no maintenance of any hygiene here? The walls of the operation theatre were damp and leaking,” said the officers. They found the water supply and quality to be poor. The hospital also has shortage of doctors and medical staff.

A series of questions followed, but the doctors and medical staff had hardly any answer. The officers themselves gave suggestions and instructions, saying a district hospital required much more facilities, ensured by doctors and medical officers.

Inspection rounds

The officers spent more than an hour inspecting the conditions of the hospital. Dr E V Ramana Reddy, secretary of the Department, also spoke to the doctors, medical staff and even patients at the hospital. He also assured people who complained about the conditions in the hospital that steps would be taken to solve the problems.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, Dr Reddy said the main reason for the lack of facilities is the taluk hospital was directly converted into the district hospital.

“Some of the smaller shortcomings can be resolved by making certain changes in the hospital. The doctors and staff will be instructed on the matter.” The ICU, operation theatre and potable water supply need enhancement. The hospital is congested and lacks enough number of doctors, adding to the pressure on the patients, he said.

“The construction of the new hospital will alleviate the district hospital of the current pressure.” Dr Reddy confirmed that the new building will come up on the new bus stand site.

Dr Bhaktavatsalam, District Health and Family Welfare Officer, Dr Selvakumar, Director, National Health Mission; Dr Raju, Joint Director of Health and Family Welfare Department, Dr N Manjula, Deputy Commissioner and others were present.

Work on new hospital building soon

The work on the new district hospital building will commence in about two months in the City.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Dr E V Ramana Reddy, secretary to Health and Family Welfare Department, said the site for the building had been identified after a long search.

“There has already been a delay in commencing the work. We searched for a suitable site and ultimately identified about five acres meant for the new bus stand.”

The new building will be a 250-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facility. The building now housing the district hospital will be converted as a hospital for women and children, he said.

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