Hospital lets OPD go waste

Hospital lets OPD go waste

Built in 2007, childrens ward remains unused for five years

The children’s outpatient ward of Swami Dayanand Hospital which comes under East Delhi Municipal Corporation  has not been functioning for five yea


The new ward had come up in 2007 because of the acute shortage of space in the hospital to treat  children.

But currently three small rooms on the ground floor serve as OPD, in which eight paediatricians see on hundreds of children every day. 

EDMC mayor Annapurna Mishra said action will be taken on wastage of public money. She said officials responsible for the delay will be punished.

The ward is located on the third floor. A lift was also fixed in the same year. It also
remains non-operational so far.

Ward not handed over

The new ward has not been handed over to the hospital by the municipal corporation. Authorities did not clarify about the hitch in this transfer.

Dr R N Bansal, medical superintendent of the hospital, said he is in talks with the officials of municipal corporation and a way out will be found to take possession of the ward. He said the ward will then start functioning.

Lift doesn’t work

Some hospital sources in the hospital said as the lift is not working, the ward could also not be made functional.

However, others cited shortage of staff for not opening the new ward.