Bilal Ahmad

Washrooms at SDH Sopore left to stink

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BMO says patients, attendants 'responsible'

Sopore: Despite tall claims of the government to improve the health sector in Kashmir, scores of indoor and outdoor patients visiting Sub district hospital, Sopore are complaining of poor hygienic conditions in the hospital.
Patients at the hospital said the hospital premises especially the washrooms were at high risk of infection due to the unhygienic washrooms there.
Mymoona Bano, an attendant of a patient at the hospital said, “There is poor sanitation in the hospital and foul smell emanates from the washrooms inside the hospital particularly in casualty and other wards of the hospital.”
Farooq Ahmad, a patient said, “There is lack of sanitation in the hospital especially the wards and foul smell comes out of the washrooms. We have to use masks inside the hospital and authorities have failed to look into the issue.”
The toilets, he said, were littered and were not cleaned for days.
“There is bad smell emanating from these dirty washrooms. Such situation can cause serious infection to the patients with open wounds,” Farooq said adding that some toilets inside the wards were “totally defunct and are blocked with filth causing immense inconvenience to the patients and their attendants”.
One of the sanitation worker at the hospital said, “We clean the washrooms frequently but due to heavy rush of patients, their attendants and visitors to the hospital it becomes difficult to maintain it all the time”.
Block Medical Officer of the hospital, Dr Samiullah interestingly refuted the allegations by the visitors to the hospital.
He however conceded, “Some of them are defunct because of repairment work which is in progress since a week”
Not blaming the sanitation workers, Dr Samiullah said that patients and their attendants were “more responsible for the poor hygiene in the hospital”.
“Despite repeated warnings and advice to the patients and their attendants to dump garbage at the designated spots, they throw it inside the toilets,” he said.

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad is a reporter and covers city beat and sports, can be contacted [email protected].

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