Kashmir’s lone Chest Disease hospital continues to face government neglect and is grappling with shortage of basic facilities like sanitation, drinking water and proper fencing.
Patients suffering from chest ailments said the hospital has poor sanitation due to which they are made to suffer.
“I am suffering from chest ailment and there is foul smell and dust. It is difficult to breathe in such an environment." said Ghulam Hassan Mir, a Pulwama resident.
Parvez Ahmad, a Srinagar resident, said as it is the only Chest Disease hospital in Kashmir it should not have poor sanitation condition.
“This hospital should have proper sanitation otherwise the health of the patients deteriorates instead of recovering,” he said.
The hospital has made the facility of drinking water by setting up an aqua guard but these are not functional.
A Budgam resident Naziasaid that not all patients and their attendants carry drinking water from home which causes great hardship to them due to lack of drinking facilities.
“The hospital has Pure It water purifier installed but it is of no purpose unfortunately as it’s not working,” she said.
The non-availability of drinking water compels people to buy water from the market which is unaffordable for hundreds of patients and attendants.
Aside from lack of drink facilities and poor sanitation, the hospital has no proper fencing due to which stray dogs make their way to the hospital each day.
“The number of stray dogs in the hospital is sometimes more than the number of patients. The presence of so many dogs is inconvenient and threatening for the patients,” said an attendant.
Both patients and attendants are scared due to the presence of dogs in the hospital premises especially during evening hours.
“We don’t even put our kids down from our laps. We fear dogs may attackthem,” he said.
The Hospital’s Medical Superintendent, DrSaleemTak admitted that there is improper fencing and added that “they would make the aqua guards functional.”
“We are working on the boundary walls and it will be completed soon,” he said.
Tak said that in the outpatient department there is lack of space.
“When there is rush of people it leads to improper sanitation,” Tak said.
About the presence of dogs in the hospital premises, Tak said they are in touch with the authorities of Srinagar Municipal Corporation to get rid of the problem of stray dogs.