LUDHIANA: Non-functional elevator at Mother and Child Hospital (MCH) at civil hospital is the major flaw of the authorities as the recovery maternity ward is located at second floor of MCH.
According to the sources, elevator is not functional from past several years as few years before, a child got stuck in the lift and authorities switched off the functioning lifts after that very incident.
However, maternity recovery ward is at second floor and patients shifted to that particular ward through ramp as elevator is available but still not having the use.
According to highly places a sources in department, the contract has been done with the contractor regarding the presence of elevator operator but no one is there.
One of the employees at MCH on requesting anonymity said, “This is major flaw on part of authorities as few years back, one child got stuck in elevator and hospital authorities have turned off the elevator and now patients are being shifted to recovery ward through ramp”.
When contacted Senior Medical Officer Kulwinder Singh said, “We have shortage of man power in hospital due to which elevator is not operational and will discuss this matter with higher authorities so that patients would not suffer from any problem”.
However, many times patients have given complaint to the authorities regarding the non-functional elevators as maternity ward is located on the second floor. Authorities have shown their careless attitude towards this issue.
However, another issue is of locked washrooms near the elevator. Patients admitted at gynae ward at mother child hospital on requesting anonymity claimed that they are forced to use the washroom at far places which is major problem. However, washrooms available at far places are in pathetic condition.
Moreover, most of the patients admitted in the hospital are not in a condition to walk to far places to use the washrooms. “I am suffering from different gynae problem though most of the times the washrooms are locked and I have requested the concerned authorities to take required action as patients have to suffer from several problems” said patient on requesting anonymity.
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