Over-crowded wards, stinking corridors welcome patients at MCH Anantnag

Anantnag: The Maternity and Child Hospital (MCH) Anantnag, which caters to all the four districts of south Kashmir, is in a messy state-of-affairs, thanks to an indolent administration and ill-mannered attendants.
The hospital often remains overcrowded with attendants as rodents make rounds of the hospital corridors with ease. The women with cesarean section or c-section could be seen lying on trolleys in the corridor waiting for beds to vacate.
The post operative wards 3 and 4 having the capacity of eight beds are stuffed with 20 beds with patients often complaining of suffocation.
The space between the two beds in both the labor and post operative wards is not more than one foot which as per the prescribed standards has to be not less than 6 feet.
“One can’t imagine the mess the hospital is in unless he sees it with his own eyes. It is better to let an expecting woman die at home than to bring her here. This is torture in the name of healthcare,” said Irshad Ahmad, whose wife was in ward 3.
Located in congested Sherbagh locality, the hospital has been declared unsafe by the fire and emergency authorities last year.
They had recommended construction of a new building for the hospital or shifting of the same to some safe and spacious building.
However more than a year has passed, the authorities are yet to take any measures for shifting of the hospital. Besides the space crunch, the washrooms attached to the hospital wards are often dirty and stink.
The condition of washrooms in surgical wards 5 and 6 is more pathetic as their corridors are often flooded with urine and water.
“In the morning, a c-section patient, while entering the washroom, slipped. She was unconscious for more than two hours,” said Rayees Haqani who was attending his sister in the ward.
Bashir Ahmad, a resident, said that a woman after undergoing surgery in the hospital was more at the risk of catching infections in these dirty and congested wards.
In the pediatric section of the hospital, rodents are a common sight. And inside the intensive care unit meant for the sick neonates, no doctor or para-medic is seen wearing masks or putting off their shoes.
However, a doctor blamed the people for the mess.
“The relatives of the patients often lay siege of the beds. They sit in the wards for hours altogether discussing their domestic issues. There is every possibility of the patients catching infection when they are surrounded by nearly a dozen people. People here lack civic sense,” a lady doctor, posted in the hospital, said.
She also blamed the hospitals of other districts for the increased patient rush in the hospital.
“The district hospitals particularly Kulgam refer 70 percent patients to this hospital despite having much better infrastructure,”she said.