ANANTNAG: Official apathy is visible at Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCH) Anantnag as only a single doctor along with few nurses are deputed during the night to cater to the sensitive patients admitted in as many as six wards.
The messy state-of-affairs in the hospital is not only evident from the space crunch and stinking wash rooms and corridors but also from the fact that the patients are completely left at the mercy of female volunteer nurses.
“I have been here for last three nights attending my sister but I have seen only these ill-trained volunteer nurses looking after the patients,” said Abdul Rashid, an attendant.
During the night hours, Rashid said, these nurses too prefer to be in laboor wards on the ground floor “to mint money from the family members of any new born.”
“When any patient in the surgical ward develops any complicacy, an attendant has to get them back from the labor wards,” he said.
Official sources said that for six wards, where over a hundred patients remain admitted every night, a single doctor is being deputed for night duty.
The lone lady doctor on night duty, attendants allege, too remains busy chatting in her room on the ground floor. “My daughter complained of severe headache, suffocation and vomiting on the second day of her cesarean. Following her complaint, I rushed to the doctor who was chatting with nurses in labor ward at least four times requesting her to see the patient but every time she sent one or the other nurse to examine her,” said Mehmooda, who was attending her daughter in surgical ward 3.
The doctors here, she said, even get the blood pressure of the women with cesarean section, examined by the volunteers nurses.
A doctor, wishing anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that the nurses, who have volunteered themselves for the job, “have discovered a money minting machine out of handling the delivery cases.”
“No sane or insane will spoil his or her sleep for nothing. Each volunteer nurse earns Rs 1000 to 1500 per night,” the doctor told Kashmir Reader.
He, however, said that these nurses are not to be blamed. “These volunteer nurses handle all the normal deliveries besides being made to look after the patients in surgical ward. So if they ask for ‘chai’ from the families of new-borns they cannot be blamed,” the doctor added.
Medical superintendent, Dr Abdul Majid Mirab, admitted that the volunteers work in the hospital but added that they are “well trained.”
“They are trained nurses and sincerely volunteer themselves for the job. But our senior staff nurses too are performing the night duties on their turn,” Dr Mirab said.
He also denied that only a single doctor is on night duty in the hospital saying. “We depute two doctors for night duties, one for labor wards and another for surgical wards,” MS said.