Bandipora hospital greets patients with stink of bird droppings

Bandipora hospital greets patients with stink of bird droppings
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Bandipora: Visitors to the district hospital at Bandipora have to cover their mouth while entering the hospital premises because of foul smell emanating from accumulated bird droppings, especially on rooftops.
The bird droppings have made a mess everywhere in the hospital.
The incessant rains over the last few days have added to the problem, making the stench unbearable for patients as well as attendants.
The bird droppings are a persistent problem for the hospital because of Chinar trees in the vicinity, on which many birds including Grey Heron and the migratory Little Egrets rest.
According to the Block Medical officer, Dr Sayed Rehman, droppings are a “big hazard”.
“But we cannot cut the Chinars and the only solution for the problem is to shift the hospital to its new building as soon as possible,” he said, adding that the droppings contain allergens, and hence bad for the hospital.
Though he claimed that the staff was cleaning it regularly the patients don’t seem to be impressed.
“I am here from two days and the smell hasn’t declined. It is worse in the morning to wake up to such foul smell, the mess it creates can be felt everywhere and the staff wakes up late too clean it half-heartedly,” Abdul Rasheed, an attendant, said.
A doctor who wished to remain anonymous said it was a risk to attend patients in such circumstances.
“I was on the patient round the other day and I had to tackle with five to six bird droppings while moving from one ward to another, it is risky to treat patients as the faecal droppings can pose a disease threat.”
The district administration had earlier said that the hospital would be shifted in June, but the chief medical officer, and now BMO say that shifting would be delayed as the work was “going on at snails pace.”