Patients at a medical centre in Chandla’s Sarwai of Chhattarpur in Madhya Pradesh complained about the discrepancies in health services provided by the centre, say ‘doctors leave us unattended & staff demands for money.”
Staff member of the hospital says, ‘we use torch & candles as there is power crisis.’
A patient named Sangeeta at the medical centre in Chandla’s Sarwai of Chhattarpur said, “I have been here since 2 at night but no one has come to see me or my child yet. When I asked them to discharge me, they asked for money in exchange.”
A relative of a patient named Ram Ratan also complained that the ambulance service is very poor as when they called for it the administration said that the driver doesn’t know the address.
“When he actually dropped us off at the hospital, he demanded Rs 200 from us,” he added.
The Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) of the hospital also accused the hospital of poor services and negligence in handling the patients she said,”Bhagwan bharose delivery hoti hai. We refer them to other hospitals in case they’re serious. If there’s electricity, it’s fine but we generally use torch & candles for treatment of patients. We complained to authority but never got a response.”
Whereas, Chief Medical & Health Officer Chattarpur denied all the allegations. He said there is proper electricity supply.
He also said,”If there’s a power shortage they have power backups. It’s completely false that there’s staff shortage or no power supply. We’ll take action against the ambulance driver.”
But the Chief Medical and health officer of the area seem to be unaware of the situation in the hospital as the MLA of Chandla, RD Prajapati said,”Maximum deaths due to malnutrition is in my constituency. There’s dearth of doctors. I appeal the administration to depute an adequate number of doctors or at least support. There is no electricity supply or generator in the area.”