It is a matter of concern that we are always failing to provide a better and clean environment in the hospitals. It is a timeworn saying that “Health is Wealth.” A healthy person can work hard to earn wealth so it is the most valuable treasure a man could have.
Healthcare has also emerged as one of the largest service sectors in India, but it is in a pitiable condition. In the din of falling rupee, slowing economy the list of challenges for India seems insurmountable. The government hospitals lack good infrastructure, dedicated staff, proper management, and hygiene to name a few.
It is an irony that a place where people heal has the most unhygienic environment. Not only just poor infrastructure, qualified doctors, poorly stored medicines, torn beds, now open defecation seems to be rampant.
In Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANNMCH) the outdoor patients and the attendants of patients admitted to the hospital ease themselves in open spaces available on the campus in Gaya, Bihar. The open defecation invites pigs and other unhygienic elements that make the environment more inhospitable and unsanitary.
A large number of patients visit this hospital on a regular basis from neighbouring districts Chatra and Koderma.
Dr SK Sinha, the hospital superintendent, blames bad drainage system and inadequate sewage for the problem. He says that ‘Sulabh Shauchalaya’ unit of the hospital premises has been rendered nonfunctional due to the sewage problems and the concerned agencies do not do the needful, as reported by The Times of India.
The patients live in very unhygienic conditions and the overflowing drains, and sinking toilets make things difficult for them.
The private security jobs and the sanitation in the medical college have been outsourced and hence the hospital authorities have no direct control over the employees.
Even attempts to contact the divisional commissioner proved futile, as reported by The Times of India.