HEALTH: Staff hurdle for clean hospital

HEALTH: Staff hurdle for clean hospital – poor administration in Bengal ?!!

Hospital waste on the premises - no foresight in Bengal ?!! (Photo by Nantu Dey)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Raiganj, July 4: The superintendent of Raiganj district hospital has threatened to go on leave for an indefinite period if a contractor is not hired by the end of this month to keep the premises clean.

The previous contractor, whose term ended on June 30, has agreed to work till this month-end, but his performance is not up to the mark. Garbage and hospital waste have been piling up on the premises. The toilets remain unwashed.

The hospital superintendent had been locked inside a toilet on July 1 by relatives of some patients who alleged that patients had to stay in dirty and unhygienic conditions in the hospital.

“There is genuine reason to be aggrieved. But I am helpless,” said superintendent Aurobinda Tantri. He claimed that he had been asking his superiors to engage a contractor immediately.

Tantri said there were 37 sanctioned posts for cleaners for the 300-bed facility. Of them, 22 employees had retired two years ago.

“It is not possible to maintain the hospital with only 15 cleaning staff. As a result, a contractor had been engaged two years ago to look after the facility,” said Tantri.

The chief medical officer of health, Parthasarathi Bhattacharya, however, said a fresh tender had been floated to appoint a new contractor. “The process is on. I am hopeful that a contractor will be engaged before July 31,” he said.

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