A reality check lets the cat out of the bag

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at hospital at Sopur

From our Correspondent

DIMORIA, March 2: Can all that filth escape the eagle’s eye of the Quality Council of India (QCI)? Certainly not! All those who are involved in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Guwahati should redouble their efforts if they are to come up with flying colours in Swachh Survekshan, 2017, currently underway in as many as 500 metropolitan cities in the country, including Guwahati.

Quality Council of India (QCI) is an autonomous body established by the Government of India in 1997 for quality assurance in all spheres of activities, including Governce.

Here is a reality check on the achievement on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Guwahati and its suburbs. The Kamrup(M) District Hospital, Sopur makes a perfect case study for this purpose. This 200-bed hospital keeps stinking as its urils and lavatories have been left unclean for months and on. It seems that the hospital authorities have washed their hands off Swachh Bharat Abhiyan just by putting up the banners of the cleanliness drive inside the hospital campus. The lavatories and urils near the operation theatre of the hospital have been left without cleaning for months together. This led the hospital to be the home of microbes, spreading diseases of all hues.

This is not all. The condition of the water supply plant in the hospital is no better either. It is covered with herbs and shrubs. Not to speak of that, the water being supplied to the hospital has algae. This makes it crystal clear that the water supply plant has not been cleaned for a long time.

A source in the hospital said that the water being supplied by the plant is used for all purposes in the hospital. Is not it a glaring example of negligence on the part of the authorities of a government hospital at a time when the Government at the Centre is spending crores of rupees just to ensure sound human health?  A number of patients of the hospital say that the urils and the lavatories of the hospital are not fit to be used as they are not cleaned. The urils and the lavatories of the hospital make patients, especially pregnt women just after giving births, run risk of infection. The patients, they said, moved the hospital authorities several times to ensure proper upkeep of the hospital urils and lavatories, but to no avail.

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