Staff Reporter

People’s initiative to improve hospital facilities

Meeting on April 7 to chalk out details

KOZHIKODE: The Beach Hospital (General Hospital) is under public scrutiny. Lack of facilities, shortage of doctors and paucity of medicines have plagued the hospital, which was once a major health care centre in the Malabar area. Added to this were the bureaucratic tangles that blocked the disbursal of funds earmarked for the hospital development.

The Samnwaya Janasamskara Vedi is spearheading a campaign to take up the issue of improving the hospital. A meeting to chalk out the details of setting up a ‘Janakiya Kootaima’ (people’s committee) will be held here on April 7. The committee would comprise people’s representatives, including the MLA, corporation councillors, representatives of doctors, nurses, social activists and others, said D.K. Rajesh Kumar of the Vedi. The urgent problems at the hospital included paucity of medicines, including paracetamol, and cotton used for dressing.

The toilets were in a pathetic condition, leaking taps and overflowing drains that posed a health hazard were all part of the woes. In the 550-bedded hospital, only 350 beds existed with mattresses coming apart in many cases.

The hospital premise was also a haunt of anti-social elements at night posing a threat to the doctors and nurses, Mr. Rajesh Kumar said.

The data of the hospital functioning that was compiled during an open forum held on the hospital premises by the Vedi recently also took note of the efficiency with which surgeries that called for great skill were being conducted there.

P. Gangadharan, secretary of the Vedi, said the opinions generated at the open forum would be brought out in a booklet. The booklet would be sent to the Health Minister, health authorities and others to make them aware of the ground realities at the hospital. The committee would also take up the issue of using the funds available in the most effective manner, besides seeking sponsors to take up development works.

Roy R. Chandran, head of Physical Medicine, who participated in the open forum, said the chief objective was uplift of the district hospital. Non-availability of funds was a major problem, he said.