Staff Reporter

In a letter, social activist details unhygienic conditions in Government Rajaji Hospital

MADURAI: The Madras High Court Bench here has taken up a public interest litigation petition suo motu, on the basis of a letter from a social activist on unhygienic conditions at the Government Rajaji Hospital.

A Division Bench of Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and R. Subbiah directed the Registry to inform the social activist about the court’s gesture, through a special messenger, and posted the matter for hearing on Thursday.

T. Abdul Razzaq, of Munisalai here, had addressed the letter to R. Mohandoss, Registrar (Judicial) of the Madurai Bench. It was translated from Tamil to English and placed before Mr. Justice Dharma Rao.

The judge ordered that the letter be treated as a PIL petition and placed before the Division Bench. The Health and Family Welfare Secretary, the Director of Medical Services and the GRH Dean were included as respondents.

The petition’s prayer, drafted by the Registry, sought a direction to the officials to act against those responsible for the unhygienic environment in the toilets and kitchen, besides inadequate supply of water.

Mr. Razzaq said he visited the hospital on March 4 for treatment of a wound in the leg. After examination, a doctor advised him to undergo a urine test to ascertain whether he was suffering from diabetes. “I could not stand the stench in the toilet, which was in a very bad state due to poor maintenance. The sanitary facilities were bad, and I wonder how the patients and those who accompany them could bear with it.”

The letter said the menial employees were demanding money for every other service rendered to patients. The condition in the hospital did not improve even after orders passed by the High Court in 2006.

The activist suggested that the State government issue advertisements in the print and visual media, seeking donations from the public to improve the hygiene in the hospital.