Be considerate to elderly: freedom fighter to AIIMS

Writes to PM asking for special provision for senior citizens

Freedom fighter Rajendra Prasad Singh (90) suffers from a number of old-age related health issues and because of the lack of specialised treatment in his native place has to come to Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for treatment very often.

However, once here, he faces the hurdle of not just navigating through the ever-increasing hospital crowd but also reaching the check-up and OPD facilities which are not available on the ground floor or in a single area.

“I am not able to walk or use the staircase for visiting different departments on different floors. My condition has deteriorated to an extend that I need immediate treatment. But this remains out of bounds simply because I am unable to reach many departments on time because of the huge crowd in the hospital. Old people deserve some respect and consideration,’’ said Rajendra Prasad Singh, in his letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his letter, he has asked that a special provision be made for freedom fighters at AIIMS. “The hospital should consider giving us some priority in consulting the OPDs and other associated works. The check-up facilities/OPD should be made available at ground floor only,’’ he said.

Rajendra Prasad Singh isn’t alone in this concern as another senior citizen from Vasant Kunj, Sukul M. Bagai, said she faces the same problem. “Geriatric Medicine OPD location is not at all elderly friendly and the hospital administration should consider reviewing it. It’s a painful process to struggle through the maze to avail OPD and physiotherapy services.”

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 3, 2020 7:13:14 PM |

Next Story