ANDHRA PRADESH

ZP chief appalled at poor upkeep of hospital

NALGONDA, JULY 24. Reacting to media reports on the abysmal facilities and unhealthy atmosphere in and around the district headquarters hospital, the Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Keetha Laxmamma, on Saturday made a surprise visit to the wards and admonished authorities for "pathetic state of facilities".

Ms. Laxmamma took officials to task when some patients complained to her that the hospital employees were fleecing them and the doctors were asking them to buy drugs from private medical shops. "Is this the way to maintain a hospital? What are the steps you have taken to stop the increasing mortality rate?" she questioned the Superintendent, K. Suresh Kumar, and the Resident Medial Officer, Rajaiah.

Officials warned

She took exception to the unhygienic and the foul smell in the wards and warned officials of taking stringent action, if the situation does not improve in a couple of days.

She sought to know why they had failed to call for a meeting of the Hospital Development Society in which she is one among ten other members. When the officials brought to her notice that a file in this regard was pending with the Collector, Ms. Laxmamma said: "Why do you want to pass the buck on the Collector? Did you ever inform him of conditions existing here? Did you ever to bring the conditions existing here to his notice?

Interacts with patients

She instructed officials to prepare a detailed report and submit it to her by Auguest 2. "I want to discuss the issue at the Zilla Parishad general body meeting on that day. If the officials fail to take me seriously, I am ready to take up the issue with the authorities in the Vaidya Vidhana Parishad," she told The Hindu later.

During her surprise visit that lasted one and half hours the ZP chairperson interacted with patients in all major wards and expressed her total dissatisfaction over "the poor maintenance" of the environs.

"I am going to visit the hospital within next four days. If the situation does not show any improvement, I would be forced to crack the whip," she warned.

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