Dimapur, August 23: Patients admitted in the Ayush ward at District Hospital Dimapur on Friday literally breathed a sigh of relief from the nauseating stench as well as the unhygienic condition of toilets after State Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom directed the hospital authorities to initiate immediate action following Nagaland Page report on the subhuman condition of toilets in the hospital.
Nagaland Page had on its Friday’s issue reported on the deplorable and unhygienic conditions of toilets at Dimapur District Hospital’s Ayush Ward, as narrated by a young lady on social media. Apart for causing immense inconvenience to patients and their attendants, Page had reported that those using the unhygienic toilets, patients and visitors, are also prone to various infections.
“On receiving of discontentment from d citizens for unhygienic of Ayush Building at DH which ws circulated in social media widely, I hve directed d Hospital Management to initiate immediate action.N I’m happy that they have responded to the call quickly,” tweeted the Minister.
He also uploaded photos of clean and tidy toilets in the hospital wards.
Pangnyu also admitted that the Ayush ward is overcrowded due to non-completion of the main hospital complex and sought cooperation from the general public in maintaining the hospital.
District Hospital Superintendent Dr Kheshito Zhimomi told Nagaland Page that as of now there is no district hospital functioning as it has been dismantled and the entire general wards, OPD and IPD, etc had been shifted to the Ayush Building.
“The Ayush ward is a ten bedded hospital but as of now more than 50 patients under different categories of treatment are admitted in the Ayush ward. It is pathetic at times and we as doctors cannot refuse patients coming to the hospital for treatment and for which we need to adjust them in the Ayush ward,” he said.
On the unhygienic conditions of the Ayush ward at present, he admitted that it had gone beyond extent “because one patient has four to five attendants and it is always messy and overcrowded.”
“We are regularly doing the cleaning but if people don’t observes basic hygiene and keeps on splashing waters and discarding waste materials here and there then obviously it will look dirty,” he pointed out.
He said the problem at present faced by the hospital authorities will persists until the District Hospital building is completed.
On the completion of the District Hospital, he added, “It is left to the concerned contractors to reenergize themselves and complete it at the earliest. The honourable health minister had issued strict instruction to construction people for completing it at the earliest.”
“We cannot help out, we are trying and giving our best efforts,” he added. (Page News Service)