Lack of infra, ‘favouritism’ hit patient care at DH Bandipora

BMO refutes allegations, says ‘we ensure better patient care’

Bandipora, Jun 29: With lack of infrastructure, the district hospital Bandipora is facing severe criticism from the patients, alleging it to be a reason of immense hardships.
The patients as well as their attendants visiting the hospital treatment said that the lack of infrastructure and favouritism in the hospital has led to their sufferings here.
The lack of infrastructure and favouritism in the hospital according to them is forcing the patients to face hardships.
“The favouritism in the hospital has taken toll on the patients of far flung areas who are being referred to Srinagar hospitals for even minor ailments,” they said.
Aggrieved patients who visit the hospital from different parts here are up in arms over the shortage of medicines and lack of advanced medical infrastructure.
They said that limited number of ‘prioritized patients’ are adding woes to majority of visitors. They said that “higher officials recommend concerned medicos to see their kith and kin within no time.”
Patients alleged that who belong to far flung areas somehow manage to enter hospital premises early in the morning “but are being left waiting in the queue for hours as the officials are giving priority to influential persons.”
A patient from Kudara castigated hospital administration for pushing poor people to the wall. He asserted that influential persons are being attended without delay.
People mostly alleged that doctors of the hospital prefer private practice and to save their time they refer every case to Srinagar.
The attendants face hardships due to the non-availability of medicines.
Patients have to purchase the medicines from the market while as the authorities are in deep slumber.
Attendants said that due to the lack of medicines, the patients who have to undergo surgeries are being forced to buy the costly medicines from the market on huge amount.
Meanwhile, the locals appealed the Governor NN Vohra and district administration to put an immediate end to their sufferings.
Block Medical Officer (BM) Bandipora, Dr Syed Rehman said that the mess in the hospital is due to lack of space in the hospital and non creation of staff.
The hospital caters around 3 lakh population,” he added.
He said that replacement of doctors is yet to be done after their transfers, causing inconvenience to the patients.
On favouritism, BMO refuted the allegations, saying “we are trying our level best to ensure batter patient care.” (KNS)