NEW DELHI: The 'Swachhta Pakhwara' drive turned into a flop show in Delhi’s Lok Nayak Hospital as heaps of dust and medical waste could be seen lying around the premises.
Patients and hospital employees said the campaign in the hospital has totally failed on the ground.
DTMT saw what ails the Swachh Pakhwara campaign from April 1st-15th, 2019, in this Government's biggest health facility.
Corners laden with loads of spit and pan masala stains; passageways strewn with litter -- often consisting of bio-medical waste like gloves, masks and aprons; stray dogs roaming around freely; unclean toilets and rampant illegal encroachment around the hospital premises are the common sights to expose the much hyped “Swachh Pakhwara”.
Doctors at the hospital complain about the same unhygienic practices. “We always try and teach patients and the sanitation staff about the need to keep clean, but this has to be a collective effort.”
They said, “Collection of waste and ensuring that waste is not left unattended should be an ongoing process. Sanitary staff has to be given proper equipment, salary on time and be made responsible for the services they are rendering.”
When asked about the 'Swachhta Pakhwara' drive, the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital said it aims to encourage and sensitise hospital staff, patients, their attendants and caregivers in preserving proper hygiene and sanitation.
Mr Bhagat Singh, President, Karamchari Union of the hospital, said that hospital
administration should focus on regular sanitation for proper hygiene. Concerned department should ensure daily and regular removal of the dumped garbage.”
He complained, “There must be regular sanitation at the hospital premises but it is not done.”