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Panel sore over conditions at GH

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Patients came up with many complaints

— Photo: M. Moorthy

Reality check: G.K. Mani,Chairman of the House Committee on Public Sector Undertakings, along with other members, inspecting K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital in Tiruchi on Friday.

TIRUCHI: Poor hygiene and sanitary conditions at K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital here came in for some sharp criticism from the Assembly Committee on Public Undertakings on Friday.

The committee chairman, G.K. Mani, and members, who visited the hospital, were disappointed over poor sanitation, especially at toilets in the labour ward. The committee’s visit to the hospital caused a flutter as several patients came up with a flurry of complaints over the amenities and treatment.

The committee members went around the emergency ward and the Intensive Care Unit before two of its members, Dr. Ghayathri Devi and Ms. Sankari Narayanan, inspected the labour ward (where males are not allowed). The members reportedly found some nursing students coming out of the labour room apparently after attending to a patient. The other members, who inspected the toilet attached to the ward, pulled up the staff for poor sanitary condition.

Briefing media persons after chairing a consultative meeting with district officials in the afternoon, Mr. Mani said that the committee instructed the hospital management to improve sanitation by appointing more staff, if necessary.

“We have directed the authorities to rectify complaints made by some patients and ensure prompt and proper treatment for the poor,” he said.

MRI scan machine

The committee also directed the expeditious commissioning of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan equipment at the hospital. There was no shortage of medicine at the hospital, he said.

Committee members — MLAs M. Appavu, A. Arunmozhi Thevan, N. Ganapathi, R.D. Ganesan, K. Ghayathri Devi, Sankari Narayanan, P.S. Vijayakumar, S.P. Velumani and M. Jaganmoorthy — visited the hospital.

The college dean, M. Natarajan, and the Deputy Superintendent of the hospital, N. Balasubramaniam, accompanied the committee members.

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