Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital Prayagraj (file photo).
The biggest government hospital of Prayagraj division has become a den of rats. The situation has reached such a stage that rats have belched out the glucose stored for patients in the hospital. Not only this, these rats did not even spare the multivitamin purchased for the patient and also digested multivitamin tablets worth lakhs. What is also surprising is that a contract was given to a housekeeping agency to handle the work of these rats and lakhs of rupees were paid to it, yet the terror of rats continues in the hospital.
Dr. Ajay Saxena, Chief Superintendent of Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, says that the housekeeping organization that looks after the hospital’s arrangements also works to drive away rats, but despite millions of efforts, the number of rats in the hospital is not reducing. New options will soon be explored in this regard.
Allahabad High Court took cognizance
Taking suo motu cognizance of the news published on rat terror in SRN Hospital of Prayagraj, Allahabad High Court has reprimanded the hospital administration. Taking suo motu cognizance of the case, the double bench of Acting Chief Justice Manoj Kumar Gupta and Justice Kshitij Shailendra of Allahabad High Court has directed to register it as a PIL. Expressing concern, the Allahabad High Court said that such news highlights the extent to which rats are damaging the medicines and other items kept in the hospital.
What measures were taken to deal with the menace of rats?
The High Court said that this is a potential danger to the patients coming to the hospital and those who are already admitted there and their health is also at risk. The High Court directed SRN Hospital to take it on record. The government told the Allahabad High Court that a housekeeping agency has been outsourced to the hospital. The government advocate told in the court that as per the instructions, work is being done to control the menace of rats and many measures are being taken to deal with it.
High Court expressed displeasure
The agency has also assured the Chief Superintendent of the hospital that a special campaign is being run to stop such menace. The court was told that the medicines were stored properly. The attendants of the patients bring food items inside the hospital premises, which is why rats come. However, the court expressed displeasure and said that such an excuse does not influence the court. The court said that because the matter is of public importance, people come there for treatment. It is also affecting people’s health. The court has given instructions to monitor the measures being taken to control such menace.
Next hearing will be on 12th February
The Allahabad High Court has directed the Chief Superintendent of SRN Hospital to present in the court the documents related to the contract made with the hospital and the agency, which includes the amount paid to that agency, details of the amount paid by the agency to deal with such problem. All information has been sought as to what steps have been taken so far. The next hearing in this case will be on February 12.
(Input- Dinesh Singh/Prayagraj)