Thursday, July 26, 2018

Single window & low-priority service at GB Pant Hospital's 66-C blood test counter upsets patients


TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, July 25: In the GB Pant Hospital apart from a blood test counter for males, there is a single window blood tests counter '66-C' for females, here the blood tests is being done in two tiers first (timing between 8.30 am and 10.00 am) with empty stomach and second (from 10.00 am to 11.00 am) after one and half hour from breakfast.
Surprisingly, one can see the long queue maintained regardless of pregnant women, handicapped people, senior citizen women, children or common women were in a single queue, many have found falling due to dizziness.
"I am here since 7.45 am for blood test of my girl child (10 yrs) she insisting for food I don't know when our turn will come", said mother in the queue residents of Dairy Farm.
"Thank God, it is me with my daughter now, suppose if her father had came with her, she should have been in this pushing queue, I cannot imagine”, said a lady in queue in place of her expectant daughter.
"For the whole hospital this is only one blood test counter for females, I being a senior citizen when going to ask that staff for priority, they become anger on me and all of us and ask to maintain queue whatever you may be. How much can one manage this crowd?," said an elderly woman of Buniyadabad.
"Since decades the GB Pant Hospital has the same single counter, for then that was sufficient and ok, but now the population and patients were immensely increased, and to manage it, the health department need to pay attention in this regard", opine Sudhakar of Dollygunj.          
Now-a-days, from early child to the elderly aged, most of the people suffer lifestyle diseases and rush to the GB Pant Hospital for one or another reason. Earlier, the frequent visits by former Lt. Governors of our islands had made facilitation to some extent for the patients, now lack of attention of venerable, GB Pant Hospital has immerged as self styled.

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