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Lone wheel chair serves patients in Bantwal govt hospital!

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Bantwal: The 30-bed hospital government hospital in Bantwal is likely to get upgraded to 100 bed hospital in November, but the story of the wheel chair in the hospital is appalling.

Around 300 to 400 out-patients visit the hospital every day and most of them arrive in a condition where they have to be carried on a stretcher or on a wheel chair. Some of them are aged where as the rest are physically challenged looking for little comfort in their weak physical condition.

Some days ago, a physically challenged man from Sarapady village came to the hospital at 7 am in the morning. The auto driver who ferried him to the hospital carried him on his shoulders to the entrance. The 55-year-old patient had to undergo an X-ray, but neither the stretcher nor the wheel chair was available at the hospital to seat him comfortably and take him to the X-ray theatre. When the lone available wheel chair was finally spotted, the condition of the patient who occupied the chair was more pathetic than the one vying for it. The duty doctor walked to the corner where the physically challenged patient was seated and recommended X-ray. However, the long wait continued for the hapless patient from 7am to 2 pm in the corner where he remained seated without any food. When his turn came, there were no tears left to roll down his cheeks.

For routine visitors and the hospital staff, these instances are common. The hospital inventory boasts of 4 wheel chairs, but 3 are in unusable condition according to hospital sources.

The building works started in 2012 are yet to be completed. In order to serve large number of patients walking in, one wing of the completed portion is being used now by the hospital staff. Dr Radhika expressed her helplessness, but remains hopeful of a solution in the near future. She is looking forward to get three defective wheel chairs repaired at one end, where as other doctors remain hopeful of the government setting right the infrastructure before the hospital gets upgraded in November.

For now, the lonely patients who wait for the wheel chair sitting at various corners in the hospital are looking forward to an organization/NGO to offer them a helping hand in some form or the other.

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